the canopy team

Canopy is run by a small, passionate team of arts professionals. Determined to embed creativity in The Forest of Dean, we work together with the aim of  supporting artists and devising a cultural strategy for the area.

“What we have in the Forest of Dean is great for the arts, but we need more – more conversations, more events and exhibitions, more coherence. The natural environment is our unique selling point, alongside our creatives. Heavy industry shaped the forest landscape, but what might it look like in the future?” – Carolyn Black

Carolyn Black

Project Manager

Carolyn Black is an artist, writer, film-maker and freelance arts producer. She has been devising and presenting projects of contemporary public artworks in unusual locations for over 20 years. Carolyn values networks and critical dialogue and is connected on a national level.



Facebook: FlowContemporaryArts

Instagram: Severnsideartist

LinkedIn: Carolyn Black

YouTube: Carolyn Black


Tel: 07775 938500

Rod Maclachlan

Steering Committee

Rod is an artist and arts producer. He has been instrumental in many artist groups and organisations: as a director of The Cube Cinema, partner of Blackout Arts, as one of the Venn Festival team and as a founding member of BEEF (Bristol Experimental and Expanded Film). Rod loves to collaborate and support cross-fertilisation between art-forms.




Tel: 07956 408829

Rob Olins

ChairSteering Committee

Rob is a sculptor/designer working cross media, informed by architecture, acoustics and modern engineering techniques, with particular emphasis on the boundaries between art and science.

Qualifying in experimental ceramics led him to collaborate with architects, scientists and designers. This collaborative approach has always been a key element of his practice and as led him to working alongside a wide range of specialists ranging from sound designers to blacksmiths.


Nichola Goff

SecretarySteering Committee

Nichola is a multidisciplinary printmaker, facilitator and Arts, Health & Wellbeing practitioner, interested in the human condition around connection to place, ecology and social justice. She works in a multitude of ways, collaborating, colluding and engaging with communities to explore the themes in her practice.

Nichola is working as a freelance practitioner and tutor out of her studio, The Yard Print Studio, in Drybrook.


Sally Gibson

Steering Committee

The drive behind Sally’s work, since studying drama at Exeter University more than 35 years ago, has been making the arts accessible to everyone. Especially more vulnerable people who might not be able to access the arts without support. Above all she considers herself to be a Community Artist, and that is what she is passionate about. Her own art forms have wandered from drama to photography, to circus and aerial performance.

Sally has worked at Artspace in Cinderford since 1998; initiating Engage, the Youth Circus project in 2000 and building it ever since. She has been Artistic Director since January 2011.

Sara Rickard

Steering Committee

After several years planning I left my career in art education and decided to return to my roots in embroidery. An interest in line achieved in stitching achieves movement and layers of translucent fabrics combined with threads aims to add a depth and richness of colour. I stitch both by hand and machine.

Since 2016 I have participated in farOpen, local galleries and one person show ‘5,000 Hours’ at Ruskin Mill, Stroud. Exhibited at The Knitting and Stitching Show, London, Harrogate and Dublin, pieces toured nationally. Work in public collections, one selling recently to Grantham Museum and Art Gallery.


Jenny Cashmore

Steering Committee

Jenny Cashmore’s artistic practice is interested in exploring our sense of place and relationship to place. She makes work that manifests in various forms including performance, intervention, lens based mediums, and events. Her works and projects are often specific to context or site. She is driven to create work that re-imagines and questions the constructs of contemporary society by exploring and questioning existing structures and paradigms. She uses the everyday such as nail polish, walking and poses, and our use of space as her starting point. There is often humour and absurdity present within her work.


Roger Drury

Steering Committee

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 Words, Forest of Dean Community radio, Incomplete Histories, Oh Crumbs spoken word live events, Last Thursday live performances and Glos Writers Network. He is a writer/performer member of Custard Ceili Band & the Pukes.