Soil culture at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Thelma Hulbert Gallery explores the secret world of soil in a new exhibition from February 27 to April 9 2016

Without soil there would be no life. Healthy soils are not only essential for the production of our food, timber and fibres, but are a vital part of our global eco-system, filtering our water and acting as a carbon sink to reduce the impact of climate change. That’s why the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW) commissioned 13 artists to explore the topic of soil for the United Nations International Year of Soils 2015.

The artists’ residencies took place in the South West and London, at organisations ranging from the Eden Project to Dartington Estate and Kew Gardens – and the resulting exhibition is now touring the country. It has already featured at leading venues such as the Eden Project in Cornwall and Hauser & Wirth in Somerset. This diverse exhibition brings to life the science behind soil, as well as celebrating its beauty.

Clive Adams from CCANW said:

I am delighted that our exhibition Soil Culture: Young Shoots is being shown on tour at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery, which is one of the most beautiful and friendly galleries in the South West. Across the region, our wider Soil Culture programme has explored the importance of our soils and the threats they now face and has been the UK's most significant contribution to the United Nations International Year of Soils 2015.  We are so very pleased that the gallery has become part of a new movement, which uses the arts to address some of the most pressing environmental issues of our time.

Angela Blackwell, curator/manager for Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG), said,

Based in Honiton, in the heart of rural East Devon, where soil is an important focus, THG is uniquely placed to host this insightful exhibition. The gallery will be engaging with the community during the exhibition in a wide ranging programme of workshops and activities to showcase their responses.

The second part of this exhibition, Soil Culture: Casting Seeds (April 16 to May 21) will feature the community response to Young Shoots,  alongside the work of the artists who led the workshops.

Soil Culture: Young Shoots (February 27 to April 9, 2016): CCANW touring residency exhibition exploring the importance of soil. Free admission, donations welcome. All donations support the Thelma Hulbert Gallery learning  programme.

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Elmfield House, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LXH. Telephone: 01404 45006. Email:  Open: 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Admission: free