Forestry Commission Appoints Its First Arts Development Officer

By 24 Hour Museum Staff | 28 January 2008
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Hayley Skipper, the new Arts Development Officer at Grizedale Forest with 'Some Fern' by Kerry Morrison 1997, sited on the Grizedale Tarn Trail. Photograph by Alan Russell (Forestry Commission).

The Forestry Commission has bolstered its commitment to developing contemporary arts outdoors by appointing its first Arts Development Officer in Britain - at Grizedale Forest Park in the Lake District.

Hayley Skipper, an artist and project co-ordinator, has been appointed to reinvigorate the sculpture programme at Grizedale, at the forefront in the development of art in the environment in the 1970s.

The forest is home to over 60 sculptures including works by Andy Goldsworthy, Sally Matthews, Richard Harris and David Kemp.

“I’m really excited to be part of such a diverse and innovative visual arts project,” said Hayley. “I hope to refresh the art programme at Grizedale and introduce people to some exciting new works, as well as encouraging them to come and see the pieces that make up the existing collection of sculptures in the forest.”

a photo from below of a steel platform set on poles within a forest

Torment of the Metals by Jill Randall, 1992, sited on the Millwood Trail at Grizedale. Photograph Julie Coldwell, courtesy the Forestry Commission

Hayley will work to reinvigorate the sculpture programme with new commissions that represent the best in established and emerging contemporary visual art.

She will also create and curate the archive of Grizedale Arts, an independent contemporary arts organisation, which originally developed the sculpture programme in the forest. The archive, dating back to 1968, will eventually be available to view by appointment in the Visitor Centre at Grizedale.

Hayley’s role is part of the wider Grizedale Project, a £5 million scheme to improve the quality of the visitor experience and support the local economy.

More information about the Grizedale Project can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/northwestengland

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