Aerocene Flies at Forest of Imagination 2017
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Aerocene Flies at Forest of Imagination 2017

The schools of art, architecture and science collided when Forest of Imagination launched the spectacular floating Aerocene sculpture during Forest of Imagination 2017. The sculpture flew high above Bushey Norwood, using wind currents and the heat of the sun, this incredible air-fuelled sculpture reached up to eight metres in size and was completely emission free. To see a video of Aerocene at Forest of Imagination 2017 click here. The Aerocene Project, is...

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19 Sep 2017
‘School interrupts the natural appetite of learning’, Forest of Imagination Reignites It
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‘School interrupts the natural appetite of learning’, Forest of Imagination Reignites It

Children today spend less time outside than maximum security prisoners, according to research carried out by Unilever in conjunction with Sir Ken Robinson. International guidelines for maximum security prisoners state that inmates should spend at least two hours outside a day, while, research undertaken by Unilever and Sir Ken Robinson, which surveyed more than 12,00 families worldwide, asked parents: ‘how much time their children spent outside...

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17 Jul 2017
Forest of Imagination 2017 attracts thousands of visitors!
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Forest of Imagination 2017 attracts thousands of visitors!

Forest of Imagination 2017 attracts thousands of visitors to meadows of Bushey Norwood, part of Bath’s Skyline Walk, to experience its fantastical forests, art trails and innovative sculptures. The free, pop-up contemporary arts event took place 29th June – 2nd July 2017 and saw The National Trust-owned meadow at Bushey Norwood transformed into a colourful tapestry of creative workshops and immersive artworks. Highlights of the...

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12 Jul 2017
Giant Acorns from The Circus Re-locate to Bushey Norwood
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Giant Acorns from The Circus Re-locate to Bushey Norwood

Back in 1754 the, now famous, architect John Wood the Elder had the extraordinary vision to design and build something groundbreaking in the City of Bath. With inspiration taken from amphitheatres, prehistoric stone circles and grand squares, Wood designed The Circus, a terrace of houses curving around a central circular space. Then topping each house with large, imposing, Bath Stone Acorns, with 108 altogether placed around the roofs of The Circus. Many...

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29 Jun 2017
Collaboration = Creativity
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Collaboration = Creativity

A forest is one of the best classrooms. Children, playing outdoors, learn through first-hand experiences and in cooperation with others. They play with ideas, thoughts and materials in a safe environment. To help the Forest of Imagination to create these outdoor classrooms and workshop spaces we supported a range of collaborations, partnerships and teamwork between disciplines and industries to support and offer new perspective in...

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26 Jun 2017
Forest Fosters Democratic Learning between Industry, Students & Disciplines
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Forest Fosters Democratic Learning between Industry, Students & Disciplines

Forest of Imagination believes that learning and education should be participatory, empowering and democratic, which is why collaboration is encouraged and propagated between different industries, businesses, students, schools, leaders, pupils and artists. The BookyBall is a structure that has been designed and built by a collaboration between students from the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering at the University of Bath, alongside architects from Bath-based, architectural and urban design...

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26 Jun 2017
Explore: The Hideaway a House of Imagination
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Explore: The Hideaway a House of Imagination

Students from the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering at the University of Bath have collaborated, alongside architects from Bath-based, architectural and urban design practice, FCB Studios, engineering consultants and specialists, Buro Happold and Bath University Teaching Fellow, Toby Lewis BSC MA RIBA to create a series of unique bespoke installations. The Hideaway is a House of Imagination for artists, storytellers, musicians and dancers. It takes the form of...

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26 Jun 2017
Bath Uni Students, FCB Studios & Buro Happold Collaborate to Create a Cocoon Sculpture
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Bath Uni Students, FCB Studios & Buro Happold Collaborate to Create a Cocoon Sculpture

The bedrock of the Forest of Imagination is collaboration. This year, students from the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering at the University of Bath worked alongside architects from Bath-based, architectural and urban design practice, FCB Studios, engineering consultants and specialists, Buro Happold and Bath University Teaching Fellow, Toby Lewis BSC MA RIBA to create installations. The brief was to create a series of unique, bespoke installations, Houses of Imagination,...

