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Call for artists; round 3 of Soil Culture Residencies

Daylesford Organic Farm artist studio soil culture residency host

Daylesford Organic Farm, pavilion space in the Market Garden

Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW) is delighted to invite applications for the third round of its Soil Culture artist residencies. In the lead up to and coinciding with the United Nations International Year of Soils 2015 the short residencies are aimed at encouraging an exploration of the importance of soil.

Taking place across the South West of the UK and beyond the residencies will not only provide dedicated time for experimentation, research and the development of new work but also unparalleled access to facilities, expertise and working contexts.

The residencies and the touring of the resulting works are a key part of CCANW’s Soil Culture Programme, which includes a forum that took place Falmouth University in the summer and a major touring exhibition of works by established artists, which will tour in 2015.

The first 5 residencies attracted 456 applications from across the world. The selected artists so far are, Marissa Benedict (USA) working at the Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Karen Guthrie (UK) at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Jonny Briggs (UK) at White Moose in Barnstaple, Debra Solomon (USA/ NL) at Schumacher College, Dartington and Anton Burdakov (UK/UA/DE) at the Eden Project. CCANW will also be helping to support residencies by Paul Chaney at Kestle Barton in Helston and Anne-Marie Culhane at the University of Exeter.


Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 10 days in May 2015

This residency invites an artist to respond to two possible features of the Kew landscape - its compost and the role of soil in growing food. This residency invites an artist to make visible the crucial role that Kew’s Compost Heap has in supporting its plant-life and the process that takes place in creating compost. Coinciding with a forthcoming TV series ‘Kew on a Plate’, Kew is also interested in exploring how soil helps us grow food from a historical, scientific or horticultural perspective.

Deadline: 31 December 2014

Interview date: 22 January 2015




Daylesford Organic Farm, 10 days between February and May 2015

Daylesford is inviting an artist working in any artform and media to explore the notion of ‘terroir’, a sense of place based on the soil, and to respond to the diversity of the soils at the farm. The residency might, for example, draw on the impact of soil on rural livelihoods, artisan skills, food production and local culture.

Deadline: 11 January 2015

Interview date: 20 January 2015




Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University, 10 days between 13 April and the end of May 2015

This residency invites an artist to work with Peninsula Arts and Dr. Robert Parkinson, Associate Professor in Soil Sciences and his colleagues at the Faculty of Science and Environment to engage both students and the wider community with this research on peat. It provides an opportunity to activate the gallery as an informal learning space, encouraging student engagement and participation, and to develop knowledge of the various aspects of peat and organic soils in the context of the South West moorlands.

Deadline: 11 January 2015

Interview date: 17 February 2015




The residencies include: (please see individual briefs for specific details)

  • Travel budget (up to £300)
  • An artist fee of £1500 (£150 per day for 10 days)
  • Materials and production budget of £1200
  • Access to workspace and/ or specialist equipment and expertise
  • Accommodation if required
  • Support from staff at the host organisations and the CCANW team
  • Inclusion in a CCANW touring exhibition of the residency outcomes (from Spring/ Summer 2015)

The artist will:

  • Undertake a 10-day residency at the host organisation
  • Organise (with the host organisation) a half-day public participatory session (e.g. an interactive talk or workshop)
  • Create work or documentation (as appropriate) to be included in a touring exhibition

How to apply:


Please email applications to Sally Lai, Residency Coordinator at s.lai@ccanw.co.uk by the deadline 31 December 2014 for Kew and 11 January 2015 for Daylesford and Peninsula Arts

Short-listed artists will be invited to attend an interview at the host organisations or may be conducted on Skype.

* Please note that individual application forms should be completed for each residency but that you need only send 1 set of images and that hosts should not be contacted directly.

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