Soil Culture – Using the arts to revitalise our relationship with a resource we take for granted

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Soil Culture is a programme of exhibitions and activities informed by academic research, land management policy, and scientific knowledge to engage specialist and no specialist audiences of all ages.

Soil is a material on which – even in the age of the internet – the whole of civilization depends. Along with clean air and fresh water, it is one of the fundamental components that support life on this planet. Without a healthy layer of soil, life and human society as we know it would not be able to function.

Despite our knowledge of this fact, mankind continues to misuse and abuse this fundamental matrix of life. Climate change and pollution, erosion and desertification are all having a devastating impact. Although the word ‘culture’ has its metaphorical roots in the improvement of soil, we have lost that fundamental connection.

Inspiring people through the arts on environmental issues can do what conventional advocacy often struggles to do: kindle the imagination, open minds to creative possibilities and engage communities.

The Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW), in collaboration with Falmouth University’s RANE (Research in Art, Nature and Environment) research group and MA Art & Environment; and other national and international partnerships, is developing a programme in 2013–17 of exhibitions and socially engaged activities re-examining the cultural and environmental importance of soil and the underlying issues to a wider audience.

For more information about the project contact either:

Daro Montag at Falmouth University: +44 (0)1326 213871,daro.montag@falmouth.ac.ukhttp://www.rane-research.org

Clive Adams at CCANW: +44 (0)1392 832277, adams@ccanw.co.uk,http://www.ccanw.co.uk

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