SoilCulture: Publication

We have extended the offer until the end of the year, but subscribers who pay by 20 November will have their names printed in the back of the book.

Our special pre-publication price is only £10 including postage within the UK and you can order more than one copy by updating the quantity on the order. Publication will coincide with the opening of the exhibition Deep Roots in Plymouth in mid-January where it will cost £13. The full retail price is £15.

The 120 page, full colour book encompasses all aspects of our extraordinarily ambitious 3-year long programme, with an introduction by Patrick Holden, essays by Bruce Lascelles and Daro Montag, illustrated texts on all residency and exhibition artists and articles on activities that have taken place in Falmouth, Bristol, Plymouth and around the region.

Pre order Soil Culture Catalogue (discounted price)

Deep Roots at Falmouth Art Gallery

Continues until 21 November, open Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm

Deep Roots features works by Paolo Barrile, Mel Chin, herman de vries, Richard Long, Ana Mendieta and Claire Pentecost, as well as individual works by Chris Drury, Andy Goldsworthy, Sandra Masterson, Daro Montag, David Nash, Peter Ward and Adam White.

Photo credit: Martyn Windsor

  • Press release: here

It will be shown at Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth University 16 January-19 March.

Young Shoots at Hauser & Wirth Somerset

You are warmly invited to the Private View of SoilCulture: Young Shoots at The Maltings, Hauser & Wirth Somerset on Saturday 14 November 3-5pm

Young Shoots will be at The Maltings, West End, Bruton until 3 January 2016, open only at weekends 10am-4pm. It features the work of 13 artists who undertook residencies/commission around the region and in London.

Photo Credit: Karen Guthrie

Parking: we advise you to park at Hauser & Wirth's main site and make the 10 min. walk back along the High Street to The Maltings. People can also park at Godminster, which is free parking in Bruton (Station Road Bruton, Somerset). You are welcome to stay to attend the Private Views of Don McCullin and Qwaypurlake exhibitions at the main site from 5-7pm.

  • Preview invite: here
  • Press release: here
  • Christmas open studios and pop-up shops: here

Young Shoots will subsequently tour to the Eden Project, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton and White Moose, Barnstaple in 2016.


University of Exeter, Innovation Centre, Rennes Drive EX4 4RN, continues till 22 January, open Monday to 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.

Photo credit: Jeannette Unite

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 2015

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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Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW), Innovation Centre, Rennes Drive, University of Exeter, Exeter, EX4 4RN


Exeter office: 01392 832277 / Stroud office: 01453 762103

Directors: Clive Adams, Daro Montag

Staff: Martyn Windsor, exhibition coordinator, Kay Walker, finance officer

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