About us

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

It now delivers its programmes through partnerships and is increasingly working Internationally. Its main office is run by its founding Director Clive Adams in Stroud, Gloucestershire but since 2015 it has 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 form part of this family.

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.


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Residency opp

Residency opp

Art-Science hothouse residency: Tasting the change Saturday November 9 to Thursday November 14 2019 In November 2019 CCANW and Science Walden will host an Art-Science hothouse residency, a week of experimentation and conversation about working across disciplines for a...

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Interns wanted

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 info@ccanw.co.uk 

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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.

CCANW Membership

CCANW Members and Associates

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, mentoring and to special pricing (including a 10% discount on all events, including our renowned Conference/Summits and residential short courses).

Our monthly artist gatherings at Dartington –  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.

Please join!

CCANW invites a number of Artists and Curators each year to become  Associates; you can read here about the interests of our current Associates.

Recent projects

Archive projects

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2013 – 2016 SoilCulture

CCANW at Haldon Forest

The Centre for Contemporary Art & the Natural World (CCANW) is a charity registered in England & Wales Co. No.1167039
Reg. address: 2 Upper Leazes, Stroud, Glocs GL5 1LA, UK
phone: 01453 762103 | email: info@ccanw.co.uk | www.ccanw.org.uk