Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World
"a culture is no better than its woods" W.H.Auden 1907-73
Clive Adams project director

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A Vision for Partnership: June 04

The Forestry Commission and the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World are pleased to announce that they are to explore the potential for an exciting new, long-term partnership in the Haldon Forest in Teignbridge, Devon. By 2010, it is hoped that this partnership will create an important new eco-building built in a way which will demonstrate the beauty, usefulness and sustainability of the very resource for which the Forest was created - Wood. In the short term, the Centre will soon be based in a redundant building close to Forest Enterprise's existing offices at Buller's Hill.

This new partnership has been arrived at as a result of consultancy funded by the South West of England Regional Development Agency which concluded that it would be impossible for the Centre to raise the capital funds necessary to regenerate historic Poltimore House in East Devon and advised on the need for a new location. The project director, Clive Adams and Defacto Consultants evaluated 21 options of locations in and around Devon before recommending a relocation to the Haldon Forest.

The Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World is an innovative arts-led educational charity which is focussed on exploring our changing relationship to Nature through the Arts. The core activities of the Centre will be exhibitions, projects, including live events both in galleries and in the landscape, supported by a study centre and studios. The integrated artistic and educational programme will span all forms of contemporary art including photography, architecture, design, new media and performance.

Leading the project is Clive Adams, a curator with over 30 years experience of organising successful, high-profile exhibitions. He is currently a consultant curator to The Lowry in Salford which recently won a Museums and Heritage Award for Excellence.

Forestry Commission forest district manager Chris Marrow (pictured right with Clive Adams) said: ' We are thrilled that Haldon Forest has been chosen as the preferred site for the new Centre. The area is already renowned for work being done there to conserve the region's natural heritage and foster a greater understanding of its importance. The CCANW project will give people an arts-based perspective of the natural world and add a whole new dimension to their understanding of what our woodlands are about and how precious they are.'

The Haldon Forest lies on a ridge just over 5 miles south-west of Exeter and covers an area of 1400 hectares mostly planted from 1920 onwards with coniferous woodland but encompassing areas of broadleaved trees, streams and dramatic views to Dartmoor, Exeter and Exmouth. Part of the forest is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest as it supports a exceptional range of birds of prey, a population of breeding nightjars and rich communities of butterflies. The forest can be accessed off the A38 Devon Expressway and A380.

Clive Adams (project director) and Jill Adams (administrator) initiated the project in 1995.

Clive Adams is a curator with a particular interest in the work of artists which engages with nature. He started his career at Arnolfini, Bristol in the Seventies, and his exhibitions have covered a period from C18th to the present day. The most recent are 'Love, Labour and Loss: 300 years of British Livestock Farming in Art' for Carlisle City Council and 'The Impossible View?' at The Lowry (winner of the Museums and Heritage Award for the best UK temporary exhibition of 2003).

Clive Adams, Project Director, CCANW
Knowle Farm Cottage, Knowle, Crediton, Devon EX17 5BX

T+F: 01363 84096 E: adams@ccanw.co.uk

The web site for Poltimore House Trust is: http://www.poltimore.org/

Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World Co.Ltd.
Registered in England 4141506. Charity no.1092019
Directors: Peter Young, chair, Philippa Warin, secretary, Phil Collins, Adrian Gale, Elizabeth Knowles, Jem Southam

Previous study stages of the project have been supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, English Heritage, East Devon District Council, Devon County Council, University of Plymouth, RSA Art for Architecture Award Scheme, Devon Wildlife Trust, Entrust, Prosper and South West of England Regional Development Agency

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