In October last year Edinburgh University Settlement, who owned the building that The Forest occupied at 3 Bristo Place, were declared bankrupt and forced into administration. The administrators put the property on the market and are currently trying to sell it. As part of that process, they terminated the Forest’s lease, giving us six months notice. Our last day is Wednesday 31 August.
Or you can simply donate to The Forest’s future regardless of whether or not we succeed in buying 3 Bristo Place.
The best way to donate to us is to set up a monthly standing order to support
the Forest via JustGiving.
Think of it as buying Forest a monthly pint (£3), or a bottle of cheerful wine
(£5), or a family size takeaway pizza (£10). Give what you can afford, and know
that it’s the most effective possible way of supporting Forest: it gives as a
safe income, which makes us more able to do the stuff you love us for doing,
and which puts us in a much stronger position for approaching other funders.
We’re building a strong and varied fundraising campaign, but we need more people! We
need people to help run events, to work with the press, to smooch celebrities, to do
research admin, to make art, to plan strategies, to offer legal and financial
advice, and to bring their own ideas forward. Whatever you’ve got, we want to hear
from you. You’ll become part of the regularly-meeting Fundraising Team (great
experience, great skill-building, great CV-fodder), help plan and execute our
campaign, and be entitled to oodles of love and discount/free food when you’re
Email [email protected] to tell us about how you’d like to be involved,
or just to express an interest. We want to hear from everybody!
The Forest is a unique space. We have existed for a decade on the sheer
enthusiasm and effort of thousands of generous and committed volunteers. People
commit to Forest because they believe in the importance of a space that offers
an alternative to bland, identikit coffee franchises and cookie-cutter art
galleries that only expose the work of the already successful. These exist in
abundance. For over a decade we have stood apart as an open, free, artistic,
Our aim is not to make money, or to become an institution, but merely to
exist as a space where people can gain access to art, culture and skill-sharing
free of charge; a space that supports people who are disenfranchised and
struggling, and which promotes and supports the creativity of thousands of
people from all over the world.
If you have ever enjoyed something in this space, spread the word: tell the
world what Forest means to you. Tell your relatives and friends, people who
will support something you care about. We feel we are vital to the city’s
cultural landscape - we need your help in convincing others that this is true.
Your personal enthusiasm really can make a difference. We will add testimonials
here too - so write to us with kind and inspiring words.