free exhibition

 Resilient local food systems in the Tamar Valley

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free entry

The Creative Space, Environment and Sustainability Institute - University of Exeter, Penryn Campus

25th September - 26th October 2017 from 9am to 5pm weekdays

An art exhibition about the functioning of local food systems: the links between soil health, water and food production

This exhibition looks at how local food systems function and highlights linkages between soil health, water and food production. It will present, in an innovative way, the role that sustainable local food systems play in the creation of resilient livelihoods and communities.

Rosie Fierek’s artwork is inspired by the work that Tamar Grow Local undertakes in the area - stimulating and incentivising local food production and consumption - and research by ESI researchers Gloria Salmoral and Xiaoyu Yan on water-energy-food nexus in the EPSRC funded WEFWEBs project.

Rosie Fierek says, "The whole artwork has been designed to be seen in the round, is built of ceramics and wood, and contains figurative, abstract and surreal elements. It serves as a visual metaphor for how Tamar Grow Local supports the growth and consumption of local food, and hence healthy and sustainable links with the natural environment. There is a kind of cycle represented by a ‘giant pea pod and stem’ which, tapping into water, grows over a large piece of wood (actually dredged from the Tamar). The 'pea' symbol, of course, implies that these seeds can be re-sown to propagate further activity and perpetuate the cycle. Illustrations in the ceramic pea structure show many aspects of local growing culture".

This project is part of the ESI Creative Exchange program which aims to facilitate collaboration between creative practitioners, researchers and local organisations who share an interest in issues of environment and sustainability.

The exhibition runs from 25 September to 26 October 2017 and is open from 9am - 5pm on weekdays. Entry is free.