Little Forest Land Art was started in early 2017 by ceramicist Jan Griffiths and myself. I met Jan in 2008 at events at Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, when it first opened in Gunwharf Quays, and I was just starting to feel ‘comfortable’ being in public. We both attended the first four talks and workshops there and our friendship built.
Jan has a studio overlooking a lovely wild meadow, surrounded by ancient woodland in the Hampshire countryside, north of Fareham. She opens her studio and garden each year for Art in the Garden, and the Land Art project has extend this into the woodland with a path surrounding the meadow.
Following my Grow An Exhibition project and being able to travel a bit further, Jan allowed me to have a play on her land. When other visitors learnt what we were doing, they wanted to get involved and now Jan & I have been joined by an eclectic mix of people, including a teaching assistant, retired nurse, administrator, and photographer to name a few, but all with the same interests of art and nature. We meet every week or two, keeping the site under control, creating spaces to show work and making pieces to show at the annual Art in the Garden event. We all support each other to create the work… and there is also time to chat and eat cake!
The site allows for plenty of varied spaces to experiment in. Open meadow, secluded spaces, under single trees or deep in the woodland.