Pete Ward : Soil Culture
Pete Ward of eARTh has conducted research into the history, geology and uses of locally sourced earth pigments. He has performed a number of workshops with White Moose, Beaford Arts, Appledore Arts and The Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon, to explore how the use of such media might initiate a deeper relationship with the environment. His ongoing environmental arts practice seeks to examine the intrinsic relationships human beings have with the resources of the animate earth.
Soil Culture is a major three year long arts and environment project coordinated by CCANW (Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World), that aims to use the arts to inspire a deeper public understanding of the importance of soil, a resource on which the whole of civilization depends, but one which is often taken for granted.
The project has been taking place from 2013 to 2016, including in 2015 the UN International Year of Soils giving artists access to residencies across the South West. These took place at art and environment organizations that include the Universities of Exeter, Falmouth and Plymouth; the Environment and Sustainability Institute, Penryn; Hauser and Wirth, Bruton; The Eden Project; Schumacher College, Dartington and White Moose. From May 2015 to September 2016, an exhibition of the work generated from the residencies will tour to the host locations and a number of other selected galleries. The project is supported by Arts Council England.