CAS Curator Susan Francis is pleased to invite you to enjoy the culmination of CAS:AIR Themes of Life from 26 September. A repeating, annual, community programme focused on involving Andover people in the arts, the CAS:AIR project this year saw Scottish artist John McDonald lead a group of local artists to explore the social history of Andover cemetery and beyond. Some participants have been taking their first steps creatively and others discovering talents that have lain dormant. The exhibition will feature new work by McDonald and a broad range of subject matter and media by participating artists.
(image: Badger Marsh, painted canvas, detail)
In February, Badger Marsh from Andover wrote, “I’ve loved seeing Emily Marsh pick up a paint brush and be inspired by you wonderful people. This might be a painful journey for her but she’s pushing the pain barrier and coming back out of her shell x you have no idea how happy this has made me x thank you all.”
(image): from left: Badger Marsh, Emily Marsh, John McDonald sitting inside a work-in-progress installation in February 2020
Meanwhile, as artists prepare to drop their finished work off at CAS for the show, the words of participant Rolf Smith ring true:
image: from left to right, Rolf Smith, John McDonald and Nigel Chiltern
examine Rolf’s work-in-progress
“My highlight has been watching everyone grow and overcome their demons… there is no such thing as can’t, only cant YET. We all absolutely can, perhaps it’s difficult but that’s the challenge and that is personal growth, embrace it… it’s not a competition and it’s not a race.. don’t compare work with others, your work is valid and unique because it comes through you .We got this 😊🙏”
This project has been made possible with funding from Unlimited — an arts commissioning programme that aims to embed work by disabled artists within the UK and international cultural sectors, reach new audiences and shift perceptions of disabled people. We’re also inspired by support from Caring for God’s Acre, a national project to celebrate the unique spaces of Britain’s cemeteries.
With gratitude, we hope you will join us in celebrating the achievements of a small band of people who have been exploring the stories of Andover and St Mary’s cemetery in particular.
Emily Marsh, February 2020, photo by Maija Liepins
image: Chapel Arts Studios (CAS) photographed by Annette Hobbs this spring
CAS:AIR Themes of Life presents
artwork from John McDonald and the people of Andover
26 September – 17 October
For further information contact Susan Francis
Please put the dates in your diary and as we get closer to the event, we will communicate any necessary details around social distancing prior to your visit.