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Events at the Dean Heritage Centre

April 2017

Easter Holidays

Saturday 8th April-Sunday 23rd April

A range of craft and living history activities to entertain all of the family.
This Easter we are inviting you to 'Connect with Nature and Discover Forest stories'
Spring is a wonderful time to explore our site and the veteran woodlands that surround us. Join members of our team to delve deeper into nature and venture into the woodlands beyond. Learn simple bush craft skills, build dens, identify plants and trees and learn tracking skills to find out where forest creatures live and wander.
Use nature as inspiration to create art with local artists and meet the characters from history who tell the stories of Foresters past. There will be a Gallery and outdoor trail to challenge the mind as well as craft activities for visitors of all ages available daily in the Craft Hut.
Details of daily activities will be posted on our website and Facebook page.

Recycled & Reclaimed

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

Outdoor Exhibition at the Dean Heritage Centre

From Friday 14th April to Sunday 4th June

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