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‘Wilding’ with Wood People Connective

In collaboration with the local community and various high profile artists, The Wood People Connective have co-created a beautiful, free, forest art fest called ‘Wilding’, offering us live music from Gwyneth Herbert, art installations with 6 local artists, storytelling and craft workshops. ALL WELCOME! Fully inclusive and free of charge. Spread the word!

Wood People Connective presents

Wilding: The Wilderness Belongs to the Wild

Unplugged and in the woods

5 – 13 June, Church Woods, Hollington in Hastings
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Supported by an Arts Council England National Lottery project grant

The Wood People Connective have commissioned six local artists to create site-specific art installations using foraged timber and natural materials. Artists include Beccy Mccray, whose passion for our shared planet and creativity know no bounds –  and the 2021 Turner Prize-nominated Project Artworks. Each artist is paired with a local community group (from schools, to people with dementia and those surviving the streets) to co-create and build together in the woods.

Design by Shaun Mills

The Wood People Connective have also curated intimate, acoustic music and nature-themed storytelling to place amongst the installations, alongside a programme of participatory craft workshops.

‘Wilding’ will open with a performance by the acclaimed musician, Gwyneth Herbert – in collaboration with Hastings Academy.

All by the community. For the community.

Wilding ultimately aims to ease us out of our lives in lockdown and back into the open air; connecting people, trees and nature through creativity.

We know that creativity and nature are essential for our well-being, yet disadvantaged communities – such as ours in Hastings, which has the 13th highest child poverty levels in England – typically have the least access to both. For this reason the festival is completely FREE and inclusive.

Image: Beccy Mccray

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Posted 21:31 Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021 In: Nature

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