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26 Jun 2017
Discover a Cocoon Workshop Under a Beech Tree
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Discover a Cocoon Workshop Under a Beech Tree

Bath textile artist Alison Harper, is returning to the Forest of Imagination this year and will be running a Cocoon Workshop and Cocoonery situated underneath a beautiful and enormous Beech Tree in Bushey Norwood. Forest visitors will have the pleasure of visiting Alison in her Cocconery to make their very own Cocoons and discover what creatures sleep in and create Cocoons. The lower leaves of the...

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26 Jun 2017
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Dame Helen Ghosh Supports Forest of Imagination

Dame Helen Ghosh, Director-General at the National Trust has personally pledged her support of the Forest of Imagination, stating: “We want to make sure children and their families can enjoy exciting and memorable outdoor experiences and be inspired to protect the environment. This is why we are so pleased to support the Forest of Imagination and we are sure it will be a great success.”...

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23 Jun 2017
Re-imagining Childhood – A focus on the importance of childhood & creativity
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Re-imagining Childhood – A focus on the importance of childhood & creativity

This is a particularly exciting year for Forest as, charity 5x5x5=Creativity, an arts-based action research organisation, launches: Re-imagining Childhood event, in conjunction with Forest of Imagination. Re-imagining Childhood brings together a wonderful group of leading thinkers and creative professionals to explore the possibility of a different kind of childhood for our children, one that values the power of the imagination, focusing on the importance of childhood, debating child rights, human...

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22 Jun 2017
© Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2017
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Spectacular Aerocene Sculpture to Fly at Forest

The schools of art, architecture and science collide with the spectacular floating Aerocene sculptures that will fly high above Bushey Norwood exclusively for the Forest of Imagination this year from 30th June until 2nd July. Harnessing wind currents and the heat of the sun, these incredible air-fuelled sculptures reach up to eight metres in size and are completely emission free. The Aerocene Project, is a remarkable exploration into navigation, architecture,...

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21 Jun 2017
The Giant Tiny Ant Quest: Discover AR at Forest
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The Giant Tiny Ant Quest: Discover AR at Forest

An exciting and exhilarating adventure will take place everyday at Forest of Imagination: The Giant Tiny Ant Quest, will see small forest explorers taken on a quest to discover a Queen Ant, a wonderful ants nest and an augmented reality view of life inside an ant colony. The Tiny Giant Ant Quest is a brilliant collaboration between Anthony Head, Bristol Zoo Gardens, The House of Fairy Tales and...

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19 Jun 2017
Create a Fantastical Forest Map
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Create a Fantastical Forest Map

Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination are joining Forest of Imagination this year, on a mission to inspire children and adults to develop their own curiosity and imagination! The organisation will run a workshop at Forest developing a fantastical map of Forest of Imagination, bringing together real and imaginary journeys and stories. The workshop, which will be run by CCI artists, will be structured into a series of games, inviting you...

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19 Jun 2017
© Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2017
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The Areocene Explorer Takes Off at Forest

Forest of Imagination are delighted to announce that it will host the extraordinary work of international, contemporary artist, Tomas Saraceno, during the four-day event at Bushey Norwood. An exhibition and performance of the Aerocene Explorer by the Aerocene Foundation, a project founded by artist Tomas Saraceno and his studio will be held, if the weather is appropriate, everyday during the Forest of Imagination. Widely regarded...

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15 Jun 2017
Explore the Sound Nest at Forest of Imagination
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Explore the Sound Nest at Forest of Imagination

All of the installations at Forest of Imagination are designed to inspire, excite and intrigue and the Seeking Sound Nest will not disappoint. The Copse, a beautiful, wooden nest-like structure, will be created by award winning, traditional and contemporary oak frame craft company Carpenter Oak and Woodland. The Copse like structure will be hand-built by the craftsman at Carpenter Oak and Woodland on site at Bushey Norwood and...

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14 Jun 2017
Immerse yourself in sound and discover: I am an Insect!
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Immerse yourself in sound and discover: I am an Insect!

This year, Forest of Imagination are delighted that Martyn Ware, now a Trustee of Forest of Imagination, is back. Martyn, and his son, Gabriel Ware have composed and created a unique, playful and immersive sound experience for Forest of Imagination, which will be hidden in a forest dell in the ancient meadowland of Bushey Norwood.  Martyn Ware found fame at the height of the new wave, electronic and synthpop music era...

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13 Jun 2017