Between August 2014 and June 2015 the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW) initiated 12 Soil Culture artist residencies. In the lead up to and coinciding with the United Nations International Year of Soils 2015, the short residencies are aimed at encouraging an exploration of the importance of soil.
Taking place across the South West of the UK and beyond the residencies provided dedicated time for experimentation, research and the development of new work as well as unparalleled access to facilities, expertise and working contexts.
The resulting work will be presented in a touring exhibition that launches at the create centre in Bristol on 4 July and will tour across the South West of England.
Of the 12 residencies 9 were selected through an open call process that attracted 655 applications from 39 countries across the world. The residency artists are:
Marissa Benedict (USA) working at the Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter,
Karen Guthrie (UK) at Hauser & Wirth Somerset,
Jonny Briggs (UK) at White Moose in Barnstaple,
Debra Solomon (USA/ NL) at Schumacher College, Dartington,
Anton Burdakov (UK/UA/DE) at the Eden Project,
Sarah Ciurysek (CA) at Daylesford Organic Farm,
Something & Son (UK) at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,
Lisa Hirmer/ DodoLab (CA) at Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University,
Karen Wydler (UK) at Hannahs at Seale-Hayne,
Touchstone collaborations (UK) at Blue Finger Alliance, Bristol.
CCANW also helped to support residencies by Paul Chaney at Kestle Barton in Helston and Anne-Marie Culhane at the University of Exeter, as well as working with Sophie Mason & Simon Brown (UK), in partnership with Willis Newson on a roof garden commission at Dolphin Primary School in Bristol.