Young Shoots spring to life as the Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) explores the secret world of soil in a new exhibition

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Without soil there would be no life. Healthy soils are not only essential for the production of our food, timber and fibres but are a vital part of our global eco-system, filtering our water and acting as a carbon sink to reduce the impact of climate change. That’s 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, at organisations ranging from the Eden Project to Dartington Estate and Kew Gardens – and the resulting exhibition is now touring the country. It has already featured at leading venues such as the Eden Project, Cornwall and Hauser & Wirth Somerset.

This diverse exhibition brings to life the science behind soil, as well as celebrating its beauty.

collage of soil exhibits

Clive Adams from CCANW (Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World) said: “I am delighted that our exhibition ‘Soil Culture: Young Shoots’ is being shown on tour at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery – one of the most beautiful and friendly galleries in the South West.

“Across the region, our wider Soil Culture programme has explored the importance of our soils and the threats they now face and has been the UK’s most significant contribution to the United Nations International Year of Soils 2015.

“We are so very pleased that the gallery has become part of a new movement which uses the arts to address some of the most pressing environmental issues of our time.’

Angela Blackwell (THG curator/manager) said: “Based in Honiton in the heart of rural East Devon where soil is an important focus, THG is uniquely placed to host this insightful exhibition.

“THG will be engaging with the community during the exhibition in a wide ranging programme of workshops and activities to showcase their responses.”

The second part of this exhibition ‘Soil Culture: Casting Seeds’ (16 April – 21 May) will feature the community response to Young Shoots,  alongside the work of the artists who led the workshops.

Soil Culture : Young Shoots (27 February – 9 April 2016): CCANW touring residency exhibition exploring the importance of soil

Free admission, donations welcome. All donations support the THG learning  programme.


(from a press release)