Artistic Director of Upstart Theatre, Tom Mansfield, and his team have been selected for our inaugural CAS:AIR community project commencing this September. They will connect Andover with ‘the bigger picture’ and give the whole of Andover an opportunity to experience a universe of hope and possibility.
Tom Mansfield’s successful application to become the first ‘Andover Town Artist-in-Residence’ will see him working with two community groups and our partner Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium to deliver an exciting space-themed project. Project partners include Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium, Andover Vision, Test Valley Borough Council and Andover Town Council.
Chair of Andover Vision, councillor Phil North, said:
Through this project we have the opportunity to bring together our community’s links with one another. I’m very pleased that Andover Vision has been able to play a big part in funding this project which is packed full of ambition. This year has celebrated the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and what better way than to pay homage by sending a space-craft into near space!”
Upstart Theatre will work with Andover Young Carers and the Picket Twenty Fillies (W.I.) to name, design and build a spacecraft, drawing on the advice of the team at Winchester Science Centre. The spacecraft will be launched to an altitude of at least 20km above the earth as part of a public ceremony in central Andover, creating a moment of joy, pride, hope and play for all.
Tom Mansfield said:
We’ll ask our participants – and the people of Andover – to fill the spacecraft with words and images representing who we are now, and our hopes for the future. As the spacecraft ascends into the stratosphere, these messages will be released, spreading them across southern England and beyond.”
N.B. This will NOT be a jet fuelled rocket, but a craft designed around a high-altitude weather balloon
Follow this project on social media: @CASartists #casAIRspace
This CAS:AIR project is made possible with the support of our partners..
CAS (Chapel Arts Studios) is a contemporary art organisation based in St Mary’s Cemetery, Andover. We strive to inspire, challenge, engage, collaborate and include as we support artists, provide creative education for young people, and bring art to local communities.