Meet the Team
A new art project by Hipkiss & Graney and Warley Woods Community Trust.
Welcome to Woodland Tales!
Woodland Tales is a community art project that is creating a new folk tale for Warley Woods! The stories and characters will be inspired by the ecological processes taking place above and below the soil!
Along the way we'll be building new sculptures in the park, and with your help, creating masks, costumes and music all whilst learning about the amazing lifeforms
that are part of the woodlands!
Our programme of events is still growing- please have a look below!
Come and join us for a series of fun creative workshops
and learn about the secret world beneath Warley Woods!
Below are a list of family friendly workshops taking place in Warley Woods all throughout July.
Learn about the lives and roles of Protozoas, Nemotodes and Arthropods in this fun and messy mask making workshop!
Saturday 10th July, Warley Woods, 2-3pm
Discover how the woodland communicates through the mycelium network. Paint your own banner to connect all the trees of Warley Woods together!
Saturday 17th July, Warley Woods, 2-3pm
Using natural objects found in the woods and paints, you can create your own woodland patterns and prints onto naturally hand dyed fabrics!
Saturday 24th July, Warley Woods, 2-3pm
All art materials are provided in workshops.
Please ensure your child is wearing clothes they can get messy!
These workshops are recommended for ages, 7-11. Parents must remain with the children at all times.
Grown Up Events
Join us for an evening of woodland themed frolics happening in venues across Bearwood...
Join Woodland Tale’s composer, Anna Palmer, as they explore the hidden sounds of Warley Woods through field recordings
Tuesday 17th August, Warley Woods, 7-8.30pm
Beer, wine, live music and micro-organisms- what more could you want from a night out?
This wild workshop explores the microbiology of Warley Woods through costume making before a live performance from Anna Palmer and Beth Bellis!
Saturday 16th October, Lightwoods House, 6.30-9.30pm
A Night on Mushroom
A Pub Quiz with Seb Ros
Fancy a pub quiz on all things woodland? From popular culture to the latest science, ridiculous bonus rounds and endless trivia! Get ready for Sebastiaan Ros’ dangerously odd Warley Woods Quiz Special!
Friday 24th September, WhyNot Coffee, Bearwood, 8-10pm
Join Woodland Tales for a great procession around Warley Woods!
On your journey you will be regaled with an original tale, inspired by the woodlands, told by Storyteller Synthia Oenga and written by Gavin Curtis.
The procession will feature newly commissioned music specially written by Anna Palmer and Beth Bellis.
The Summer procession marks the end of our woodland adventure so please join us one final time to help us celebrate our local woodlands.
Saturday 18th September, Warley Woods, 3-4.30pm
Meet the Team
Read all about our wonderful team of artists and producers involved in creating Woodland Tales...
Synthia Oenga is an artist and performer living in Birmingham.
For Woodland Tales Synthia will tell the tale of Woodkid and their life and adventures as they travel through through Warley Woods.
Anna Palmer and Beth Bellis
Music and Composition
Anna Palmer and Beth Bellis are two midlands based musicians who you may know from the band Dorcha.
For Woodland Tales, Hipkiss & Graney have commissioned Anna Palmer and Beth Bellis to compose an original score for it's new folktale!
Gavin is a theatrical writer, director and producer based in the Midlands.
For Woodland Tales, Gavin is working closely with Hipkiss & Graney to develop a new folk tale inspired by the micro-organisms of Warley Woods and their amazing life cycles.
Reuben Wiltshire is a Landscaper and Craftsperson.
As part of our studio team, Reuben is supporting with the making and installing of our sculptures around Warley Woods.
Denise Pigott is a textile designer and crochet artist.
Woodland Tales has hand dyed over 100 square metres of fabric and Denise Pigott will help us to create new costumes and props!
Hipkiss & Graney