A change in living and working habits has swept the world.
(Pictured): Visiting artist John McDonald got people in Andover back to painting during his CAS:AIR Artist Residency – the creativity of this community focused project continues into ‘lockdown’
Dear artists and supporters,
Artists working from home is nothing new for CAS Artists, but not being able to plan exhibitions and gatherings poses new questions. We are taking the corona-upheaval as an opportunity for reflection and an invitation to experiment with ways of staying connected, creative, and well-resourced. To bring you up to speed with what CAS has been up to since a lockdown was announced, here is a brief summary of our activity March – April;
CAS:AIR Artist Residency:
The group of 22 adults who bonded and painted at CAS in February are staying connected and sharing their progress in a Themes of Life Facebook group, and working toward a publication to showcase their work.
Building a community around a ‘Themes of Life’ art exhibition has been artist John McDonald’s vision from the start. John is back home in Derby and will return to Andover to deliver the final show.
#casAIRlife sponsored by Unlimited
Drawing Languages for Dissent:
The CAS Research and Drawing Group continues to meet monthly to discuss a text, and draw together. After an initial meeting in February, the group moved to online conferencing in March. You may like to visit their blog
CAS Associate Artists are enjoying the rare ability to convene on a weekly basis with the help of Zoom. Our online studio time is a chance to act like a group studio and discuss and share thoughts as we work.
‘An hour with the CAS artists on zoom has lifted me totally – I actually think that knowing I will see you all once a week may even be the key to seeing if there is anything else I want to develop practice wise.’ – Susan M.
Ash Tree Stream is an artist-led Education Project for 5 local primary schools. It has recently been adapted by artist James Aldridge to weather the pandemic. See ‘making some changes to the project’. The good news is you can get involved from home!
How to identify Ash Trees
James says, ‘In response to school closures we wanted to support people to get out (on their one walk or cycle ride a day) and start to identify Ash trees growing in their local area.’ Download your free guide to identifying ash trees
Start Making Art with Ash Trees
When we make art with Ash trees, we use our senses to learn about them as living
beings. We use our bodies to touch, look at and listen to their bodies. We notice their shape, colour and texture, whilst imagining what the tree might be feeling.
Art helps us to connect with the tree, to understand it and to learn about why trees are important. Download the free learning resource
Other online opportunities open to the wider art network are in the pipeline so keep watching our social media feed.
News for artists
Despite the challenges of lockdown, many arts organisations, galleries and museums have risen to the challenge with some fantastic online exhibitions, gallery tours, live interviews, live studio visits and wonderful opportunities to see places often beyond our geographical reach. Here are a few;
Let the Royal Academy take you to Monet’s Garden in Givenchy for a tour
Art Rabbit have a wonderfully endless list of links to online art here
Share yours with us on Twitter and Instagram by tagging @CASartists