Forest arts group faces £20,000 battle for survival

By Culture24 Staff | 19 February 2010
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An arts group which has attracted more than 120,000 visitors to dozens of exhibitions and education projects based in a forest needs to raise £20,000 in a month to survive.

The Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World has been told its Arts Council funding will be withdrawn if it does not match the annual grant by the middle of March.

A photo of children holding coloured eyes made of paper up to their eyes

The Centre runs education projects from a Project Space in the forest near Exeter

Run from project space in Haldon Forest Park in Devon, the centre has relied on the money to host a series of programmes highlighting global environmental issues through art, workshops, events and activities for schools and families during the past five years.

"There has never been a more important time to engage people with the pressing environmental challenges the world is facing today," argued CCANW Director Clive Adams, who said the group was "a flagship organisation" and "one of a kind in the UK".

A photo of a green forest full of tall thin trees

CCANW Director Clive Adams said the group was "one of a kind in the UK"

"Education through the arts touches people – creatively and emotionally – in ways that conventional methods of advocacy rarely do.

"We urgently ask anyone who feels passionate about the arts, education and ecology to support us. A surge in membership will send out a strong message to Arts Council England as well as our local councils."

Visit the Centre online, call 01392 or email the centre to become a member or support the appeal.

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