Supported by an Arts Council England National Lottery project grant, the Wood People Connective has commissioned six local artists, Beccy McCray, Project Rewild, James Roseveare, Felicity Truscott, Lily Arnold, and the Turner Prize-nominated Project Artworks to create site-specific art installations using only foraged timber and natural materials. Wilding is from 5th to 13th June in Church Wood, Hollington.

The artworks are inspired by woodland dens and reference ideas of home, shelter, wildness and wilderness. Artists have been paired with local community groups, including Halton Dementia, Surviving The Streets, Seaview Project, and Churchwood Primary, to create their artworks.

A den in Church Wood

The Wood People Connective have also curated intimate, nature-themed, acoustic music performances and storytelling by local people, which will take place amongst the installations, and a programme of part-icipatory craft workshops – all unplugged and in the woods! Wilding kicks off with a live set by Gwyneth Herbert and a special performance in partnership with Hastings Academy. 

Creativity and nature are essential for our well-being, yet disadvantaged communities typically have the least access to both. Child poverty levels in Hastings are the thirteenth highest in England, and for this reason Wilding is completely FREE to attend. The fest aims to get people back outside, connecting people with trees and nature through creativity. Nature is a unifying force and the woodland will become a magical, outdoor community space to meet, be inspired, to learn, play and create.

So come and feel the interconnected fungi, smell the forest floor, see the creatures, insects and birds, hear the ancient trees creek and the whispering wild wood calling you deeper into its midst… The wilderness belongs to the wild!

Artworks are open throughout but booking essential for FREE live
events. Numbers are strictly limited in accordance with government Covid-19 rules. Tickets available week commencing 17th May

To let the organisers know you’re coming and sharing with friends go to Wilding Hastings on Facebook events.

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