The Ephemeral River update

The application deadline for The Ephemeral River (Global Nomadic Art Project) has now passed. We received 117 applications from 34 countries. We now begin the process of careful review of each of these applications. As promised, we will let everyone know (whether or...

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Nick Reeves Award 2017

from this year's winner, GroundWork Gallery Help us to celebrate our prestigious Nick Reeves Award this week  - and let's also send many congratulations to Hanna Tuulikki and Tony Foster, who were specially commended. Two great events are also announced here. The Art...

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About us

The Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW) is an innovative educational charity focused on exploring new understandings of our place within Nature through the Arts. Since 2013, it has delivered its programmes through partnership working and is increasingly working Internationally.

At the end of 2015, CCANW accepted an invitation to relocate from the Innovation Centre at the University of Exeter to the Dartington Hall estate in Devon. At Dartington we are now part of a new family of art and ecology organisations

Our group of Associates as well as the research group at art.earth also form a key part of our family.

The Soil Culture programme which had preoccupied us at Exeter since 2013 has now ended and is documented in a publication. Our completed programme at Haldon Forest Park and Exeter since we opened 2006 is archived on this website. (Buy the SoilCulture book)

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CCANW Membership

CCANW operates a joint membership scheme with art.earth offering services and discounts. Membership is also a way to demonstrate your support for our work.

As a member you gain access to privileged information, to professional opportunities, and to special pricing (including a 10% discount on all events, including our renowned Conference/Summits and residential short courses). Our monthly artist gathering –  First Fridays – are open to all, but if there is an appetite from members, we will organise special events and gatherings. It’s up to you, really, to tell us what you’d like and how best we can galvanise and support this community of artists and thinkers who have dedicated their work to the natural world and the environment.

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CCANW also nominates a number of artists each year to become an Associate Artist or Curator; we work with partners art.earth and RANE to nominate new Research Associates. Read about our 2017 Associates.

International and Interdisciplinary working

Building on the success of its ‘Soil Culture’ programme 2013-16, CCANW is increasing its International impact over the coming years by bringing together new partnerships created in Italy and S.Korea, developing a new network of Associates and increasing opportunities for artists to work Internationally and across disciplines.

Director Clive Adams recently returned from Venice where CCANW is continuing to work with Civiltà dell’Acqua on an artistic programme for the Global Network of Water Museums. Following a first workshop in May, the Network has now been formally endorsed by UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme. Amongst other objectives, we are now seeking locations and sponsors in order to present exhibitions, artist residencies and other activities during the next Venice Biennale in 2019.

From 2017-2021 CCANW will be working with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea on the next phase of their Science Walden Project. Director Clive Adams will be visiting in November to develop proposals with UNIST for a series of exhibitions and residencies which will involve collaborative research between artists and scientists in Korea and the UK, accompanied by symposia, academic papers and publications.

In 2019, we are planning a contribution to the centenary of the Forestry Commission through a partnership with Timber Strategies and the Timber Research and Development Association which will involve the making of a timber structure in the grounds of Dartington Hall, chosen from entries to TRADA’s university design competition in 2018/19. Part of this celebration will be another in the series of acclaimed creative summits / international conferences organised by art.earth. This will take place at Dartington in June 2019.

You can read Clive’s recent presentations on Interdisciplinarity at the last meeting of the International Biennial Association in Shanghai and on Water Culture at UNESCO in Venice.

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2016 Geumgang Nature Art Biennale (official Biennale site in Korean, in English)

2013 – 2016 SoilCulture

CCANW at Haldon Forest


Nature Art Biennale 2018

Nature – Private Space – Shelter The Geumgang Nature Art Biennale, an international festival for nature artists and a wonderful stage for their communication, has announced its 8th exhibition. The 2018 Nature Art Biennale has chosen as its theme ‘NATURE – PRIVATE...

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Interns wanted

CCANW is now developing a number of new programmes which could offer Internships in our Dartington or Stroud offices for graduates in curating, art and ecology or environmental humanities. Contact...

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CCANW works in partnership with art.earth

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Anarchy, Desire and Performance - Anarchy, Desire and Performance Date: 28 March Time: 13:00 – 17:00 Venue: Camden People’s Theatre “The passion for destruction is a creat... Read more at artdotearth.org/?p=2… @ccanw pic.twitter.com/HuDz…

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First Friday, March 2

March 2, 2018, 1:00pm - March 2, 2018, 3:30pm

Join us on March 2 for First Friday As always, we gather at 1pm for a shared lunch – bring something to share. Around 2, we re-convene for our guest artist talk, this month by Donna Mitchell, hoste...

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