Archive of Author | Clive Adams

Clive Adams is the Founding director of the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW). His career has spanned over 40 years, starting at Arnolfini/Bristol where he curated some of the first exhibitions of land/environmental artists such as Richard Long, Jan Dibbets and David Nash, and he went on to develop the early career of Andy Goldsworthy. He launched CCANW in a Project Space in the Haldon Forest near Exeter in 2006.

Articles with Clive Adams

All aboard the Antarctic Biennale in Venice

The participants in the Antarctic Biennale international project have returned from their first art expedition to Antarctica. About 100 people from around the world – artists, architects, researchers, poets, writers, musicians and philosophers – set off on board a scientific research vessel, the Academic Sergei Vavilov, from the port of Ushuaia to the Antarctic Circle. During the artistic voyage, the participants traveled around 2,000 nautical miles (4,000 km), making over 12 landings on the shore of the Antarctic peninsula and on islands surrounding Earth’s most southerly continent. In total, on the continent’s territory, over 20 artistic projects were carried out, including performances, installations, exhibitions and sound-art experiments, as well as over 15 research sessions and philosophical discussions.

In this article, Clive Adams reviews their work and exhibition at the 2017 Venice Biennale. Clive is the founder director of the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, now based at Dartington in Devon. When working for Fabian Carlsson Gallery in London, he was involved in a project in which artist Andy Goldsworthy made the first sculpture at the North Pole in 1989

Life after ‘Soil Culture’

‘Soil Culture’ was a programme that the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW) delivered between 2013-16 which used the arts to inspire a deeper public understanding of the importance of soil, becoming the UK’s most substantial contribution to the UN International Year of Soils 2015.

Clive Adams is the founding director of the CCANW, a not-for-profit organisation which explores new understandings of our place within nature through the arts. Its aim is to use the arts to provide insights into today’s pressing environmental and social challenges.