Campus Almanac - an Art Food and Ecology Project with Anne-Marie Culhane


Project Based on Art, Food and Ecology on Campus

Artist Anne-Marie Culhane is connecting food, ecology and art to create a series of participative activities, in a project which raises awareness of the seasons, climate change, wild food and fauna on Campus.

She will work in conjunction with staff and students, creating activities and carrying out research and exploring the potential of planting new edible fruit and nut trees on campus.  The project will also reach out to the local community with events which will welcome the public onto the Campus.

Anne Marie said, “I’m setting out to listen, to explore the campus over a calendar year through a year of observation, enhancing connections and crossing boundaries. I’ll be sharing my discoveries on site and on line in the Campus Almanac. I‘ll be organising participatory events and getting to know some of the human and other-than-human inhabitants and communities on campus.”

Anne-Marie draws inspiration from the cycles of nature and seasons; permaculture, environmental and ecological concerns or questions and listening and responding to people, landscapes and particular sites (urban or rural). She is motivated to work with others to reduce the harm we are inflicting on our planet; to increase understanding of our place in the family of things and to bring to life positive visions now and for the future.  Past projects include the award winning Abundance urban fruit harvesting project.

This project is inspired by a similar project she initiated and co-ordinates at Loughborough University called Fruit Routes/Eat Your Campus, which uses new edible landscaping as a way of engaging students, staff and the local community there in cross-disciplinary arts, horticultural and ecological performances, events, talks, walks and celebrations.  The project won the Guardian University Award 2014 for Sustainable Projects.

The University of Exeter project will have its own emphasis and focus defined by the site and its communities.  Partners in this project are Kaleider, who will be promoting the project in the city and CCANW, who are based on the Streatham Campus.

Head of Arts and Culture Services at the University, Dom Jinks said, “We are very excited about Anne-Marie working with the University of Exeter on her project Campus Almanac. This is a great example of an artist being commissioned by the University to work with a range of academic disciplines, student groups and a wider public to realise the amazing potential of the land and surroundings on our beautiful Streatham Campus.”

Keep up-to-date with Anne-Marie’s activities and discoveries on campus on the blog she has developed especially for the project:  - feel free to feed in your comments, ideas, responses and observations on campus.

You can also follow the project via twitter @campusalmanac