CCANW Haldon Forest

CCANW at Haldon Forest faces closure

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CCANW Haldon Forest

The Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World at Haldon Forest is facing closing after an unsuccessful grant application to the Arts Council.

The Arts Council has given the CCANW the opportunity to re-apply, but only if the charity raises £20,000 in match funding by mid-March for its new 2010-11 programme year.

The CCANW has approached Devon County Council and Teignbridge District Counci for funding, and is also calling on businesses and the public to help secure its future.

Its current exhibition and series of forums Art, Ecology and the Economy continues until the end of March, profiling creative businesses in the greater Dartmoor area and bringing together artists and designers, environmentalists and those from the wider business community.

CCANW director Clive Adams told Arts+Culture: “We are a flagship organisation and one-of-its-kind in the UK, with an international programme that has already reached over 120,000  people at our Project Space in Haldon Forest Park.

“There has never been a more important time to engage people with the pressing environmental challenges the world is facing today. Education through the arts touches people – creatively and emotionally – in ways that conventional methods of advocacy rarely do.

“You can become a Friend of CCANW for just £12 a year, so we urgently ask for anyone who feels passionate about the arts, education and ecology to support us. A surge in membership will send out a strong message to Arts Council England as well as our local councils.”

For more information go to the CCANW site



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2 thoughts on “CCANW at Haldon Forest faces closure”

  1. Hopefully,local district councils will reach further into their pockets, too. CCANW provides the public with access to some of the most stunning and influential contemporary arts from within and outside the region, as well as business opportunities for local artists. CCANW is too valuable an asset and resource for Devon to risk losing.

  2. CCANW is a space with a visionary approach that truly exemplifies and anticipates some of our most pressing concerns.
    It allows visitors who would not normally engage with contemporary art to come across work that unites art and nature in a challenging, positive and meaningful way, helping us to shape our futures in a more constructive and engaged fashion. Local district councils should want to actively support forward thinking organisations such as this, and be proud to have them on their doorstep. The actual funding bid pales into insignificance compared to yearly bankers’ bonusses! Let’s get our priorities right.

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