Join us at CAS on 7th February 2020
to welcome Derby based artist John McDonald to Andover.
He will be the Andover Town Artist In Residence for three months to develop and deliver the CAS:AIR Themes of Life project.
Based at the CAS project space, John will work with various community groups to develop an artistic response to the unique surroundings of Andover Cemetery.
John says, “My aim for the CAS:AIR residency is to introduce a period of creative and multi-disciplinary research into the cycles of life that interconnect in the place that is Chapel Arts and Andover Cemetery, in order to create a new kind of painting: that is a story, a map, multiple portraits, time-travel, a community scene, a portrayal of nature and human life. The importance of this for my own practice is the opportunity to produce work which inter-fuses both my love for the natural world and my love of narrative, and need to both portray and question the human condition.” (Source: Unlimited, Art, the social map, an interview with John McDonald)
CAS wanted to offer the second residency in the CAS:AIR series to a disabled artist which has been achieved in partnership with disability arts charity ‘Unlimited’. During his interview, deaf artist John McDonald impressed our selection panel with his large scale, technically driven work as well as his passion for connection.
Jo Verrent from Unlimited says, “John has committed to dive deep into both the graveyard and the communities that surround CAS and connect to a wide range of people, breaking down the barriers than so often divide them.”
07.02.20 Launch Event: Introducing John McDonald – visit between 5pm and 8pm
11.04.20 Opening Night: Themes of Life Exhibition
15.04.20 Community Activity Day – drop-in, all welcome
You will be able to come see the work produced by visiting John’s Themes of Life exhibition at the chapel in St Mary’s Cemetery between 11 April and 2 May 2020. CAS is also offering one of their popular drop-in activity days on Wednesday 15 April as part of the CAS:AIR Themes of Life project – people of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend.