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Soil Culture : Young Shoots

27 February 2016 to 9 April 2016

Residency Exhibition exploring the secret world of soil

 Without soil there would be no life. Healthy soils are not only essential for the production of our food, timber and fibres but are vital to our global eco-system. That is why the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW) commissioned 13 artists to explore it for the United Nations International Year of Soils 2015.

The artists’ residencies took place in the South West and London.  The resulting exhibition of the artists’ fascinating work is now touring the country. It comes to THG following time at Hauser & Wirth, Somerset and the Eden Project, Cornwall.

Of the 12 residencies, 9 were selected through an open call that attracted 655 applications from across the world. This diverse exhibition brings to life the science behind soil, as well as celebrates its beauty.

  • Artist Residencies and Host Organisations
    Anne-Marie Culhane, Residency at University of Exeter
    Anton Burdakov, Residency at the Eden Project, Cornwall
    Debra Solomon, Residency at Schumacher College, Dartington
    Jonny Briggs, Residency at White Moose, Barnstaple
    Karen Guthrie, Residency at Hauser & Wirth Somerset
    Karen Francesca Wydler, Residency at Hannahs at Seale-Hayne
    Lisa Hirmer / Dodo Lab, Residency at Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University
    Marissa Lee Benedict, Residency at the Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter
    Paul Chaney, Residency at Kestle Barton, Helston, Cornwall
    Sarah Ciurysek, Residency at Daylesford Organic Farm, Cotswolds
    Sophie Mason and Simon Brown, Commission at Dolphin Primary School, Bristol
    Something & Son, Residency at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
    Touchstone Collaborations, Residency at Blue Finger Alliance

More details about the Soil Culture programme. The Private View will take place on Saturday 27 February between 3pm and 5pm.

Free admission, donations welcome. Coordinating activities:

Sat 12 March 11am – 3pm Family drop in workshop making birdfeeders

Fri 8 April 11am – 3pm Family drop in workshop making bug boxes

Suggested donation £2 per child. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. For further details about activities to accompany this exhibition, please contact us info@thelmahulbert.com / 01404 45006.



Debroot Karen Guthrie's copper still Debra Solomon Karen Guthrie distilled soil essence

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