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5 October 2017

GroundWork Gallery wins Arts and Environment Award

Recent 'Bird after Bird' exhibition at GroundWork with mud drawing by Richard Long

The new GroundWork Gallery in King's Lynn has won this year's Nick Reeves Award, awarded annually by CCANW and CIWEM's Arts and Environment Network. Special Commendations were also given to artists Hanna Tuulikki and Tony Foster.
Overlooking the River Purfleet, GroundWork's building had stood empty for 20 years before being purchased in 2013. Following several years of complex negotiations with heritage and planning authorities, it opened in July 2016 with an exhibition which celebrated the friendship between Richard Long (winner of the Award in 2012) and the late Roger Ackling. Its Director, Veronica Sekules, best known for her long career at the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, has a long interest in environmentalism and formerly worked for Friends of the Earth. Their programme will continue to focus on artists who engage with the environment and a next exhibition 'Fire and Ice' opens on 14 October. Press:

Associates Scheme

CCANW has now invited a number of key individuals working in the field of art and ecology to become Associates. These eight Associate Curators and five Associate Artists will meet together at Dartington for the first time in October, joining 19 Associate Researchers already formed by the Research in Art, Nature and the Environment (RANE) group. Together, they will increasingly play an important role in our developing programme. 

New Trustees

We are delighted to welcome Charlotte Rathbone back as a Trustee. Charlotte is a landscape architect based in Modbury, Devon and her practice designed the roof garden of the new Tate St.Ives extension. She was formerly a CCANW Trustee when we were based at Haldon and played an important part in our Soil Culture programme, delivering several successful 'soil tasting' workshops.

We welcome enquiries from people wishing to support us in this way. Contact

Interns wanted

CCANW is now developing a number of new programmes which could offer Internships in our Dartington or Stroud offices for graduates in curating, art and ecology or environmental humanities. Contact 

International and interdisciplinary working

Global Network of Water Museums

Director Clive Adams recently returned from Venice where CCANW is continuing to work with Civiltà dell'Acqua on an artistic programme for the Global Network of Water Museums. Following a first workshop in May, the Network has now been formally endorsed by UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme. Amongst other objectives, we are now seeking locations and sponsors in order to present exhibitions, artist residencies and other activities during the next Venice Biennale in 2019. 

Science Walden Project

Clive Adams visits the first phase of the Science Walden Project.
Photograph Martyn Windsor
CCANW is delighted to announce that it will receive funding over the next 3 years from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea, to work with them on the next phase of their Science Walden Project. Director Clive Adams will be visiting in November to develop proposals with UNIST for a series of exhibitions and residencies which will involve collaborative research between artists and scientists in Korea and the UK, accompanied by symposia, academic papers and publications.

Global Nomadic Art Projects

GNAPs are the initiative of YATOO, an artist-led group from South Korea with whom we have collaborated over several years. Involving local and international artists, these have recently taken place in India, Iran, Germany, South Africa and Eastern Europe. CCANW nominated Pete Ward from Barnstaple to participate in the most recent one in France - read his report and photographs. A GNAP UK is planned to take place at Dartington next June.

Don't miss: Ecovention Europe

'Ecovention Europe: Art to Transform Ecologies, 1957-2017' is a major exhibition at the Museum De Domijnen, Sittard in the Netherlands which continues until 7 January 2018. Curated by Sue Spaid, it shows works by over 40 artists from 13 countries - including several involved in our Soil Culture residencies; Paul Chaney, Touchstones and Debra Solomon - accompanied by installations and activities in outdoor spaces, lectures, discussions and a catalogue. 

News from

Hannah Fletcher: photogram
Partner delivers its own programme of exhibitions, talks, courses, and international symposia.

There are still a few places remaining on our residential short course with seminal land artist Chris Drury who is co-leading the course with writer Kay Syrad. In this five-day intensive, Chris Drury shares his renowned practice of working with form, including whirlpool and vortex, fractal and wave patterns, exploring and investigating how aesthetic forms have the universal enfolded within them but are at the same time particular to individual experience.

Chris is also giving a talk on the evening of November 1st. Tickets are £5 and are still available. has recently announced an open call for participation in their next international symposium, Liquidscapes. Deadline for proposals is November 20. 

Finally,'s gallery, co-hosted with Dartington Arts recently opened an exhibition by New York-based artist Tessa Grundon and London-based Hannah Fletcher. The exhibition remains open at Dartington's Garden Room Gallery until November 27. There is a closing reception and meet-the-artist event at 18.00 on Friday November 24. Join us.

CCANW is based at Dartington, along with partners and RANE

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