Timber awarded £75,000 for combined arts and music programme

Timber Festival has been awarded £75,000 from the Arts Council’s Grants For The Arts Fund to support its extensive programme of spellbinding arts experiences for audiences this summer.

Timber is an extraordinary new three day festival celebrating the transformative impact of forests in the heart of the National Forest, one of Britain’s boldest environmental projects. Created by the National Forest Company and Wild Rumpus (award-winning producers of the Just So Festival), over 240 events across the weekend will include a range of high quality artists across the genres of outdoor arts, visual arts and installation, spoken word, music, theatre, puppetry and circus.

Rooted in the pursuit of knowledge, the arts programme at Timber will help shine a spotlight on how we live, work and play in nature, examining the economic, social and cultural impacts of forests.

Timber Festival will encourage audiences to come together to help us think about forests as a catalyst for change and aims to make a substantial contribution to the outdoor arts sector, with an intention to initiate an international network of forest festivals.

Highlights of the festival programme include music headliners Jane Weaver and This Is The Kit, a keynote address from Stuart Maconie, the English festival premiere of Jony Easterby’s new interactive performance Tree and Wood, and the greenfield festival premiere of Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, says: “We are delighted to be supporting Timber Festival, helping people reconnect with nature and explore work from writers, artists, musicians, poets, scientists and philosophers who are all passionate about how it shapes our lives, landscape and the economy.

“Everyone should have the opportunity to experience and be inspired by the arts, and making nature a key part of this experience with installations and performance is great way to make this possible every day. We’re pleased that funding from the National Lottery through Grants for the Arts is going to enable more people to access extraordinary arts and culture, all in one place, this summer.”

John Everitt, CEO National Forest Company, says: “It’s great that the Arts Council is supporting Timber and enabling us to inspire our communities to get involved and celebrate all that the National Forest represents. We want to encourage everyone to think about how we make space for trees, both in the landscape and in our lives.”

The Arts Council Award will constitute 13% of the festival’s budget with remainder generated from commercial income, sponsorship, local authority and partner support.