Spotlight on soil in new exhibition

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 February 2016

The Thelma Hulbert Gallery

The Thelma Hulbert Gallery

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The secret world of soil will be uncovered at Honiton-based Thelma Hulbert Gallery’s newest exhibition.

The Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW) commissioned 13 artists to explore soil for the United Nations International Year of Soils 2015.

The artists’ residencies took place in the South West and London, and at organisations ranging from the Eden Project to Dartington Estate and Kew Gardens.

The resulting exhibition, called Soil Culture: Young Shoots, is now touring the country and has already featured at leading venues such as Hauser and Wirth, in Somerset. The exhibition brings to life the science behind soil, as well as celebrating its beauty.

Soil Culture: Young Shoots will be showcased at THG from Saturday, February 27, to Saturday, April 9.

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 - 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.”

Admission to the exhibition is free, but donations are welcome to help support THG’s learning programme.

Angela Blackwell, THG curator, 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. THG 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 (showing from Saturday, April 16, to Saturday, May 21), will feature the community response to Young Shoots, alongside the work of the artists who led the workshops.

For more information about the upcoming exhibition, call the team at THG on 01404 45006 or pop in to the gallery, in Dowell Street.


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