King’s Wood Interventions –  a feast for the eyes and ears, and food for thought!

The second successful year of collaboration with University for the Creative Arts at Canterbury and University of Kent School of Fine Arts.

A series of interventions created by UCA Fine Art students were launched on Saturday July 8th. Many will remain in situ over the summer.

Visitors enjoyed a wonderful sunny evening walking through King’s Wood, taking in the many different and distinct installations and performances. There was a welcome break half-way at the Forest Studio where three more artists works were shown. Most of the students were on hand to talk about their work and answer questions from the audience. The evening ended with an incredibly magical and atmospheric musical piece as the sun went down in the sky.

Students have benefitted from professional development but also from spending time in the woods, and in the Forest Studio. Access that has allowed them to explore, develop and for many to realise their work in this rich environment and public space.

Artist Residencies at Kings Wood Forest Studio

Madeline Jones

“During my weekend residency at Kings Wood I embarked on a series of work as a response to the liminal nature of the forest environment. …
Previously the notions of movement, perception and ephemerality  had only been explored with internal installations….Kings Wood has been a fantastic opportunity to further develop my ideas that arose from my engagement with the landscape”.

Ruth Rollason

The Kings Wood residency gave me the opportunity, time and space to work with new ideas and materials. The unfamiliar exploration of a unique space will assist in ferrying my ideas forward to my MA final project at UCA Canterbury.

Getting involvedUniversity students at work in Kings Wood 2016

Last year we celebrated the first installation of student work. Students studying at the University for the Creative Arts and University of Kent School of Fine Art and Music programmes visited the woods and created pieces that responded to what they saw, heard, felt and experienced on their visits.  Some of their work included sculptures which were displayed in the large glade close to the car park over the summer.

2017 will see new work being created by students… we will keep you posted on installations over the next few months.IMGP2137IMGP2140IMGP2135