Soil Culture: Forum

Soil Culture Forum

Revitalising our relationship with the soil 
Falmouth University, 2 - 5 July 2014

RANE (Research in Art, Nature and Environment) group in collaboration with Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World delivered the Soil Culture Forum at Falmouth Univeristy earlier this July.

Gathering Dirt by Janet McEwan & Ann Osman
 

 The hugely enjoyable Forum brought together the visual and literary arts to help raise awareness about the importance of soil, with over 80 participants. Clive Adams and Daro Montag, directors of CCANW welcomed and launched the Forum with a presentation which outlined the wider Soil Culture programme, including its residencies and touring exhibitions. Followed by Patrick Holden's enlightening talk on his relationship to his farm, calling for a deeper cultural understand of soil, growing from the mineral, to the biological, to a holistic approach on growing healthy soils. Here are some photographs showing the variety of presentations and workshops across the four days.

Sam Bower collecting soil sample for
Forum

 

Samples for Janet McEwan &
Ann Osman workshop

 

   
Ann Osman,Charlotte Rathbone &
Chris Jones looking at farm land sample

 

Exhibition of environmental artwork
 

 

   
Exhibition of environmental artwork

 

 Opening talk by Patrick Holden

 

   
Fraulein Brehms Tierleben, Lubbricus
Terrestris, Der Regenwurm

 

Straw shed and Strawberries workshop, by
Tom Ingate & Jo Tracey
 

 

   
Jude Allen participating in the Straw
shed workshop

 

Naomi Wright, Soil Kitchen workshop

 

Angela Shaw chalk workshop

 

Angela Shaw, Paper Poxy work

 

Emma Saffy Wilson, Hikura
dorodango workshop

 

A Hikura dorodango coated with
Bideford black earth pigment

 

Hildegard Kurt, Being Humus workshop

 

Jackie Yoemans, seed community workshop

 

Janet McEwan & Ann Osman,
Gathering Dirt workshop

 

Soil sample analysis, part of
Gathering Dirt

 

Pete Ward, earth pigments workshop

 

Participants playing with earth pigments

 

Photo Credit: Martyn Windsor

You can learn more about the Forum here: https://soilculture.wordpress.com/

SOIL CULTURE from Bryony Stokes on Vimeo.