Forest of Imagination

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beech avenue of Wandlelbury County Park

A city-wide celebration of creativity, community and the natural world

Forest of Imagination celebrates the natural world at a time when there is mounting evidence about the vital importance of the outdoors to our mental wellbeing. This creative project brings together a diverse range of voices from right across the city and beyond.

Working in collaboration with the council’s Cambridge Canopy Project and the conservation organisation Cambridge Past, Present and Future, the Forest offers rich creative experiences through artist-led workshops with groups ranging from schools and community organisations to conservationists and faith groups.

Each group will produce original artwork that will then be used to create beautiful gauze hangings to be exhibited in two large-scale immersive events or ‘forests’, bookending National Tree Week (27 November – 5 December 2021).

Hangings created in 2020 were drawn from creative work produced by 110 children from Mayfield and Girton Primary Schools in Cambridge when they worked with artist Caroline Wendling. Already in 2021 we are gathering new work for this year’s Forest from a further 80 young people from Shirley Community Primary School (Cambridge), Howard Community Academy (Bury St-Edmunds), Thongsley Fields Primary School (Huntingdon) and Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses) who have worked with artists Alfie Carpenter, Hilary Cox Condron, Filipa Pereira-Stubbs, Sally Todd Tonka Uzu, Libby Walmsley and Caroline Wendling. It is exciting to see so many voices of young people and artists from across our region contributing to this project.

We are building on the work we began in 2020 to celebrate Tree Charter Day, when we loved hearing why trees are important for us all. Gathered on this page are some of the stories people shared.

A total joy. The most memorable public art installation for me of the last decade.
Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council, November 2020.

If you’d like to participate in any way, please contact us.

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Forest of Imagination