Soil Culture

Soil Culture was a three year long programme devised by CCANW to inspire a deeper public understanding of the importance of soil; a topic that had never captured the level of attention devoted to the conservation of ‘charismatic megafauna’ such as the giant panda or the humpback whale.

Image: Charlotte Rathbone delivering a ‘soil tasting’ workshop at Dartington Food Fair, May 2015. Photo Martyn Windsor.

Built on Love, Labour and Loss

It built on the major exhibition Love, Labour and Loss: 300 years of British Livestock Farming in Art, curated by myself and shown in Carlisle and Exeter in 2002/3 in the aftermath of the foot and mouth epidemic. You can read my catalogue essay covering the period from the 1850s When Tillage begins, other Arts follow in the Appendix.

In partnership with Falmouth University

Initiated in 2013 through a partnership with Falmouth University, Soil Culture was delivered in three stages: a Soil Forum, Young Shoots artist residencies and Deep Roots exhibition with its main activities coinciding with the United Nations International Year of Soils in 2015.

A record of the entire programme is documented in the publication Soil Culture: Bringing the Arts down to Earth. The publication has a foreword by Patrick Holden, essays by Bruce Lascelles and Daro Montag, sections on each of the exhibitions, artists and activities, as well as a bibliography. As you can view a copy here, the following is a summary which contains additional information and photographs.


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Forum and funding 2013-14

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