Pop up art event offers Bath gallery ‘without walls’

Forest of Imagination

The Forest of Imagination is a multidisciplinary contemporary arts event – organised by a team of committed organisations and individuals – popping up this Friday 11 July at the  Bath School of Art and Design campus in Sion Hill.

With a playful programme of artworks and creative interventions. It is free to attend, open to all ages, with something for everyone to experience the contemporary arts in an outdoor setting.

Championing contemporary arts and creativity in Bath, Forest of Imagination will transform the gardens at Bath School of Art and Design, Sion Hill, into an imagined, fantastic landscape – a ‘gallery without walls’, involving artists, designers, musicians and performance.

Workshops will be held with artists including Anna Gillespie, Michael Brennand-Wood, Edwina Bridgeman, Jessica Palmer, Mauricio Velasierra and the Natural Theatre Company. Gavin Turk’s The House of Fairy Tales, with artist and performer Miranda La Mutanta, will create an immersive narrative environment for children and families working with students from Bath Spa University. Local schools have been engaged in forest related projects in the run-up to the event, and will be taking part in workshops on Friday and Monday.

Tiger sketch for Forest gateway by paper artist Jessica Palmer
Tiger sketch for Forest gateway by paper artist Jessica Palmer

Having received tremendous support following the initial RSA Kickstarter film for ‘Artspace Bath’, the team behind the Forest of Imagination event would love to invite everyone to enjoy a showcase of the creativity of Bath.


The Forest of Imagination has been organised by a host of Bath creative individuals and

organisations, including Grant Associates, 5x5x5=creativity, Ideas of the Mind, Illuminate Bath, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Bath Spa University.

The aim is to engage the City and the people of Bath and beyond in an enjoyable dialogue through the experience of the contemporary arts about the imagination and creativity.

We aim to pave the way for a new centre for contemporary creativity that will include a new contemporary art space in Bath.

Penny Hay, Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University said: “Forest of Imagination is an experience for all ages. We want to engage everyone in a conversation about creativity and imagination.

This gallery without walls celebrates creativity in the city bringing together a whole host of creative individuals and organisations to show our collective imagination. We want to put Bath on the map for contemporary arts and design.”

Andrew Grant, Director of Grant Associates, the landscape architects responsible for the design of Forest of Imagination, added: “The idea behind this project is to capture the invisible creative spirit of Bath and stimulate people’s imagination through a rich variety of contemporary art forms.”

For more information visit http://www.forestofimagination.com.