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Events at the Dean Heritage Centre

August 2017

Over the summer holidays become an explorer

Download the Summer 'WHAT'S ON' Guide here

Monday 31st July- Friday 1st September

During the school holidays there will be a variety of activities exploring how the Forest can be used as a resource. The team at the Dean Heritage Centre invite you to join us to explore how the Forest can be used as a resource. Foraging has occurred throughout the ages, join a team of facilitators in a range of activities to understand how our ancestors relied upon the Forest to live. Activities ranging from woodland trails, medieval herblore and botantical arts.

Monday 7th August- Friday 11th August

Join the AIR in G team here at the Dean Heritage Centre for their Summer Drama School. Further details of how to get involved and the theme of the drama school here

Sunday 20th August

Community Performance; Passing the Baton

"There's music in the water here. It's in the trees and in the coal seams. It runs right through the core of the people."

The Dean Heritage Centee is delighted to host a brand-new theatrical + musical extravaganza!

Passing the Baton has been commissioned as part of Wyldwood Arts Forest Tales project and will be touring around the Forest of Dean throughout August and September 2017.

Funded by Arts Council, Forest Tales is an intergenerational project focusing on stories and memories from the local area. Over the past few months Wyldwood Arts have been working with playwright Mike Akers to develop a new script which has been taken from discussions and memories uncovered in intergenerational sessions Wyldwood Arts have been running with the local community.

Much of the inspiration and focus of the story has come from the Lydbrook Brass Band and we are delighted that the Lydbrook Training Band will be joining us for a very special intergenerational performance.

The set has been created through community workshops delivered by Artspace Cinderford, using screen prints inspired by the stories.

Find further information here!

See a sneak peek from the first week of rehearsals here!

New Exhibition in Gallery 1


Recycled & Reclaimed; Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

Sculptures from salvage "not just a load of old junk"

We are very pleased to be working in partnership with Arts in the Marches to hold an outdoor sculpture exhibition at the Dean Heritage Centre. A special guide will guide them to the sculptures and provide information about the artists and the story of their sculpture. The exhibition will feature work by several local artists and our on-site carvers.

It is an opportunity to come along and view things through different eyes and see the beauty in something that might otherwise have been discarded.

Arts in the Marches is an arts company based in the heart of the Marches; the border lands between Wales and England. It supports artists and craft makers throughout the area by providing marketing and other support to help them improve their promotion and sales.

The company is run by Frances Warren who submitted some of her own work into our Community exhibition last year. As a result of this Frances suggested the idea of an outdoor sculpture exhibition at the Dean Heritage Centre to our Education and Audience Engagement Officer, Joanne Clarke who was extremely happy to support the idea.

Joanne Clarke comments, "The Dean Heritage Centre is always happy to find new ways to showcase local artists' work whether they are established, amateur or just looking for ways to get noticed, we have a unique site which lends itself to celebrating art in all its guises. Using recycled and reclaimed materials to create art and to discover beauty in something destined for destruction is a powerful continuation of the products usefulness and story."

New Exhibition in Gallery 1
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