Bursary activity

Thanks to a pandemic emergency Arts Council England grant, canopy awarded bursaries to eleven Forest of Dean creatives. A wide range of activity was supported, from filmmaking and lyric writing to tools and materials for jewellery, macrame, stained glass and blacksmithing. Images and info about what people have been up to will appear here.

Andy Squiff – Filmmaking

Andy put his bursary towards hiring a drone pilot to capture unique angles of the beech tree and woodland that are the subject of his new reflective short film.

Website – www.squiffweb.co.uk

Lizzie Godden – textile artist

Lizzie has been gently busy in the woods. Search out her carvings in Sneyd Woods.

Website: http://www.lizziegoddentextiles.co.uk

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@lizziegodden is in Sneyd Woods making work with words and stitching.

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Kim Kaos and Gemma Wood – woodturning

Kim and Gemma had a days tuition with Longhope woodturning expert Keith Fenton www.aroundwood.co.uk

“Fascinating and intense day working with local Ash wood and going through tools, cuts and safety advice. We all still have our fingers and as artists and creatives feel we’ve hugely broadened our knowledge of this fascinating and rather magical process. Thanks canopy!!!” Kim

Jill Raymond – Graphic story

This is work in progress from Jill’s short graphic story of Cinderford wise woman Ellen Haywood created in cahoots with Nic Goff at The Yard print studio. To be completed with funding from The Yard’s mutual aid fund.

“together we are stronger”


Anna McLoughlin – jewellery tools

Due to Covid restrictions, I needed to create a separate area for couples coming to my studio to make their own wedding rings and my bursary went towards buying new tools for this space.

I ran my first “post-lockdown” workshop a couple of weeks ago. We all PPE’d up and the new studio setup worked well. 

Jeanie Leslie – New leaded-glass experiments