Pathways: Sculpture in Hook Green Wood

Deadline: 25/01/2023

Venue: Hook Green Wood  |  City: Lamberhurst  |  Region: Kent  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Jane Sarre

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Opportunity for sculptors & installation artists to take part in a new sculpture trail sited in a private woodland on the Kent/Sussex border. Submissions are invited for outdoor sculpture and installation work for an artist-led exhibition in Hook Green Wood, Lamberhurst, June 2nd - 18th 2023, running during the South East Open Studios scheme.

Artists are invited to make work that responds to the ancient woodland, field, and other elements of this interesting site, or to place relevant existing work in this context. Work will be installed outside in the woods and field, and will be open to the weather and wildlife.

The exhibition will run for three weeks in June 2023, with a private view. Artists will also be offered the opportunity to lead events such as talks to support the exhibition.

Pathways is an artist-led project curated by Dr Jane Sarre & Jemma Gowland.


  • We welcome applications from artists at any stage in their career
  • This opportunity is open to Kent and/or Sussex based artists
  • The work submitted can be any medium that can safely be installed outside
  • Existing work can be submitted if it has some relevance to the site
  • New work can be proposed that responds in some way to the site


The woods at Hook Green are a special site of mixed ancient woodland; chestnut coppice, oaks, beech, and birch form a multitude of habitats.  Here, badgers, rabbits, deer and foxes live, along with numerous species of birds and smaller mammals.  This small woodland site shows signs of historic quarrying for nearby Bayham Abbey and would have contributed to the local iron industry.  Bluebells fill the paths in spring, blackberries, fungi, elderberries, sloes and chestnuts flourish in the autumn.

The site is a gated woodland outside Lamberhurst, normally private and now managed for biodiversity. It has a long history of human usage including coppicing, pheasant rearing, ironwork, livestock grazing & the growing of hops.

As the visitor arrives, they can walk through the wood and adjacent field, following a marked trail to discover pieces along their way. Printed guides will be available to support the visit, and one of the participating artists will always be present during the exhibition opening days to welcome visitors and answer any questions.

The site has vehicular access with parking for 8-10 cars. The main path is level and wheelchair accessible, with smaller side paths branching off. There are 2 ponds, and a large open-sided roofed woodshed, which may also be used to place work.


Pathways is an artist-led project, enabling artists to create their own opportunities, make and show experimental work, and have the chance to show work in different environments that expand the scope of their practice.

The project is made possibly by volunteer curation and hosting by the land-owners. Participating artists are asked to make their own contributions to the success of the project by:

  • delivering and installing their work
  • sharing invigilation time
  • participating in events
  • promoting the exhibition to their networks

This is a self-funded opportunity, so selected artists will be asked to contribute financially to support the project at cost. This will cover the costs of SEOS listing, professional photography, signage, printed guide and refreshments for the private view. Costs are estimated at approximately £220-250 per artist, depending on the final number of artists participating and plans for the private view.


All submissions must be made through the CuratorSpace form.

Add good images and a clear statement to strengthen your application.

Deadline for submission: midnight, Wednesday, January  25th 2023

Spaces are limited as only 6 artists can be selected, so the curators' selection decisions are final.


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
* Artists at any stage of their career
* Artists living and/or working in Kent or East Sussex
* Artists creating work that can be safely shown outside
* Artists making work that responds to the ancient woodland/meadow site
* Artists making work that can safely be shown outside in the UK environment
When is the deadline?
Midnight Wednesday 25th January 2023
How many works can I submit?
Artists can submit a maximum of 5 works
When is the delivery date?
Delivery dates will be confirmed with selected artists
Please note the exhibition will be open June 2nd - 18th 2023
When do I need to collect my work?
Collection dates will be confirmed with selected artists
Please note the exhibition will be open June 2nd - 18th 2023
How much does it cost?
There is no cost to apply.

All selected artists will be responsible for making, delivering, installing, insuring, de-installing and removing their own work.

All selected artists will be asked to contribute equally to the collective costs of South East Open Studios listings, signage, photography etc. This is estimated to be around £250 per artist, depending on the number of artists selected and plans for the private view.
Are there payments to artists?
This is an unfunded artist-led project so we are not able to offer payments to artists.

We are however open to very experimental work and new directions, offering the opportunity to show new or existing work in a special environment, with access to the support of the group, professional photography, our best efforts in marketing and press liason, and a private party with considered guest list.
Is there a private view / opening?
Does the location have disabled access?
The location has access for vehicles and a level track within the wood that can be used by people in wheelchairs, but please be aware that the site is a woodland so access is naturally limited. If you have concerns about accessibility please get in touch so we can hear about your requirements and discuss whether this opportunity will be viable for you or not.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Listing in the South East Open Studios programme
Signage locally
Press release to relevant publications
Dedicated instagram account
Do I need to be present?
Yes, participating artists will be asked to invigilate during opening hours
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
If selected you will recieve a message from the curators to notify you.
Contracts and schedules will be issued after confirmation of participation
How do I submit existing work?
Easy. Simply upload photograph/s of the work and a short description. Add the rest of your details and submit.
How do I submit work that doesn't exist yet?
We understand that you if you want to make work that responds to the site, you won't be able to show us exactly what it will be yet. In this situation, please upload photographs of previous works, selecting those that are most relevant. In the description box, tell us something about what interests you about the site and how you would approach it, what themes you might touch on, the materials you might use etc. Then add the rest of your details and submit.

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