Call for expressions of interest

University of Gloucestershire and Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust have devised a new professional development opportunity for students in the School of Art & Design at the University of Gloucestershire. Seven students will be selected to live and work for 5 days in and around the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail from 23-27 April 2019, with artists, project managers, and technical advisors delivering workshops and activities towards developing either group or individual fully-detailed proposals for a public sculptural work. These proposals will be exhibited at Hardwick Gallery in September 2019.

The Sculpture Trail contains a huge range of outdoor temporary and permanent artworks by emerging and established artists such as Cornelia Parker, David Nash, Peter Randall-Page, Erika Tan, Neville Gabie, and Ian Hamilton Finlay. The trail is approx 4.5 miles long and is part of a managed-forest covering many square miles of woodland and footpaths, open to the public, wildlife and the elements. You will be expected to participate in the five-day residency whatever the weather (there will be some indoor workspace). Basic group accommodation will be provided (transport tbc), however bedding, warm clothing, sturdy boots and waterproofs will be required. The residency will involve a considerable amount of walking and strenuous physical activity. We recommend that students visit the Sculpture Trail before making their application to assess whether they wish to participate. Participation in the residency programme is free-of-charge and successful applicants must be able to commit to the entire 5 day programme and group accommodation arrangements.

A meeting to find out more and ask questions will take place at Hardwick Campus, Room AP014, on Wednesday 7th November, 4.30pm

All undergraduate and post-graduate students in the School of Art & Design are invited to submit expressions of interest to take part in the residency programme for consideration by a selection panel including artists and representatives from FODST, Forestry Commission England, and University of Gloucestershire. Deadline for applications is 5pm, Friday 30th November 2018. Applications after this time will not be considered. Successful applicants will be notified by January 11th 2019. Due to the anticipated volume of applications individual feedback on unsuccessful applications will not be available.

Expressions of interest need to include:

  • Contact details, including course title and level
  • Statement of how this opportunity will benefit, enhance or diversify your existing art/photography/design/curatorial practice interests (300 words max)
  • Statement of access requirements, and/or medical, health or personal issues that staff should be aware of for participation in fieldwork or practical activities. (Sensitive information will be treated with full confidentiality and securely disposed of after selection.)

Email applications and enquiries to Sarah Bowden: