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We did it!  Thank you to all our incredible backers and those who shared our project.  We are so grateful.  Look forward to seeing you all in the Forest - we open at 6pm on 15 May (and are open from 10 am to 6pm the following days).  See you there!
We did it!  Thank you to all our incredible backers and those who shared our project.  We are so grateful.  Look forward to seeing you all in the Forest - we open at 6pm on 15 May (and are open from 10 am to 6pm the following days).  See you there!
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Forest of Imagination 2015

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We'd really love to exceed our target as the more we raise the better the event can be... 

What is Forest of Imagination?

Forest of Imagination 2015 - a participatory pop-up contemporary arts event featuring world-class architects, designers and artists.

When & where is it?

Friday 15 – Monday 18 May 2015 in Queen Square, Bath, UK

Why is this happening?

The Forest of Imagination is taking over Queen Square in Bath this May to present a playful programme of installations, artworks and events. International landscape architects Grant Associates are working with award-winning Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Herman Miller, Carpenter Oak, The House of Fairy Tales, and a host of local and international artists to design an immersive experience for visitors – including a miniature forest, an interactive musical bamboo installation and a giant ‘Magic Rabbit’!

The ‘Forest’ is a place where everyone can explore their own creativity. We will run a creative learning programme of workshops in the House of Imagination with artists for people of all ages, with particular emphasis on engaging children and young people with the arts.

This year we also are partnering with the Save Childhood Movement to deliver a range of workshops and talks during the event for National Children’s Day on 17 May.

On Monday 18 May we are inviting local schools to take part in a series of workshops to support creativity within their curriculum.

Who is it for?

The event is free, inclusive and intended for people of all ages – we aim to engage as many people as possible with creativity in all forms. We partner with artists, teachers, parents, researchers, schools, thought-leaders and change-makers as well multi-disciplined businesses, individuals and local authorities.

Creative ecosystem

Part landscape, part city, part gallery, the Forest of Imagination provides a creative ecosystem for art and participation to protect childhood, inspire intuitive play, unleash imagination, encourage exploration and heighten engagement within our environment, both natural and urban.

The ‘Forest’ reminds the city of the importance of imagination in both the adult and children’s worlds. We aim to create a space where participants, particularly children and young people, can immerse themselves in meaningful creative enquiry alongside professional contemporary artists, designers and architects.

The team

Forest of Imagination is delivered by a collective of creative, cultural and educational organisations in Bath: Grant Associates, 5x5x5=creativity, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Herman Miller, Carpenter Oak, RSA, Bath Spa University, Ideas of the Mind and Bath Illuminate.

To all the wonderful Kickstarter supporters who supported "artspace Bath" last year, we thank you so much for your generosity and would love you to support this project. We also hope to welcome you to the Forest of Imagination in Bath this May!

Forest of Imagination 2014 - The giant gnomes of the Natural Theatre Company
Forest of Imagination 2014 - The giant gnomes of the Natural Theatre Company

Forest of Imagination 2015 is proud to be featured on the RSA curated area on Kickstarter, which selects the best new ideas to help tackle social problems that its 27,000 Fellows are looking to deliver. I’m an RSA Fellow and have been selected to be a part of this. Click here to see more RSA-backed projects and find out more about the RSA.

Risks and challenges

The democratic process of Crowd Funding supported by RSA and Kickstarter will share out our financial uncertainty.

We have a critical mass of collaborators and a fantastic network of supporters.

We have a space agreed for the temporary exhibition and workshops so if you back us this will really happen!

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    Pledge £1 or more About US$ 1.27

    A personalised thanks to you for your help by email. We want the world to know that you helped us!

    ALL SUPPORTERS ARE INVITED TO SUGGEST A NAME FOR OUR GIANT MAGIC RABBIT. (The name will be drawn from a hat at the end of the campaign).

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    A personalised thanks to you for your help, by email, on our website, Twitter and Facebook. We want the world to know that you helped us.

    ALL KICKSTARTER SUPPORTERS ARE INVITED TO SUGGEST A NAME FOR OUR GIANT MAGIC RABBIT. (The name will be drawn from a hat at the end of the campaign)

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    Your name & comment on a wall in the House of Imagination at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution. This will be documented and preserved forever. You will have space for 100 words to tell us why the arts are vital in our lives. We want the world to see your name in lights as one of our backers.

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    A signed postcard by an artist. We have invited local and international artists to offer their artworks on a postcard. We'll be sharing the images soon on social media.

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    A fantastic 'Forest of Imagination' T-shirt. You'll be celebrating imagination wherever you wear it! (Royal Mail 'signed for' delivery).

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    A forest afternoon tea with the artist team: Meet our artists and discuss their work, your ideas, the arts in Bath, the arts in the world today. As well as entry half an hour before we open to the public on a day of your choice.

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    VIP ticket to join 5x5x5=creativity Patron, Sir Ken Robinson on Thursday 18 June, 2 – 5pm to celebrate the power of creativity and imagination in education. 5x5x5=creativity will be launching their new initiative 'House of Imagination'.

    Enjoy lunch and refreshments at the inspiring Bath Spa University's Michael Tippett Centre at Newton Park, surrounded by Capability Brown designed grounds, a beautiful lake with lakeside walk, nature reserve and rolling fields.

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    A day with the artist: If you pledge for this you will get to spend a day with one of our artists and see how they work, discuss ideas, the arts in Bath and beyond. Also, enjoy a private view session before we open to the public.

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    An original artwork from a named artist or designer (last year's artists were Richard Wentworth, Richard Long, Gavin Turk, Andrew Grant, Niki Turner, Edwina Bridgeman, Jennie Norman, Penny Hay and others!) Allocated on a first come first served basis.

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    Pledge £5,000 or more About US$ 6,365

    If you really want to see a radical, cutting edge, contemporary arts space in Bath, then please donate here... It will make a real difference to everyone in the city of Bath. Your gift truly is everyone's gift! As a reward we have something very special... A Forest Enclosure designed by architects FCB Studios especially for this event, perfect for a school, park or family garden!

    We want to exceed our Kickstarter target and make this permanent arts space a reality.

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Funding period

- (19 days)