Charnwood Forest Landscape Partnership - Associate Artists

Charnwood Arts is committed to creating opportunities for everyone to engage with arts and creativity to support wellbeing. We also work to support brilliant artists to share their creativity with others through projects, workshops, exhibitions and events. Through the community arts work we are now delivering within the Charnwood Forest Landscape Partnership Scheme, we are building a network of Associate Artists. These artists (detailed below) are skilled, committed individuals with a specific interest in exploring the natural world through their artwork. Over the next 5 years, we will grow this network to showcase and celebrate artists we work with, connecting them to opportunities to work within Charnwood Forest and share their creativity with different communities within the area. 

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Meet the Artists

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Emily is a graduate of Loughborough University, originally from Manchester, who works from her home studio in the Midlands. She creates playful and vibrant artworks inspired by nature across a range of media including ceramics, painting and public sculpture. Her aim is to make uplifting artworks which spark a moment of joy in the viewer.

Emily has delivered several workshop for the Celebrating Charnwood Feel Good in the Forest projects, with Age UK's Men and Women in Sheds group and Charnwood Young Carers. Emily also created a surface design for our 'Charnwood Tree', inspired by microscopic images of rocks found in Charnwood Forest. 

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Nita is a willow sculptor and land artist, creating work inspired by nature and with an environmental message. She creates her work from natural willow, some of which is sourced locally from Beacon Hill. Her aim is to raise awareness of environmental issues, such as the impact of plastic waste, and to create ephemeral artwork which become part of the landscape.

Nita is a member of ArtSpace Loughborough and a founder of The INTO THE OUTWOODS Sculpture Trail. 

Nita has delivered several workshop for the Celebrating Charnwood Feel Good in the Forest projects, with Age UK's Men and Women in Sheds group and Safe, Well Happy (adults with learning disabilities). 

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Lucy Stevens is a multidisciplinary British contemporary artist whose work explores our relationship with the natural environment. She draws inspiration from ornithology and colour theory. She is also an amateur birdwatcher. Her projects often include working in collaboration with experts in the natural world including scientists, museum curators, ornithologists, photographers and musicians.

Lucy will be working as an Artist in residence on our Feel Good in the Forest project with the Safe, Well, Happy group. She will be working in collaboration with the group to co-design and create an accessible trail in Charnwood Forest for people with learning disabilities. This work will be developed in direct discussion with and with help from the group and will be an ongoing process over the next 18 months.