Each year a newly commissioned ‘Artist-In-Residence’ is to respond to the place, people and heritage of Andover in a way that gives our communities an outlet for creative expression. CAS Director David Dixon says:
By starting the CAS:AIR programme, our hope is that we can use it to make a significant and meaningful contribution to the town. Over the coming years CAS:AIR will give an inventive, diverse selection of artists the support they need to try something new in collaboration with the people, organisations, and groups of Andover.”
CAS:AIR is a repeating annual programme of artist residencies focused on involving local people in the arts. The Andover Artist-In-Residence will be based at CAS in St Mary’s Chapel Andover cemetery (pictured).
Two Artist-led Community Projects to look forward to…
With the recent appointment of Andover’s first ‘Artist-In-Residence’, CAS is proud to announce CAS:AIR has been launched. The first residency starts in September with a space themed project by Upstart Theatre (16 Sep – 7 Dec), followed by a ‘themes of life’ project in early 2020 which will be delivered in association with ‘The Beautiful Burial Grounds’ project.
Sponsored by Unlimited, the second residency is open to disabled artists in the South West and Midlands: The open call for artists to apply for the second residency is now open.
Working with local people, in the areas that matter to them
Following the original purpose of ‘Chapel Arts’ when it was founded – to house an artist who involves the community – each CAS:AIR project will focus on working with one or more local groups or locations. For example, Upstart Theatre will involving Andover Young Carers and the Picket Twenty Fillies.
The CAS:AIR program is dependant on sponsors and collaboration partners – who may choose to sponsor an artist for up to three months, or even sponsor multiple artists over the space of a year.
Chair of Andover Vision, councillor Phil North, said: “Through CAS:AIR 1.0 we have the opportunity to bring together our community’s links with one another, and do this by exploring the bigger picture. I’m very pleased that Andover Vision has been able to play a big part in funding the first CAS:AIR project which is packed full of ambition.”
Of 2.0 David Dixon says, “Our CAS:AIR partnership with Unlimited in 2020 will be an exciting step for CAS. It provides us with a fantastic and much needed platform to improve the visibility of disabled arts in the South West region, and help increase opportunities for disabled artists. Pretty much everyone needs support of some kind. I know from first-hand experience, as both a disabled artist and as the head of an organisation, that I wouldn’t be here without the generous and well-placed support of those who were there, just when I needed them. There is so much talent ‘out there’ and, thankfully, organisations like Unlimited have been around to champion it, bringing it closer to the forefront, and giving it the attention it deserves.”
If your organisation is interested in supporting our programme or sponsoring CAS:AIR 3.0 please visit www.chapelartsstudios.co.uk/how-to-support-us or contact CAS Curator Susan Francis.
We are also always on the look out for community groups and site-specific locations to benefit from a mid-long term presence of creativity, skill-transfer, community building and/or fun learning.
You can download the press release here – it includes a project timeline!