High risk of falling trees

Upon our arrival in Grizedale Forest, a storm raged, rain poured down, the babbling brook behind the gallery became a torrent and an 80 mile an hour winds made falling trees a genuine risk. In the safety of the Project Space Gallery, a re-purposed chapel in the Grizedale Visitor’s Centre, the If A Tree Falls artists worked with curator, Hazel Stone, to bring all the artworks created through our collaborative process, together in a unified and engaging exhibition.

Franziska Hatton built her installation Confirmation of Time on site and around her ever-evolving structure, artist and project leader Michaela French curated the remaining exhibition in collaboration with Hazel Stone.

On Friday 12th October, the day the If a Tree Falls in the Forest exhibition was due to open, Grizedale Forest closed to the public. Localised flooding and continuing high winds made access difficult. One small visitor, braved the weather and showed an interest in participating in the Algorithmic Tree Wall installation, but it was three more days before we welcomed our first human visitors to the gallery.

Franziska Hatton begins the install of her artwork Confirmation of Time.

Hazel Stone takes a quiet moment to un-pick vinyl lettering for the exhibition signage.

Our first gallery visitor overcame the adverse weather conditions to engage with the Algorithmic Tree Wall.

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