Soil Culture: Dig it

Peninsula Arts Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building

Rob Parkinson, R.Parkinson@plymouth.ac.uk; Sally Lai, s.lai@ccanw.co.uk Clive Adams, adams@ccanw.co.uk

Monday 13 April 2015 – Saturday 30 May 2015
Opening Hours: 11 - 4pm Sat, 10 - 5pm Mon-Fri

Soil – earth – muck – dirt – from agriculture to architecture, soil is essential to life on earth and continued human survival and development.

Grappling with this essential substance, the Peninsula Arts Gallery transforms itself into a soil–laboratory using the Arts to inspire a deeper public understanding of the importance of soil - a resource on which the whole of civilization depends but many take for granted.

Art and Science come together as the gallery hosts an international artist in residence, Lisa Hirmer, linked to the latest research by Plymouth’s Faculty of Science and Environment on the important role of peat in the ecosystem.

Alongside the live production of new work in the gallery, we present the beautiful and thought provoking work of artist Emma Saffy Wilson whose dirt paintings and sculptures question how language is often used to convey the usefulness of soil and earth.

For further details and times of activities please see the Peninsula Arts website.

Soil Culture has been developed with the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World in collaboration with Falmouth University. It is a contribution to the UN International Year of Soils 2015 and is supported by Arts Council England.

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