Soil Culture: Forum

Soil Culture Forum

Revitalising our relationship with the soil 
Falmouth University, 2 - 5 July 2014

RANE (Research in Art, Nature and Environment) group in collaboration with Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World delivered the Soil Culture Forum at Falmouth Univeristy earlier this July.

Gathering Dirt by Janet McEwan & Ann Osman

 The hugely enjoyable Forum brought together the visual and literary arts to help raise awareness about the importance of soil, with over 80 participants. Clive Adams and Daro Montag, directors of CCANW welcomed and launched the Forum with a presentation which outlined the wider Soil Culture programme, including its residencies and touring exhibitions. Followed by Patrick Holden's enlightening talk on his relationship to his farm, calling for a deeper cultural understand of soil, growing from the mineral, to the biological, to a holistic approach on growing healthy soils. Here are some photographs showing the variety of presentations and workshops across the four days.

Sam Bower collecting soil sample for


Samples for Janet McEwan &
Ann Osman workshop


Ann Osman,Charlotte Rathbone &
Chris Jones looking at farm land sample


Exhibition of environmental artwork


Exhibition of environmental artwork


 Opening talk by Patrick Holden


Fraulein Brehms Tierleben, Lubbricus
Terrestris, Der Regenwurm


Straw shed and Strawberries workshop, by
Tom Ingate & Jo Tracey


Jude Allen participating in the Straw
shed workshop


Naomi Wright, Soil Kitchen workshop


Angela Shaw chalk workshop


Angela Shaw, Paper Poxy work


Emma Saffy Wilson, Hikura
dorodango workshop


A Hikura dorodango coated with
Bideford black earth pigment


Hildegard Kurt, Being Humus workshop


Jackie Yoemans, seed community workshop


Janet McEwan & Ann Osman,
Gathering Dirt workshop


Soil sample analysis, part of
Gathering Dirt


Pete Ward, earth pigments workshop


Participants playing with earth pigments


Photo Credit: Martyn Windsor

You can learn more about the Forum here:

SOIL CULTURE from Bryony Stokes on Vimeo.