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First Fridays at Dartington - a time each month to share lunch and ideas

Dear <<First Name>>

You may have become aware that ( and CCANW ( (Centre for Contemporary Art & the Natural World) are increasingly working together.  We’ve been working very hard for the past year, mostly behind the scenes, and we’ve been working with little income and no pay. Why? because we believe it’s more important than ever for the contemporary arts to be addressing issues and concerns to do with the planet. We all love the natural world: it supports and nurtures us, and all the other forms of life around us. It feeds us in so many ways.

We believe, fervently, that contemporary art has a role to play in protecting this precious place. We also believe that the best way we can do this, as organisations, is by fostering ideas and supporting artists and others to do more, and better. We are trying to do this in a variety of ways: through offering free events for people to get together, by sharing our ideas and creativity, by mounting exhibitions in Exeter and Dartington, and by fostering research and new ideas and sharing them with others. CCANW is looking forward to its next set of projects, including the Global Nomadic Art Project UK in 2018 (another artist development project) and a celebration of the Forestry Commission’s centenary in 2019 with a national design competition (and build opportunity for the winners) for some of the most innovative timber structures to be found anywhere.

One of the things we’ve done this past year was to invite RANE (Research in Art, Nature & Environment) ( to become part of the family. RANE, instigated and run by Daro Montag, was based at Falmouth University for more than a decade, but became welcome no longer as part of their changing research portfolio. As a result of this, we’ve been able to invite 18 artists to become new RANE Research Associates, which will allow us to build a new, important, research culture in this field.

Together, we’re developing a programme for Associate Artists and Associate Curators to help us give particular support to a few who we believe can benefit from such support at a crucial time in their careers.

Richard Lewis leads a walk as part of the 'Feeding the Insatiable' event

Dartington has been supportive and has given us free or subsidised spaces over the past year. We are trying hard to find a more permanent base, but we must do that in a financially achievable way. 

It takes time. All of it takes time.  And we really need your help.

You’ve been really supportive, and we’re tremendously grateful for the spirit of generosity that exists within our growing community. You’ve given us your time and your ideas and your enthusiasm.

Now we need to raise £5,000 by the end of March. That’s at least 100 new members. That £5,000 will be key to our future and will help us hugely in spurring those with deeper pockets to support our work - for all of us. We need, for example, dedicated time and resources to develop some major funding bids, and we need to cover the costs of things like the Gallery and events like First Friday.

Membership is not just about helping us, but about helping yourself as well. Membership allows you full access to the website where new artist opportunities are posted almost every day, and gives you a profile on the website (with a link to your own website if you have one). It provides you with 5% discount in our online art shop, and 10% discount on other items such as books, conferences, and short courses. 

Find out more at

Richard Povall, a Director of and CCANW.

along with… 

Clive Adams (Founding Director CCANW)
Sally Lai (CCANW)
Daro Montag (CCANW)
Mark Leahy (

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