THE trustees of the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World have announced that, in response to the severe funding challenges that CCANW shares with many other arts organisations, they have decided to close on 31st March.
The charitable incorporated organisation’s work will be re-focussed through an independent curatorial practice led by CCANW’s founder, Clive Adams, working in collaboration with a number of international associates and partners.
The trustees have thanked former trustees and staff, the many artists, curators, participants and supporters with whom they have worked, and former funders, for their involvement over the past 14 years.
CCANW first operated from a project space in Haldon Forest Park near Exeter in 2006, and was supported by Arts Council England from the start. The programme of exhibitions and activities has ranged from promoting the use of sustainably grown local timber in architecture to an exploration of the environmental impact of the fashion industry. Artists whose work has been shown include the Harrison Studio, Lucy Orta and David Nash. S
CCANW’s Soil Culture programme became the most significant UK contribution to the UN International Year of Soils (2015). There have been several important international and transdisciplinary collaborations, notably the Science Walden project, a collaboration with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea.
A current project, Our Living Soil, will involve Clive Adams working with the British Society of Soil Science and several Scottish partners, linking COP26 in November with the World Congress of Soil Science in Glasgow in 2022.
He will also build on his relationship with Bath Spa University, particularly in the fields of curating and environmental humanities, and will continue to advise UNESCO’s new Global Network of Water Museums.
Clive’s new website will be www.cliveadams.art
The old website ccanw.org.uk contains an archive and is still live.
Pictured: Trustees Clive Adams, Charlotte Rathbone and Daro Montag