Artist Josie Purcell and Dr Grace Twiston-Davies, the ESI Research Associate on the 6000 flowers project.

The Creative Exchange Programme

The Creative Exchange Programme is a joint initiative with Falmouth University’s Research in Art, Nature and the Environment (RANE) research group.

The programme aims to facilitate collaboration between creative practitioners and ESI researchers who share an interest in issues of environment and sustainability.

Through this programme the ESI is seeking to develop the region’s creative industries, inspire research and stimulate opportunities for public engagement and collaborative learning.

We accept proposals for Creative Exchange collaborations on a rolling basis throughout the year; details can be found in the Call for submissions and the Application form. For more information, please contact Katie Bone or Joanie Willett.

Current collaborations

'6000 flowers' - an arts collaboration between Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB - Richard Hardy), the ESI (Dr Grace Twiston-Davies) and artist Jodie Purcell.

Josie is a photographer who is exploring alternative and historic photographic processes that avoid the toxic photographic related chemicals. In particular she has been exploring image making techniques that use a photosensitive emulsion made from the juice/pulp of plants, flowers and berries. She is taking inspiration from our “Farms for AONBees” project combining the ESIs bee research with Cornwall AONB using computer models to help make management decisions that enhance pollinators and food production across Cornwall. Her images will be displayed in the Creative Exchange from the 20th March 2017 through to the 12th May 2017. Postcards are available and also the opportunity to make your own print using these historic techniques - please do come and see the exhibition.

 Future collaborations

  • 'Working towards resilient local food systems in the Tamar valley' - Gloria Salmoral Portillo (ESI) & Tamar Grow Local CIC May - June 2017
  • 'White space/blue sky' - Caitlin DeSilvey (ESI), Wheal Martyn Museum, Future Terrains/Peter Whitbread-Abrutat July - August 2017
  • 'Bee Health: Interpretive Audio Immersion' - Lauren Holt (ESI) & Oak Matthias September - October 2017

Previous Collaborations


Natalia Eernstman, artist, researcher and project manager for Golden Tree, is collaborating with the ESI on various projects concerning coastal change, extreme weather and community resilience.

Goonhilly Village Green

Through the Goonhilly Village Green (GVG) project, artists Sara Bowler and Elizabeth Masterton will work with academics and students at the ESI who are conducting research on the Lizard Peninsula's Goonhilly Downs.

Soil Culture

Artist Marissa Lee Benedict was awarded a Soil Culture residency to work with researchers in the ESI in August 2014. The residency was delivered by the ESI in partnership with the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW).

Crafting Stability, Tipping Points and Chaos

Dr Markus Mueller and Samantha Gerlach’s collaborative project sought to translate those dynamic-behaviour mathematical models into crafted objects; these were creative interpretations of the concepts of stability, tipping points and chaos.

Foreign Soil

Jonathan Bennie, ESI Associate Research Fellow, collaborated with artist and writer Gabrielle Hoad to identify and exploit microclimates where edible dessert bananas might be grown outdoors in the South West.

All Washed Up

All Washed Up is a collaboration between Dr Matthew Witt, a lecturer in Natural Environment within the ESI, and Rame Peninsula Beach Care (RPBC), a beach cleaning group from South East Cornwall.  

Natural Alchemy

The Natural Alchemy project, a collaboration between Chris Bryan and Oliver Raymond-Barker, is an exploration into process.

Re-shaping Fashion Norms

This project, a collaboration between Clare Saunders, Sue Bamford and Irene Griffin, seeks to ask: how might fashion norms be re-shaped so as to reduce the environmental and social impacts of fashion?

Night Walks

The collaboration between Hannah Guy and Thomas Davies took place between May and December 2013 and stemmed from the ESI research project, ECOLIGHT, which investigates the aesthetic, environmental and human health impacts of artificial light pollution.