Drawing Attention commissions

Thanks to a pandemic emergency Arts Council England grant, canopy could award micro-commissions to Forest of Dean creatives. Four publicly-accessible works were selected.

Sally JenkinsonThese Strange Days

A zine of poems about lockdown created communally by people of the Forest of Dean by poet Sally Jenkinson.

In July and August 2020, Sally asked people all over The Forest to lend her a line, a thought, a phrase or even a single word that revealed something about their personal experience of lockdown. She then chopped up all the words, spread them over her kitchen table and reformed them into these poems. The result was this Forest-wide collaboration – a socially-distanced, community-written book of poems, recording ad exploring the experience of the strange days we are living through, alone and together.

This project is included in the 2020 Wye Valley River Festival programme.

Web: sallyjenkinson.wordpress.com

Jasper CousinsBringing the forest to life

Using your phone (Android only) this Augmented Reality app allows you to see life and movement pop out from two murals. In The Fountain pub, Parkend, you will find Warren James reciting Max Freedman Fisher’s HOOF (hands off our forest) anthem  -‘Not for Sale’ – as leaves and birds fly. In The Dog House, Coleford, Thomas Bewick-style 18th century cartoons discuss customers while a dog keeps angels at bay. 

The original murals are by Tom Cousins with the app created by his son Jasper. This father and son collaboration started when Covid-19 spelled the end to Jasper’s work in London and on returning to the Forest, he could use his digital skills to reimagine his father’s murals. They wanted to do something for these two local pubs, hard hit by lockdown, bringing entertainment to the public as we venture out into the community again.

Download the Android app

The Fountain at Parkend, GL15 4JD. (Tel 01594 562189) 

The Dog House, Coleford, GL16 8AP. (Tel 07442 787015). Please check opening hours.

This project is included in the 2020 Wye Valley River Festival programme.

Web – jaspercousins.web

Thomas Chapman
Re-Imagining Darkhill Ironworks

Thomas reconstructed Darkhill Ironworks as a 3D model before creating this amazingly evocative panoramic illustration that you can navigate. R Mushet & Co. opened these experimental steelworks at Darkhill in 1848. Tom undertook extensive research to make sure that the model was as historically accurate as possible. Thank you to all who contributed to this endeavour.

Tom’s preliminary models and sketches

The Local Equality Commission (LEC) in collaboration with Laurie Cousins
A BAME culture celebration music video

The LEC team will work with a songwriter / music producer, and their creative team in collaboration with filmmaker Laurie Cousins to produce an original music video.


Laurie’s videos can be found on vimeo here