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New Exhibition in Gallery 1

New Exhibition in Gallery 1

Dean Heritage Centre Events



Sunday 10th December

Our Secret Forest performance and Sarah franklin's Book launch

What is Our Secret Forest?

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and supported by The Dean Heritage Centre 'Our Secret Forest' is a project delivered by Arts in Rural Gloucestershire's 'Found in the Forest' Youth Theatre.

During 2017 young people from the youth theatre have been collecting oral histories from local residents who lived through WW2 in the Forest of Dean. Using these recordings as a foundation the youth theatre will develop these recordings into a live performance to be performed at the Miners Welfare Hall in Cinderford in November. Following this young people will create a pop-up performance here at the Dean Heritage Centre in December, launching an exhibition which will document the project; open to the public from December 2017 to March 2018.

Click here to see a video of the project so far.

Click here to see the blog about the project .

For more information on the project contact Jamie Lee on

New Exhibition in Gallery 1

Dean Heritage Centre Events

New Exhibition in Gallery 1

New Exhibition in Gallery 1

New Exhibition in Gallery 1

New Exhibition in Gallery 1

New Exhibition in Gallery 1

New Exhibition in Gallery 1

New Exhibition in Gallery 1

New Exhibition in Gallery 1

New Exhibition in Gallery 1

New Exhibition in Gallery 41

New Exhibition in Gallery 1

Dean Heritage Centre Art Exhibition Georgie Gibbons

New Exhibition in Gallery 1


Graham Wilde


Cox and Sinden

Jane Potter - Gallery 41 until Sunday 8th September 2013
Jane is the daughter of the late television dramatist, screen writer and journalist, Dennis Potter. After a foot injury in 2012, Jane spent the five month recovery period painting scenes using a collaboration of her memories, emotions and colour. The result is an explosion of shades and movement which takes the viewer on a journey through the vibrant and spectacular wonderland of the Forest of Dean.

Running in conjunction with Jane´s exhibition is an imaginative display of intricate stone carved miniatures created by her cousin, Maddie Leigh.

A Different View - A Joint Exhibition by Chris Sinden and Jackie Cox

Saturday 27th July until Sunday 8th September 2013

This impressive new exhibition by Jackie Cox & Chris Sinden highlights their passion for landscape and animal artistry. Both artists work in very different mediums, which perfectly complement each other when exhibited side-by-side.

Techniques include Linocut, water colour, pencil and scraper board surmounting to a vivid and varied display of work.
Jackie has been drawing and painting ever since she can remember and was blessed with the talents passed to her from her grandparents who were both commercial artists. Many of her works are animal based depicting their characters through detailed work to the eyes, fur and stature.

Chris Sinden learnt the art of lino cutting in Southern Norway. His first prints were of local views before his pieces turned to quirky humour. Two of his “Dirty Habit” prints were toured across Southern Norway. He moved back to the UK in 2005 and settled into life in the Forest of Dean. It was here that he began to specialise in wildlife subjects, exhibiting his work with the Society of Wildlife Artists since 2004.

Colours of Nature’ - Helen Absalom - Saturday 14th September - Sunday 27th October 2013

A remarkable new exhibition by Helen Absalom inspired by the vivid and bold colours of the Forest of Dean wildlife. Helen enjoys the challenge of capturing the detail and vibrancy of each new painting and is never stuck for inspiration. For this exhibition she has focused on the brilliant and colourful subjects of wild flowers, butterflies and bees.

Dean Heritage Centre: Past and Present - Friday 13th September - Sunday 15th December 2013

This special exhibition, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Centre, takes an in depth look at the Dean Heritage Centre, past and present. The Centre is a registered charity and community founded venture dedicated to protecting, preserving and promoting the unique history and heritage of the beautiful Forest of Dean.

'Out and About' - Photography by Ian Evans

From Saturday 21st December 2013 until Sunday 2nd February 2014, visitors to the Dean Heritage Centre (DHC) will be able to see photography from local photographer Ian Evan´s trips out and about.

Art Gallery: Annual Community Art Exhibition
Saturday 8th February until Sunday 23rd March

View work from a variety of artists from the local area. Artists vary from use who dabble with a paintbrush to those who have spent years honing their gift.

Gallery 41: Warren James and the Forest of Dean Riots
Friday 20th December until Sunday 23rd March

This exhibition details the events of the 1831 Forest of Dean riots including the causes, actions and repercussions faced by the rioters.

John Belcher: My point of view
29th March until 11th May

The Centre will be playing host to an exhibition by one of its own volunteers and former trustee, John Belcher.

Amanda Christine Cox ORE: Treasure and Promise Under the Forest
17th May - 22nd June 2014

This enchanting new exhibition by Amanda Christine Cox focuses on the splendour underneath the Forest of Dean. Amanda is fascinated by the natural beauty of the physical environment especially when juxtaposed by the suffering of the miners who had to work there.

John Belcher: Retrospective (Gallery 41)
29th March until 22nd June

The Centre will be playing host to an exhibition by one of its own volunteers and former trustee, John Belcher
The exhibition will be divided between the art gallery at the centre and its community space, gallery 41.

Sarah Pratt: Flowers and Gardens
28th June until 10th August

This captivating new exhibition by Sarah Pratt is inspired by the natural environment and Sarah's love of flowers and gardens. Sarah's work is bright and colourful and she enjoys combining colours and patterns in her work.



Ewart Woolley: Photography Exhibition

Saturday 4th October until Sunday 16th November 2014




James Thorne

Tony Phillips 


Sam White 

Community Art 

Sam White 



Amanda Cox