Hayley Skipper – Curator of Arts Development, Forestry Commission England

I am extremely passionate about the environment and public engagement with high quality arts practice. As Curator of Arts Development I lead Forest Art Works, the Forestry Commission‘s national arts programme, developing and commissioning new public programmes and initiatives for forest environments and audiences across England. As part of my role as I also direct the sculpture programme in Grizedale Forest – The UK’s first forest for sculpture.

I hold a First Class BA Hons in Fine Art, Sculpture from Wimbledon School of Art and Masters with Distinction in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. I am strongly committed to all forms of collaboration, engagement and education and also hold a PG Cert in Teaching and Learning in Art and Design in Higher Education.

I have initiated and delivered numerous collaborative and public projects, as curator, independent artist and collectively, through artist collective SpRoUt and in my previous role with The Engine Room, a centre for knowledge transfer based at the University of the Arts, London. I am a regular Selector and Judge for the Royal Horticultural Society, particularly in relation to Conceptual Gardens.

A founding member of North by North West – established to support and promote visual arts in Cumbria and Lancashire, part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network – I am delighted to support the innovative practice of Art Gene. I joined the Board of Trustees in 2012 to further champion their critical and ground-breaking work in the public landscape.

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