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One Chapter Ends – Another Begins

 15 March 2020

In response to the severe funding challenges that we share with many other arts organisations the Trustees made the decision to close CCANW as of 31 March 2020. CCANW’s work will be re-focussed through an independent curatorial practice led by founder, Clive Adams, working in collaboration with a number of International associates and partners.

We would like to thank all former Trustees and staff, the many artists, curators, participants and supporters with whom we have worked, together with all our former funders, for their involvement over the past fourteen years.

Managing the Transition 

Website. Clive’s new web address is www.cliveadams.art  and some content will be loaded by 1 April. The old site www.ccanw.org.uk will be archived and is still live, but please note that the details below replace information on the old site.

E-Mails. His new personal e mail address is clive@cliveadams.art Please amend your own databases. Correspondence will be forwarded from the old address for the time being. 

Telephone. +44(0)145 376 2103.

Address. 2 Upper Leazes, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 1LA. UK.


Newsletters. Free newsletters will continue to be sent out every few months,  but Data Protection regulations mean that we are unable to add you to Clive’s new list automatically. Those already on the CCANW database will be notified and can continue to receive news and updates from Clive if you subscribe.

Mentoring and Internships. Please write to hello@cliveadams.art

Membership scheme. The joint Membership scheme operated with art.earth will end. The scheme will now be operated by art.earth alone. For further details go to https://artdotearth.org/membership/

Artdotearth CIC. art.earth will continue to support the sector by organising exhibitions and delivering international symposia and short courses from their base at Dartington Hall. They will continue to post news and opportunities and feature artists on their website: www.artdotearth.org 

Nick Reeves Award. The Award will now be made solely by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management in the context of its Arts and the Environment Network.




The Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW) was an innovative not-for-profit arts organisation focused on exploring new understandings of our place within nature.

It delivered its programmes through partnerships and is increasingly working Internationally. From 2015-2020 CCANW worked closely on projects with Dr Richard Povall and with art.earth; creating a ‘family’ of art and ecology organisations at Dartington Hall, Devon. Our Trustees, Associate Artists, Curators and Researchers and Members also formed part of this family. art.earth continues to operate.

CCANW helped establish the Arts and the Environment Network at the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and has made a joint annual award with them since 2010. More recently, it has formed a close working relationship with Bath Spa University.

From the start, we have received support from Arts Council England and are actively lobbying them to increase support of artists and organisations that address the current environmental crisis.

Our programme at Haldon Forest Park nr. Exeter from 2006-13 is archived on this website. The Soil Culture programme which preoccupied us at Exeter 2013-16 is documented in a publication and in this link. You can read the latest news from CCANW in its free e-Bulletins and sign up for these here.

International and Transdisciplinary working

Since 2017, led by Richard Povall, CCANW has been working with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea on their Science Walden Project. This is involving collaborative research between artists and scientists in Korea and the UK, accompanied by symposia, academic papers, publications and artist residencies.

Clive Adams has been involved in the development of UNESCO’s Global Network of Water Museums and organised presentations at their annual conferences in Venice, Den Bosch and Valencia. He now leads an International working group that advises on arts programming.

Building on the success of its Soil Culture programme, CCANW has convened a panel to work with the British Society of Soil Science on arts programming  across Scotland leading up to, and during, the World Congress of Soil Science, Glasgow in 2022.

We are also developing a new network of botanical gardens with galleries, initially linking Padua, Edinburgh and Valencia, in order to facilitate knowledge exchange, skill-sharing and collaboration.

You can read several recent articles here.

Recent projects

Archive projects

Visit the Projects Archive

2013 – 2016 SoilCulture

CCANW at Haldon Forest