SoilCulture: Publication

Copies of our new 120 page book encompassing all aspects of our extraordinarily ambitious 3-year long programme will be available from 15 January at the Deep Roots exhibition in Plymouth. Special exhibition price £13 (plus p+p).  

The book includes a Foreword by Patrick Holden CBE, essays by Bruce Lascelles and Daro Montag, and illustrated texts on all artists' work included in Deep Roots and Young Shoots.

SoilCulture: Deep Roots 16 January - 19 March

Peninsula Arts Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University, PL4 8AA.
Open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 11am-4pm

You are warmly invited to a Private View of the exhibition on Friday 15 January 5.30-7.30pm

  • Press release: here
  • You can download the poster: here

SoilCulture: Young Shoots 8 January - 21 February

The Core building, Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2SG.
Please consult www.edenproject.com for opening times and admission charges.

An exhibition of research findings and work created during 12 residencies across the South West and at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, together with a roof garden commission for a new primary school in Bristol. Click for more or find out more by watching Soil Culture: Young Shoots documentary by Zoe Young here.

Further showings at Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton 27 February-9 April, and White Moose, Barnstaple 18 April-5 June. Click for more

Further showings at Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton 27 February-9 April, and White Moose, Barnstaple 18 April-5 June. Click for more

Complicit Geographies, CCANW at University of Exeter

Extended showing at the Innovation Centre now until 26 February, open Monday- Friday 9am-5pm.
An exhibition celebrating and inspired by the first geological map of England and Wales by William 'Strata' Smith. The exhibition explores the soils of ‘Deep Time’, framing an investigation into subterranean Britain through Smith’s Oxford archive.
Unite has been known as a pioneering mining artist for over fifteen years, and is currently based in South Africa. She is one of the five most respected global artists who deal with the subject matter of mining.

  • Review in Art Times: here
  • Review in Design News: here
  • Review in Mail & Guardian: here
  • Fine Times Recorder: here

Celebrating the UN International Year of Soils

The Soil Culture programme uses the arts to inspire a deeper public understanding of the importance of our soil, whose health is essential for the production of food and is a vital part of our global eco-system. Today, our soils are increasingly under threat on a number of fronts, including contamination,  erosion and compaction and this appreciation is greatly needed.

Since last Summer, the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW) has supported twelve artist residencies with different hosts across the South West and at the Royal Botanic Gardens, together with a commission for a roof garden at a new Primary School in Bristol. Nine of these residencies  were advertised Internationally, attracting 627 applications from 25 different countries; demonstrating the increasing tendency for artists to engage with environmental issues.

‘Soil is the source of all life. Sadly, many people in the world are losing their connection with the soil. Soil Culture at create is a timely celebration to remind the world that we are all children of the living soil.’ Satish Kumar, Resurgence and Ecologist magazine, Schumacher College

Soil Culture is a partnership between CCANW and Falmouth University and is  supported by Arts Council England. A programme of activities on the natural and cultural heritage of South West soils is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Individual residencies and exhibitions are supported by their hosts, venues and the British Society of Soil Science. 'Soil Culture at Create' is supported by Triodos Bank, Soil Association, Biodynamic Association and N3 design.

Helen Browning, Clive Adams, Sarah Ciurysek and Tim Field. Daylesford Organic Farm Summer Festival. Image credit: Zoe Young.

“We are delighted that CCANW have chosen to highlight the wonder, fragility and plight of our soils through their new arts programme. We feel that culture should be at the heart of agriculture and this programme will be a very effective way of engaging people with this rather scientific subject.” - Helen Browning, CEO, Soil Association

Lottery Funded

CCANW is pleased to acknowledge support for its 2014-5 development programme from Arts Council England, South West Water, South West Soils and The Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Directors: Clive Adams FRSA, Dr Daro Montag, Dr Richard Povall

Staff: Martyn Windsor, programmes manager

Advisory Panel: Tristram Besterman, chair, Phil Collins, Charlotte Rathbone, Jem Southam, Peter Young, Rick Bond, Dave Pritchard, Emma Rothwell, Henrietta Vercoe, William Lana.