Following its move to the University of Exeter campus last year, CCANW (Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World) has announced opportunities for artists to apply for residencies linked to the Soil Culture project – its most ambitious programme to date, and a contribution to the UN International Year of Soils 2015.
The aim of Soil Culture is to use the arts to inspire a deeper public understanding of the importance of soil – a resource on which the whole of civilization depends, but which many take for granted. Healthy soils are essential for the production of the food required to feed a growing population. They also play an important role in our global eco-system, acting as a carbon sink to reduce the impact of climate change. Today, soils are threatened by several forms of degradation including loss of natural nutrients and bio-diversity caused by contamination, compaction, erosion, flooding and salinisation.
Between 2013 and 2016, in collaboration with Falmouth University and other partners, CCANW will deliver Soil Culture in several phases. The first involves research led by the University, funded by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and this will culminate in a Forum at Falmouth between 2-5 July this year.
The second phase involves eight artist residencies hosted by different arts and environment organisations across the South West, from this summer to the spring of next year. Some will be with long established institutions such as Schumacher College at Dartington and the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, but the larger number will engage with relatively new organisations such as Hauser & Wirth Somerset in Bruton, White Moose in Barnstaple, Environment and Sustainability Institute in Penryn, Hannahs at Seale- Hayne, Newton Abbot and Kestle Barton, Helston. From May 2015 – September 2016, an exhibition of the results of the residencies will then tour to eight galleries in the region, including the Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton and spaces run by most residency hosts. This phase is substantially supported by Arts Council England.
CCANW is pleased to announce its first call for applications for our Soil Culture artist residencies. The residencies are aimed at encouraging an exploration of the importance of soil and will take place at host organisations across the South West, providing unparalleled access to facilities, expertise, specialist equipment and new working contexts. In this round residencies are being offered at the Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn, White Moose, Barnstaple and Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton.
The deadline for applications is 18 March 2014.
“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
University of Exeter
Text from the CCANW website
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