'This Special Commendation is awarded to Touchstones for their trans-disciplinary work in social engagement, including research on ecological thinking for sustaining cultures in balance with nature'. CIWEM/CCANW Nick Reeves AWEinspiring Award. 

Recent commissioners and sponsors

Alanus University * Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World * Centre for Future Thinking * Coventy University * Creative Partnerships * Crossfields Institute * Dolf Mootham * FutureCity * Guys and St Thomas' Hospital * Investec * Living Soil Forum * Maggie's * NIROX Foundation * Stellenbosch University * Sustainability Institute * Triangle Arts Trust* Triodos Bank * University of the Arts London

Current positions

Research Associates and Artists in Residence, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University, UK
Artist Research Associate, Sustainability Institute, Lynedoch, South Africa
Artist Research Associates, Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW)
Artist Research Associates, Centre for Future Thinking, Hawkwood, UK
Members of Post-graduate Teaching Faculty with Crossfields Institute International on the Masters Researching Holistic Approaches to Agroecology delivered in partnership with Alanus University

Recent awards and residencies

Equal Justice research residency at the Santa Fa Arts Institute residency 2018
Life of Water Artsists in Residence, Aldeburgh Lookout 2018
Artists in Residence, Centre for Future Thinking, Hawkwood, UK 2017 and 2018
Living Cultures research residency, Sustainability Institute, Lyndoche, South Africa 2016/2017
Returning to Source residency, Aerial Studios, Johannesburg 2016
PULSE residency, Stellenbosch University, 2016
CIWEM special commendation 2015
Blue Soil Shrine, CCANW Soil Culture Residency, Bristol, UK, 2015
Book of Nature research residency with FutureCity for Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, 2014
Soil Silica Soul Residency with Biodynamic Association, UK, 2014
Living Soil Shrine residency at the Living Soil Forum, Ytterjarna, Sweden, 2013
Life Collection residency at Main Street Life, Maboneng, 2012
Re-Birth residency at NIROX Foundation, Cradle of Humankind, South Africa 2012
Re-Naturing the City residency with the Bag Factory, Johannesburg 2012

Selection of recent exhibitions, events and performances

2018 Poetics of Ritual workshop with Crossfields International, Emerson College, UK
2017 Everything is Here installation as part of Ecovention Europe exhibition, Sittard, Belgium
2017 Taking the Pulse presentation and participatory installation at Leadership, Ethics and Working with Unknowing: an international conference, UWE Bristol, UK
2017 Agroecology Indaba at the Sustainability Institute, Lynedoch Valley, South Africa
2016 Living Cultures doctoral Research Residency with the Sustainability Institute, Lynedoch Valley, South Africa
2016 First Know Food doctoral research collaboration with the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (CST) and the Stockholm Institute, Stellenbosch University
2016 Artful Inquiry workshop lead by Miche Fabre Lewin for doctorate students in Organisational Change, Ashridge College, UK
2015 Presentation of Soil Saturday Film at Why Soil Matters International Conference, European Parliament, Brussels
2015 Presentation of participatory workshop at Landscaping Change, Bristol, UK
2015 Soil Saturdays, Co-curators with CCANW for UN International Year of the Soil, Bristol, UK
2015 Collaborative Design Laboratory, CAWR, Coventry University, UK
2014 In the Body of Food course programme with Masters in Narrative Leadership, Central St Martins College
2014 Seeds to Live By: food freedom beyond GM, convivial food happening, Hawkwood College, UK
2014 Tasting Knowleding participatory installation at Research in Early Childhood Education and Social Pedagogy, Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences, Germany
2013 Food Land and Healing course, Hawkwood College, UK
2013 Renaturing the City Forum for Inspiration, Garden Organic, UK
2013 Renaturing the City Forum for Inspiration, Platform London, UK
2012 Cooking, Culture and Conversations, Miche Fabre Lewin's TED Soweto talk
2012 Hands in Soil workshop and performancs with Kofifi Theatre Company and Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre, Sophiatown, South Africa
2012 Food of the Land Artist Residency, at Emergence Conference: Art & Sustainability, Centre for Alternative Technology, UK
2012 TasteGarden installation with the Biodynamic Association at Embercombe Centre, UK
2012 (dis)locations: (trans)formations exhibition at the Bag Factory, Johannesburg