Creative Directory

Canopy are working towards providing an overview of the arts in the Forest of Dean, developing a database of arts organisations and activities within the Forest, as well as gathering data on arts and cultural activities and working with local authorities to better understand the creative needs of the Forest. Below is a list of links to arts organisations and community groups based in the Forest of Dean. Please visit their websites to find out more about their activities. – Wyldwood Arts produce socially engaged projects across The Forest of Dean-Gloucestershire, Herefordshire & Bristol that help connect communities. Working with the arts, education, voluntary and care sectors, specialising in intergenerational work. – Forest and Rivers Open Studios, first established in 1995, is a collective of diverse and talented artists who work, sell, exhibit and run art workshops in the Forest of Dean, and along the Wye & Severn Rivers. – Artspace Cinderford are an arts and education based charity based in the Forest of Dean. Established in 1988, the organisation specialises in offering fully inclusive, accessible creative opportunities for people of any age or ability. – The Rewild project is based in the Forest of Dean and aims to revive traditional, land-based skills to connect people back to ways of living off the land. – Barnstorm is a Youth Theatre project based in Gloucestershire. Since 1995, Barnstorm have produced over 30 original shows and worked with thousands of young people.

Gloucester Arts and Crafts Group – A registered charity whose main aim is to provide adults (18+) with opportunities to partake in Arts and Crafts activities. They hold a summer school every year in Newent offering 25 different courses run by experienced tutors who are accomplished artists in their own right. – Soundwork Community Projects; Festival of Words, Last Thursday and Oh Crumbs, brought to you by Roger Drury. Roger is a community arts worker, based and working in The Forest of Dean and environs since 1986. He develops creative activity, engaging with communities, working with all ages and abilities. Projects have included setting up Coleford festival of WordsForest of Dean Community radio, Incomplete Histories, Oh Crumbs spoken word live events, Last Thursday live performances and Glos Writers Network. – Scarr Bandstand lies in a natural amphitheatre, surrounded by the woodland of the Forest of Dean. It is an ideal and unusual venue for outdoor summer events such as concerts, fetes and activity days. – The Forest Economic Partnership (FEP) was launched in 2018 by the FoDDC. Its mission is to deliver a thriving economy in the Forest of Dean District by connecting business, Councils, people, ideas and resources. Through its meetings a range of essential issues that affect all in the district are being discussed to identify problems and issues. Where more information is required or solutions are proposed these are put forward as projects for approval by the Stakeholder Group. – Bream Community Library have started a project to record the work of local writers and poets. Everyone is welcome to take part. They come in and record a reading of some of their work. The resulting video and audio files are accessed via our website and a YouTube channel. Hoping not only to create interest in those currently writing, but also to encourage people to begin writing, their project will also provide an outlet for those who don’t get published in the traditional way. If anyone is interested in taking part, they can contact – Forest Singers are a mixed community choir open to all who enjoy singing whether it’s in the shower or with others. No auditions, just come along. Mitcheldean community centre,  Mondays 7.30 – 9.15pm – Kirsty Abraham runs two weekly open-access singing groups in the Forest of Dean (Blakeney and Lower Lydbrook).  She delivers singing for people with long-term lung conditions (eg COPD) in Monmouth – Singing for Breathing, and Lydney – Breathe in, Sing Out. Other singing is for people experiencing mental ill health, and work-based singing, on demand. – Formed in 1984 with 18 choristers as an amalgamation between Whitecroft and Bream Male Voice Choirs. Membership is currently 25 under the leadership of Musical Director, Tracey Gwynne, and Pianist, Hayley Marangon. The Choir is a member of the National Association of Choirs, and frequently performs at concerts in aid of charities. The members very willingly use their hobby, in the form of their love of music and singing, to help others in need. – The Author Archive. Authors talking to David Freeman about their books. Most of the conversations are from David’s personal archive that have been collected over the past 40 years. All sorts of famous names curated from Newnham!

If you are an arts organisation or community group based in the Forest of Dean and would like to be added to this list, please send an email to