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New Forest Imaginarium

Exhibition 8th - 29th October 2021

Is there a particular place In the New Forest that sparks your imagination, brings to mind a story (real or fiction), an event, somewhere you hold close to your heart? A place that you return to often, in thought or in person; that you take with you in your imagination wherever you go? If so, do get in touch, as we are creating (with artist Simon Ryder) the New Forest Imaginarium: an immersive 3D world to be shown at spudWorks, Sway, this autumn, shaped by how the Forest appears in the imaginations of those who value it.

The Imaginarium is a creative leap of hope and imagination in these challenging times: an inclusive landscape of the imagination and a way of articulating why the Forest is so important now and into the future. It will take the focus that lockdown has offered us to reconsider what we value most deeply in this world, and build upon it. A blueprint for the future.

You can help shape this unique landscape through your words, written or spoken, and by identifying a particular place in the Forest the inspires you, whether that is woodland, heath, coastline, wetland or built landscape. 

Artist Simon Ryder will be giving a talk at 2pm on Saturday the 23rd October 2021, about the wonderful world of the Imaginarium and demonstrating how it was created. This is a fantastic and free opportunity to learn more about this project and is sure to be popular so booking online is essential.

Which Place

Locate you special place using what3words:click here

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Your Story

Either use the box below to write us your story about that special place, or video yourself talking about it and upload your story video below.

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Video, Photographs and Audio (original non copyright snippet of music, sound recording or spoken word)

Upload your story video, spoken word file or original music and a photograph (optional) of your special forest place.

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A wide variety of file types are supported, but we would prefer JPEG, MP4 and MP3 files where possible.  Maximum sizes are 25mb for images, 1000mb for videos and 50mb for audio. 

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New Forest Imaginarium, spudWORKS, Station Road, Sway, Hampshire, SO41 6BA 

For assistance call: 01590 682260

Find more information about the New Forest Imaginarium on Instagram at: @newforestimaginarium