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Heritage Lottery Supports Soil Culture & April Reminders

Soil Culture project wins Heritage Lottery Fund support! 

Today, CCANW has been awarded £16,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support a range of activities which focus on the natural and cultural heritage of soils in the South West.

The award draws attention to the current threats to the health of our soils and will fund a broad mix of participatory activities across the South West designed to make people more aware of the value of their local soils and the rich cultural history of farming in the region.

  • You can read the full Press Release [HERE]

Other funding for the overall Soil Culture project to date has come from Arts Council England, the Universities of Falmouth, Exeter and Plymouth, South West Soils, British Society of Soil Science, South West Water and our other partners.


Innovation Centre, University of Exeter

Parish Maps: Reflecting the Legacy
Exhibition continues until 16 July. Open weekdays. Details


Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 2-4 May, 2pm

Soil Culture: Working from a soil kitchen-come-lab, artists in residence Something and Son will explore what soil is by attempting to make it artificially from scratch. Part genuine experiment, part satire, they will copy and accelerate the complex systems that take place in nature, using hacked together machines.

Sessions start each day at 2pm, lasting 45mins. Film room in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. Free, but normal admission charges to Kew apply. Details here


Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University

Soil Culture: Dig It.
A live, evolving exhibition with artist residency (until 8 May), demonstrations, workshops and discussions including earthen architecture and painting with earth pigments. Continues to 30 May closed Sundays. Details


Peninsula Arts workshops, 30 April, 11.30am-1.15pm and 12am-2.15pm
Hikaru dorodango: Join artist Emma Saffy Wilson in the traditional and fascinating Japanese pastime of creating a shiny mud ball. Free, booking essential, box office:
01752 585050
Peninsula Arts talk, 30 April, 5.30-7.30pm
Join the Soil Culture contributors to discuss the exhibition and their respective investigations into soil. With David Clark, Lisa Hirmer, Dr. Daro Montag, Dr. Rob Parkinson, Linda Watson, and Emma Saffy Wilson. Free, booking essential, box office:
01752 585050
Plymouth University, Saturday 2 May 10am-5pm
Join artist Lisa Hirmer and staff from the University on a day of field activities to an area south of Princetown to explore carbon accumulation in peat. Free, minibus, bring your own lunch. Spaces limited, booking essential:

Peninsula Arts, 13 May, 1.30-4.30pm
Workshop with artist Pete Ward, Painting with Pigments. Free, booking essential, box office:
01752 585050 


British Earth Building Exhibition

Located just outside of Peninsula Arts. Continues to 30 May closed Sundays. See the poster here
Plymouth University School of Architecture is also organising 2 free public events during a module on cob building. Booking essential.
Repair of Cob, 5 May from 11am
Organised by the Devon Earth Building Association. Jill Craigie Theatre.

Time to get Dirty, 18 May from 11am
Practical cob construction with Jill Smallcombe, Jackie Abey and rammed earth construction with David Clark. Numbers limited.
Schools workshops, from 20 May
Booking essential.
l2watson@plymouth.ac.uk. Details here


Dartington Gallery

Exhibition launch/artist talk, Thursday 7 May 5-7pm

Soil Culture: Exhibition on Debra Solomon's residency at Schumacher College, showing work which examines the value of nature's work in the rhizosphere. Continues until 19 June. Open every day. Details
Dartington Food Fair 24-25 May
Soil Culture: Painting with Earth. Join artist Peter Ward in creating a large communual painting with hand-gathered Devon soil and rock pigments. Dartington Arts gallery. Daily 10am-4pm. Details
Dartington Food Fair 24-25 May
Soil Culture: Taste the Place. Join landscape architect Charlotte Rathbone to 'taste' soils and match them to different local milks, cheeses and butters. Inspired by the work of Californian artist Laura Parker. The shops at Dartington. Daily 10am-4pm. Details


Daylesford Summer Festival Sat. 16 May

Daylesford Organic Farm, Gloucestershire
Soil Culture: Join CCANW at the Soil Pavilion in the market garden and experience the audio trail made by artist in residence Sarah Ciurysek. Open all day. Free. Details

Soil Culture opens in Bristol 4 July

Linking both the UN International Year of Soils and Bristol's year as European Green Capital, and in collaboration with Touchstone collaborations, CCANW presents two exhibitions and activities on 'Soil Saturdays' at the Create centre. Continues until 26 August. Closed Sundays. Details here

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