Welcome to the website of Stour Valley Arts. Although we closed on the 31 March 2015, and this website is no longer updated it remains accessible as a record of projects.
For the past 21 years we have worked to explore the legacy of land art with a wide range of artists including sculptors, sound artists, musicians and composers, dancers, craftspeople, photographers, and filmmakers. We have worked with artists over extended amounts of time in the forest, who became attuned to the environment of Kings Wood. We have supported artists to produce innovative new work in the forest as a means of sharing their response to this unique context.
Throughout this time we have developed a specialised artist- led learning programme, which is responsive to individual participants and the forest environment. The programme makes artists’ practice directly accessible and draws inspiration from the commissioned artworks installed in Kings Wood. Participants learn new methods and skills associated with materials found in the forest environment.
Since 1994 we have worked with hundreds of artists, commissioned 22 permanent works, produced over 200 events including launches, workshops, performances. We have worked with thousands of school children and over 300 volunteers and placements. Seven of the sculptures we commissioned are still in the forest today, and are visited by over 150,000 people each year.
Our unique context and approach to working with artists has resulted in the extraordinary breadth of art works and projects listed on this website. We hope that it will inspire you today to visit Kings Wood and create your own response to the natural environment.
We would like to thank Sandra Drew, the trustees and individuals who established Stour Valley Arts; the Forestry Commission, Arts Council England and trusts and foundations who have funded us over the years, and Stour Valley Arts staff past and present. We are grateful to friends and key supporters, all of our commissioned artists, artist educators, project partners, volunteers, interns and those who undertook work placements at Stour Valley Arts.
We work in partnership with artists and arts organisations, scientists and health professionals, environmental organisations and stakeholders to create high quality art that engages the public in the natural environment.
On behalf of the board of trustees for Stour Valley Arts, we regret to announce that despite extensive re-visioning we have been unable to secure further funding from Arts Council England. This leaves us unable to continue the work of the organisation and with great sadness we have taken the very difficult decision to cease […] Read More
We work in partnership with artists and arts organisations, scientists and health professionals, environmental organisations and stakeholders to create high quality art that engages the public in the natural environment. We believe that art has a stake in the stewardship of nature as do scientists, politicians and commercial organisations, and that we can more directly […] Read More