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Developments in Arts & Ecology

Tuesday, 5 January, 2016

The Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW) is widely known as one of the foremost organisations promoting contemporary visual arts and the field of practice broadly known as ‘arts and ecology’. Current projects include the Soil Culture project - a commissioning/touring exhibition programme and a hot-off-the-press publication. The project involved artists from across the world responding to soil as a medium and a metaphor and had a small exhibition here at Dartington back in 2015.  CCANW is also curating the UK delegation of artists to the YATOO (South Korea) art-nature biennale in 2016. See for more information.

RANE (Research in Art, Nature and Environment) is a research group which has been based at Falmouth University since its inception in 2003. With the closure of the MA Art & Environment at Falmouth, the University also wound up support for RANE which has been an important contributor to the field of arts and ecology and which has an extensive archive of research and writing. It’s loss would be significant.

As part of the development of its Arts & Ecology programme, Schumacher College invited both CCANW and RANE to relocate to the College and to Dartington. CCANW has now moved its main office and library from the University of Exeter campus to Dartington and will be joined by the resources of RANE in the coming months. (We’d like to thank the Arts Team for helping out with some temporary storage too!) As a research centre - essentially a collective of theoretical and practical researchers - RANE is an entity without walls. Moving to the College means that it will come under the College’s wing and be associated with the College’s recognised work in the field of ecology. We will maintain and enhance the archive and invite new researchers to join.

Beginning in April, we are initiating a programme of arts and ecology-related activity that will include residential short courses, lectures and talks, conferences and symposia, artist networking events and other artist-led events all of which will come under the umbrella of at and on Twitter @artdotearth. In April we offer a Short Course ‘Branching Out: creative collaborations with trees’ and in June ‘Transcribing Landscape (portraits and tales)’.  We are also producing a major international symposium ‘Language, Landscape and the Sublime ( in late June with contributors from more than 20 countries. If you’d like to attend the symposium, please contact Richard Povall about discounted rates for Dartington staff.

All of this complements the recent validation of an MA and MFA in Arts & Ecology which will accept its first students in September 2017, and all together begins to create a hub for Arts and Ecology of international significance.

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