Don’t take soil for granted – that’s one of the messages for the forthcoming 2015 UN International Year of Soils.
And to really get dug into the idea of soil, British artist Jonny Briggs as been awarded the an artist residency of Soil Culture at White Moose Gallery in a project coordinated by CCANW (Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World).
According to the press, “Jonny Briggs’ Soil Culture residency with White Moose will take place in Barnstaple, North Devon, during the summer/early autumn of 2014 and will involve the artist working alongside local communities to explore how soil, ‘The Skin of the Earth’ , is a transition between life and death and acts as a montage of decomposition and the foundation from which new life emerges.”
A further seven residences will take place at Schumacher College, the universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Hauser & Wirth Somerset and the Environment and Sustainability Institute in Penryn.
From May 2015 – September 2016, an exhibition of the results of all residencies will tour to the residency hosts and a number of other selected galleries, supported by Arts Council England.