White Moose is delighted to announce British artist Jonny Briggs has been awarded the first artist residency of Soil Culture, a major three year long arts & environment project coordinated by CCANW (Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World) which contributes to the 2015 UN International Year of Soils.
Saatchi/Channel 4 New Sensations artist Jonny Briggs previously exhibited at White Moose as part of the international exhibition Masquerade. Using photography and mixed media, Briggs’ practice is in essence a search for lost parts of childhood, his work offering an often uncomfortable commentary on close human relationships and the environment.
Jonny Briggs’ Soil Culture residency with White Moose will take place in Barnstaple, North Devon, during the summer/early autumn of 2014 and will involve the artist working alongside local communities to explore how soil, ‘The Skin of the Earth’* , is a transition between life and death and acts as a montage of decomposition and the foundation from which new life emerges.
Soil Culture aims 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 is often taken for granted. A further seven residences will take place at Schumacher College, the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Hauser & Wirth Somerset and the Environment and Sustainability Institute in Penryn.
From May 2015 – September 2016, an exhibition of the results of all residencies will tour to the residency hosts and a number of other selected galleries, supported by Arts Council England.
*Chetsworth, Ward, edl (2008). Encyclopedia of Soil Science.
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