Artist Commission & Exhibition 

Closing date: Monday 5th October 2020

Fee: £3000

plus £1000 allowance for production, travel and accommodation.

*International artists are welcome to apply. However, there is no further funding available to cover travel.

Grizedale Forest & Signal Film and Media, with support from Art Fund, are seeking a socially engaged digital artist/collaborative to create a new, online participatory artwork responding to Grizedale Forest in Cumbria in the North West of England. 

During lockdown the forest continued to grow, wildlife became more abundant and changed its behaviour, people formed a new sense of value for access to outdoor space and nature. 

The Digital Forest will capture a truly unique moment in time as visitors slowly return to the forest and once again become reconnected with nature. This project has been designed so that underrepresented groups are very much part of that reconnection as we open up the forest to become the gallery, studio and playground for all as new relationships are formed through digital media and creativity.

The commissioned artist will work alongside a local BAME/BIPOC community group to increase engagement with the forest and digital art for this underrepresented audience/visitor group. The project will provide new learning and testing of innovative working practices aimed at helping develop artwork beyond the physical forest so that more people, from more backgrounds, can engage with art inspired by the forest.

All applications, including the supporting material, will be reviewed by a panel of assessors which includes:

Grizedale Forest Art Development Manager Hazel Stone

Signal Film and Media Director Loren Slater

Grizedale Forest Centre Manager Dave Lowe

FACT Liverpool Learning Producer Jenny Watts

AWAZ Cumbria Company Secretary Mohammed Dhalech

Invisible Flock Technical Director Ben Eaton

This opportunity has been made possible by the kind support from Art Fund.



Grizedale Forest is the UK’s first forest for sculpture, first welcoming artists to the forest in 1977. The arts programme is led by Forestry England and is re-establishing Grizedale Forest as a centre of international excellence for art and sculpture in the environment. The forest is 10 square miles of woodland in the Lake District which is managed and maintained by Forestry England. We are proud to have acquired the We’re Good to Go industry standard, awarded by Visit England. This is independent verification that we have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, have a Risk Assessment in place and have implemented processes to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing. For more information on visitor safety please contact Visitors Services on 0300 067 4495 /


Signal Film & Media is an award-winning film and digital media company based in Barrow-in-Furness with a reputation for both high-quality, professional short film production and a wide range of community engagement media projects. Our artist-led company has delivered innovative film and digital media projects since 2001, providing access to opportunities and inspiration through film and digital media, creating award-winning works for exhibition and supporting the development of a vibrant film and arts culture in the area.


Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art. It provides millions of pounds every year to help museums to acquire and share works of art across the UK, further the professional development of their curators, and inspire more people to visit and enjoy their public programmes. Art Fund is independently funded, supported by the 159,000 members who buy the National Art Pass, who enjoy free entry to over 240 museums, galleries and historic places, 50% off major exhibitions, and receive Art Quarterly magazine. Art Fund also supports museums through its annual prize, Art Fund Museum of the Year, which was won by St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff, in 2019, and through a range of digital platforms.