Anne-Marie Culhane

Anne-Marie Culhane
Anne-Marie Culhane

I create and design events, performances and long term projects that invite people into an active and enquiring relationship with each other and the land, working as artist, educator, activist and collaborator across a range of disciplines. Projects, commissions and residencies involve cross-sector working, and creating new spaces for dialogue, thinking and action to engage broad publics in key environmental and social issues and to catalyse systemic change. Projects tend to involve multiple creative and academic disciplines combined with local expertise, different ways to participate, a link to seasonal cycles and sometimes the creation of new, festivals and rituals.

Projects include: Abundance (co-created with Stephen Watts), winner of Observer Ethical Award Grassroots project, 2010; Eat Your Campus (2010 – ) at Loughborough University, winner Guardian University Awards Sustainable Project 2014; residencies for CCANW (Soil Cultures) and at Exeter University with Profesor Tim Lenton (Chair in Climate Change/Earth System Science) developing a two day curated public walk along the shifting Jurassic coastline of East Devon.

From 2013-2016 I collaborated with artist Ruth Levene and farmer Peter Lundgren in research and creation of a project funded by Arts Council of England called A Field of Wheat, which carved out a creative space for informed discussion, sharing and dissemination of different ways of thinking about arable farming, global markets, food systems and collective ownership. This journey took place with a collective of 40 people made up of members of the public, the food and finance industry, farmers, local residents, artists and academics who all invested in and farmed a 22 acre field of wheat.

In 2017 I co-designed FLOW, a 4km long river orchard in Exeter with residents of Exwick and St Thomas and and developed a new participatory performance (run) Running with Trees, which explores the relationship between trees, breath and climate change.

I am also a creative associate with Encounters Arts developing a national networked project Walking Forest in 2018-19.

When I need to stop I go walking or swimming, preferably in the sea!