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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 from Schumacher College 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 incorporating ‘artdotearth’ and the Research in Art, Nature and the Environment (RANE) group.

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. For the time being, we continue to curate exhibitions at the Innovation Centre which is open weekdays from 9am-5pm.

CCANW is pleased to acknowledge support for its recently-completed Soil Culture programme from Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and South West Soils.


A note about the website

This is our new website, and it’s still very much in development. So please bear with us if some of the edges are a little untidy. Much of the archive is still not available here, but will be over the coming weeks.


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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).  First Fridays will remain 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.


CCANW’s current exhibition at the Innovation Centre, University of Exeter continues from Monday to Friday until 28 April and features the work of the Land Art Generator Initiative whose collaboration with ecoartscotland was awarded the 2016 Nick Reeves Award. The Award is made annually by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) in association with CCANW. Read the article published in the February 2017 of ‘The Environment’ CIWEM’s magazine.

The Innovation Centre is open from 0900 to 1700 on weekdays.

Visit our shop for work for sale from previous exhibitions.


Forthcoming projects

We have an exciting group of projects in various stages of planning. These include the 2018 Global Nomadic Art Project UK, and in 2019 celebrations of  the Forestry Commission’s Centenary.

In 2020 we will bring a major exhibition of work by Korean Nature Art artists and other artist related to Yatoo, which whom we have worked for some years, including on the 2016 Nature Art Biennale.


Archive projects

Visit the Projects Archive

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

2010 – 2016 SoilCulture

CCANW at Haldon Forest

CCANW Directors / Trustees

Clive Adams

Clive Adams

Founding Director

CCANW was founded in 2006 by its Clive Adams who started his career as a curator at Arnolfini/Bristol in the Seventies. Clive generally leads on our exhibitions programmes, developing International collaborations and on our mentoring services. In the past year he has spoken in South Korea, China, Belgium, Italy and Hungary. See/read Clive’s keynote talk ‘Sculpting Nature‘ delivered at the Sculpture Network’s XIV International Forum in Antwerp in 2016.

Sally Lai

Sally Lai

Director / Trustee

Sally Lai is an independent curator, consultant and Co-Director of Feral Studio. She was formerly Director of the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art and has worked for Arts Council England and the Culture Team of London 2012amongst others. Sally is also currently on the Advisory Board of the Attenborough Arts Centre, University of Leicester and Black Artists and Modernism AHRC funded research project and is on the Steering Group of Visual Arts South West.

Dr. Daro Montag

Dr. Daro Montag

Director / Trustee

Dr Daro Montag is an artist, lecturer and researcher based at Falmouth University. In 2004 he established the RANE research group to examine relationships between art and the environment. Between 2010 and 2015 he led the MA in Art & Environment and is now Head of Marine and Natural History Photography. His work has been exhibited internationally and he became a director of CCANW in 2013.
Richard Povall

Richard Povall

Director / Trustee

Dr Richard Povall is a sound artist, researcher and educator and the founding Director of art.earth. His practice and research centre around the natural world and ecological systems and art practices. He has directed numerous companies and has taught and held Fellowships in Universities in the UK and US. Richard joined CCANW as a Co-Director in 2016. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and sits on numerous boards.

CCANW works in partnership with art.earth

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Opening and Reception this Friday (17th), 17.00-19.00 ... See MoreSee Less

Exhibition: Inscriptions in a Landscape

February 27, 2017, 9:00am - March 3, 2017, 5:00pm

Work on paper by two Devon artists: Martin Broadbent and Richard Rogers. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 17.00. There is a reception with the artists on Friday February 17 from 17....

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First Friday, March 3, 2017

March 3, 2017, 1:00pm - March 3, 2017, 4:00pm

First Fridays are a time to gather and share - food, ideas, art, gossip. First Fridays is entirely informal: a bring-something-to-share lunch followed usually by some kind of artist presentation. Our ...

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The Centre for Contemporary Art & the Natural World (CCANW) is a charity registered in England & Wales Co. No.1167039
Reg. address: The Old Postern, Dartington Hall, Totnes TQ9 6EL, UK
phone: 01453 762103 | email: info@ccanw.co.uk | www.ccanw.co.uk