CAS is a research-led, contemporary arts organisation which exists to support and develop artists, and deliver arts education in the North Hampshire region. Our intention is to grow a sustainable organisation in which our artists and socially engaged art projects can thrive.
After 5 years of experimentation, we have developed a distinctive approach that prioritises partnership, collaboration, and sharing of resources and intelligence. Our main activities include developing our CAS network, and promoting creative enquiry through our flagship Education and Dissent programs. In everything we do, we endeavour to challenge, inspire, engage, collaborate and include.
CAS artists promote the value of art and creativity. We do so by delivering creative experiences in our local communities including schools, towns, and organisations. When working with the public we encourage active involvement in the creative process. The skills learned, and the new experiences gained by the public is often where the lasting impact is made.
Social research: Many of our artists are interested in exploring how we see and relate to social landscape that makes up the world around us. When we come together as a studio group we are characterised by our “creative questioning” aka Dissent methodology.
Social practice: Our artists are given allowed full autonomy space to pursue their own interests and research, however we tend to attract artists who are socially engaged. This means CAS artists tend to include some element of social enquiry or social engagement in the work they produce. Our artists drive the direction of our program, by maintaining an active art practice and active presence within the studio group.
Social service: The majority of our artists participate in some form of outreach activity, engaging with the world around them to deliver experiences, transfer skills, inspire creativity and facilitate co-creativity. Many of our artists have an interest in developing works that involve public engagement such as participatory public art, or arts education.
Our Creative Education Program is delivered through Artists Residencies, workshops, public art projects and our Art Bus, all of which can bring Arts Award courses and workshops to your organisation or community. Our most successful programs are our Arts and School partnerships. These are a tried and tested model of arts and education partnership which makes it easy for schools to work with external arts practitioners in support of their creative curriculum. We partner with Arts Work to award pupils with nationally recognised art qualifications, and work with the resources already available in schools to deliver bespoke 6 month programs for no cost. The artists residency is funded by a WSA bursary award. Read more…
Simply put ‘dissent’ means to think or act in ways that are at variance with what is considered the norm. Using creative dissent as a working methodology this programme explores arts unique capacity to challenge, question and offer alternative ways of seeing. Over a two year period of R&D we seek to examine the common ground between studio art practice and social output, and the question “how do artists interact and relate to the social realm?”. Using the Dissent program we will involve national and international partners in a dialogue about dissent – using events, exhibitions, and a variety of media. Read more…
CAS provides resources, advice, support and opportunities for professional artists post graduation and beyond. When you are a graduate you loose the infrastructure of support, resources, facilities, and advice. CAS bridges the gap between art school and life after education. CAS recognises the individuality of each artist and giving them the space to pursue their own interests and research. We are flexible and respond to the needs of each artist which allows for a greater diversity. By partnering with CAS, schools, organisations, and community groups gain access to a wealth of knowledge and experience. Meet the artists.