CAS is a socially-engaged, contemporary visual arts organisation which exists to support and develop artists, and deliver creative education in the North Hampshire region. Our intention is to maintain a sustainable organisation in which our artists and socially engaged art projects can thrive and benefit the community.
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.
Our artistic activity can be grouped into three core areas of development
For 10 years we have been partnering with schools to deliver artist-led education projects and events. Our flagship Education Project Residency puts graduate artists from Winchester School of Art in local primary or secondary schools.
We collaborate with community organisations and representatives to bring art to the community. We have run pop-up shops, site-specific public art exhibitions and workshops, and continue to offer artists and communities the hire of The Bus of Many Things.
We host public events supporting artists at any stage of their careers to develop skills and opportunities. We also run a peer-network of Associate Artists who contribute to our art-research and organisational development.
We have 3 core members of our management team (see below).
We also have 5 trustees, click here for more info.
Susan is a Belfast born artist who has developed and executed many multi partnership projects, working across communities from educational institutions to the WI, new housing developments, homeless shelters, museums, GP surgeries and many more. She is responsible for programming our artistic activities and commissioning artists to deliver activity in the community.
Maija Liepins is an Australian born artist with a background in design and project management as Creativity Guide at Pixink Ltd. Over the years she has worked with multiple organisations and individuals to develop their brands and digital strategies. She manages CAS’ marketing and engagement strategy and is responsible for supporting artists through our CAS Associate Artist program.
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David Dixon is an installation artist, education facilitator and project manager. He has run CAS since 2009 and sits on the North Hampshire Cultural Partnerchip (CEP) and Hampshire Culture Trust’s Cultural Strategy Group. He is responsible for delivering CAS objectives as a new Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. He also co-ordinates our well established Education program.
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Our Associate Artists are a peer network of independent practicing artists from diverse backgrounds, and a range of contemporary visual art practices. They contribute to our art-research, professional development activities, and organisational vision. The general health of our dynamic and ambitious organisation is thanks to our reciprocal relationship with our artists. Together, we grow.
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What we are not
- Despite our name we are NOT a group studio – well, sort of, we have some studio space but we are more conceptual studio, a network of like-minded yet individual artists who value the joy and challenge of working together.
- CAS are a NOT-for-profit – all of the income we receive is invested back into the wonderful projects we deliver that will impact education, health, research and many other good things.
- We are NOT inward looking – CAS is an outward looking organisation, wanting to connect lives, empower individuals and work together using great art to enrich and grow healthy communities.
- We are NOT static – CAS encourages and supports research through art, pushing forward into new territory, giving voice to contemporary culture and the way we live our lives.