Nick Reeves Award

We were delighted to have received 33 nominations for this year's Nick Reeves Award-more than in any previous year and a strong indication of the increasing engagement of artists with environmental issues. An announcement of the winner will be made in September. The...

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Exhibitions in Exeter

Exhibitions at the Innovation Centre, University of Exeter  Following three years of CCANW successfully curating exhibitions at the Innovation Centre, no further funding is available. However, work by Exeter based artist Richard Rochester, previously shown by...

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Our new website

Our new website has launched. Not yet complete, but quite close. We're very happy if you contact us to let us know if things aren't working or if you can't find something or if you'd like to make a suggestion. Image: Oliver Raymond-Barker's camera obscura under...

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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 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. (Buy the SoilCulture book)

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



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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.

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.

In Italy, our recently launched ‘Water Culture’ programme will encompass a role in the development of an artistic programme for a new Water Museum of Venice and a new Global Network of Water Museums established by UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme. Following meetings at the Biodiversity Garden at the University of Padua, we are also encouraging a new network of botanical gardens to develop and share their experience of artistic programming.

In S.Korea, we will be working the National Institute of Science and Technology in Ulsan on their Science Walden project, and have an agreement with the Korean Environment Institute. As a partner in the Global Nomadic Art Project initiated by the YATOO group in Korea, CCANW will be holding GNAP UK at Dartington next June and Peter Ward from Bideford will participate in a GNAP in France in September.

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.

Whilst at the opening of the Venice Biennale, Clive was invited by Interalia magazine to write an article on the Antarctic Biennale ‘creative journey’ involving 100 participants from different disciplines and initiated by the Russian artist Alexander Ponomarev. You can read the article which appears in this month’s issue.

Recent projects

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

2013 – 2016 SoilCulture

CCANW at Haldon Forest

CCANW Directors / Trustees

Clive Adams

Clive Adams

Founding Director

CCANW was founded in 2006 by 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.

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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.
Dr Richard Povall

Dr 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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