Read how you can join in and share your memories and experiences for our 10 year anniversary. Chapel Arts Studios (CAS) has always been more than four walls in which to do artistic things. As we look to CAS past, present and future, it’s our relationships that are the most important.
We want to include you, because relationships define our success
Chapel Arts Studios… bit misleading isn’t it? You might think we run artists studios but in truth there is only room for 3 full time artists inside the chapel which has been our base of operations the last 10 years. The name is a nod to our history, but we prefer to refer to ourselves as CAS wherever possible these days.
The Chapel in the heart of St Mary’s cemetery was refurbished by Test Valley Arts Foundation in 2001 for “art in the community”. It gives CAS roots in a very specific location with its own challenges and opportunities.
When we welcomed Associate Artists on board it became apparent that our studio is not a building, but a conceptual space.
So the studio is our shared thinking space when we come together. If a studio is a place of work, our relationships are our work. We each hold for one another and create in our relationships a space where ideas can be developed and work produced.
But Associate Artists are only part of CAS’ story of artistic activity.
As a community-focused arts organisation CAS has always contributed to local communities by going to them and bringing art to their home environments.
For example, David Dixon established an Education Project Residency which places new graduates from Winchester School of Art in local primary schools for 3-6 months to deliver specifically tailored art projects to further the students and the schools’ creative education. And a year after the Associates group was formed our artists put a collective application forward to Arts Council England for The Bureau of Exchange, a pop-up art project in an empty shop that explored non-monetary exchange as a community engagement tool through the residencies of 4 lead artists. In partnership with Test Valley Arts Foundation we continue to offer the Arts Bus as a mobile and increasingly adaptable vehicle for bringing artistic activities and events direct to sites in your communities. (Bus driver volunteers and artists or community groups who want to rent the bus are welcome to get in touch).
All this to say, our relationships are really important.
We know we owe our successes to the artists, partners, organisations, and supporters who have contributed their time and expertise, and helped us to evolve and grow our impact year on year.
As part of our commitment to support artists we spend a lot of time promoting our Associates and drawing upon their skills and insights to extend our support. But as we turn our attention to celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary, and as we contemplate what it means to celebrate with our friends and showcase CAS past, present and future, it seems important to include the voices and stories of everyone who has experienced CAS. Especially (but not only) those with memories of how far we’ve come.
You are hereby invited to an informal gathering at 6pm on February 7th.
It will be an online event so we can involve people from near and far.
Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
or keep an eye on our Newsletter or Facebook for ‘CAS Memories and Stories’.