Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW) is delighted to invite applications for the fourth round of its Soil Culture artist residencies. In the lead up to and coinciding with the United Nations International Year of Soils 2015 the short residencies are aimed at encouraging an exploration of the importance of soil.

Taking place across the South West of the UK and beyond the residencies will not only provide dedicated time for experimentation, research and the development of new work but also unparalleled access to facilities, expertise and working contexts.

The residencies and the touring of the resulting works are a key part of CCANW’s Soil Culture Programme, which includes a forum that took place Falmouth University in the summer and a major touring exhibition of works by established artists, which will tour in 2015.

The first 8 residencies attracted 627 applications from across the world. The selected artists so far are, Marissa Benedict (USA) working at the Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Karen Guthrie (UK) at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Jonny Briggs (UK) at White Moose in Barnstaple, Debra Solomon (USA/ NL) at Schumacher College, Dartington, Anton Burdakov (UK/UA/DE) at the Eden Project, Sarah Ciurysek (CA) at Daylesford Organic Farm and Something & Son (UK) at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. CCANW will also be helping to support residencies by Paul Chaney at Kestle Barton in Helston and Anne-Marie Culhane at the University of Exeter.

New Soil Culture Residency at Seale-Hayne

We are now accepting applications for a Soil Culture residency at Hannahs at Seale-Hayne, near Newton Abbot. The residency invites an artist to engage its users, many of whom have disabilities, with the site’s history as a former agricultural college.

Deadline for applications is 5pm, 27 February. 

Interview date: 26 March 2015, Hannahs at Seale-Hayne

  • See the full brief here
1940s photograph from exhibition marking the centenary of Seale-Hayne College

The residencies include:

(please see individual briefs for specific details)

  • Travel budget (up to £300)
  • An artist fee of £1500 (£150 per day for 10 days)
  • Materials and production budget of £1200
  • Access to workspace and/ or specialist equipment and expertise
  • Accommodation if required
  • Support from staff at the host organisations and the CCANW team
  • Inclusion in a CCANW touring exhibition of the residency outcomes (from Spring/ Summer 2015)

The artist will: 

  • Undertake a 10-day residency at the host organisation
  • Organise (with the host organisation) a half-day public participatory session (e.g. an interactive talk or workshop)
  • Create work or documentation (as appropriate) to be included in a touring exhibition

How to apply:


Please email applications to residencies@ccanw.co.uk by the deadline 27 February 2015 for Seale-Hayne

Short-listed artists will be invited to attend an interview at the host organisations or may be conducted on Skype.

* Please note that individual application forms should be completed for each residency but that you need only send 1 set of images and that hosts should not be contacted directly.