art.earth is a network organisation with three core partners: Schumacher College (The Dartington Hall Trust), The Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW), and RANE (Research into Art, Nature and Environment) [website coming soon].d
Schumacher College is an international centre for nature-based education, personal transformation and collective action, offering short courses and postgraduate study with the leading thinkers, practitioners and activists of our time. The College asks participants to inspire, challenge and question themselves as co-inhabitants of the world, to ask the questions we all struggle to find answers to and to find sound knowledge.
The Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World is a leader in the arts and ecology movement, based at Schumacher College as part of the art.earth hub. CCANW delivers a local exhibition programme at its small-cafe gallery at the University of Exeter, as well as its programme at Dartington and a wider programme through partnerships across the south-west. As society has become increasingly concerned over its changing relationship with nature, there has been a growing need for a dedicated exploration of these issues. Through exhibitions, talks, and artist residencies CCANW aims to create the platform to discuss these issues through which new understandings of the natural world can develop; using contemporary art that explores social, environmental and scientific issues.
The RANE research group was based at Falmouth University from 2004 to 2015, and is now part of the art.earth network at Schumacher College. RANE comprises a collective of researchers who have been examining the relationship between the visual arts and ecological thinking, with the aim of contributing to a more sustainable future. Against the backdrop of accelerating environmental and economic collapse the arts are seen as a method for developing alternative models of thinking and doing. [website coming soon]
These core partners support the artist development, learning, project, exhibition, residency, and other activity generated here at art.earth.
We are based on the Dartington Hall Estate, which sits within its own 1200-acre estate in the southwest of England, situated near to the sublime coastline (part of which is designated a UNESCO GeoPark), and to Dartmoor National Park with its abundance of neolithic sites, unique ecologies and many SSSIs. We are also situated within one of the UK’s largest Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
art.earth is also a virtual network, linking with key ecological arts organisations and others concerned with sustainability and the planet. This network is currently in development.