Artist John McDonald is looking for participants from all walks of life to be part of a 3 month project THEMES OF LIFE. Regardless of whether you have creative experience or not you can join John in his creative exploration of the lives and social history in and around Andover cemetery, where our Chapel Arts Studio’s site is based.
In the first instance you are invited to register to attend regular sessions on Wednesday or Thursday between 11am and 3pm (starting Wed 12 February). During these sessions John will take participants on a journey, developing their confidence and skills, not just in visual art but potentially in sound recordings, creative written work and in researching social archives over the course of the residency. The work will result in a final exhibition open to the public.
Themes of Life is a CAS:AIR project funded by disability arts organisation Unlimited.
I tried to go to art classes 20 years ago, I was terrified.” says John “Growing up I was desperate for paint, I was lucky if people threw a crayon at me… and the paper was grey! When you visit me at The Chapel in the Andover Cemetery it’s not going to be an art class, it’s going to be a club where we support each other to make spectacular art rooted in local history and personal stories.”
To start with, John will be working with members of the public on Wednesday’s and Thursday’s between 11am and 3pm. Materials for painting and making will be supplied free of charge. No prior creative experience is necessary.
Booking is essential, as space is limited.
New Dates Available
Please contact us before 7 March to express your interest and arrange a visit
07.02.20 Launch Event: Introducing John McDonald, 5pm- 8pm
Tuesdays 4pm – 7pm: After School Art Club creating ‘Andover Young People’s Cathedral of Art’
11.04.20 Opening Night: Themes of Life Exhibition,
Get directions to CAS from www.chapelartsstudios.co.uk/contact
15.04.20 Community Activity Day – drop-in, all welcome
CAS:AIR is a repeating, annual, community programme focused on involving people in the arts. In everything we do CAS aims to inspire, challenge, engage, collaborate and include. Our programmes support and develop artists, provide creative education for young people, and bring art to local communities.
Unlimited is an arts commissioning programme that aims to embed work by disabled artists within the UK and international cultural sectors, reach new audiences and shift perceptions of disabled people. Unlimited has been delivered by the disability-led arts organisation Shape Arts and arts-producing organisation Artsadmin since 2013, and is funded from 2016-2020 by Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, British Council and Spirit of 2012. Since 2013 Unlimited has awarded nearly £4 million to 280 ambitious disabled artists and companies, which have been seen by or engaged with more than 1 million people.