The culmination of the CAS:AIR ‘Themes of Life’ project will be a show at Chapel Arts Studios (CAS) in St Mary’s cemetery from 27 September – 17 October 2020. CAS:AIR is a repeating, annual, community programme focused on involving Andover people in the arts. This year, the programme saw Scottish artist John McDonald lead a group of local artists, some participants taking their first steps creatively and others discovering talents that have lain dormant, to explore the social history of Andover cemetery and beyond. The exhibition is free to attend and will feature new work by McDonald and a broad range of subject matter and media by people of Andover. Closer to the time, visitors should go to www.chapelartsstudios.co.uk/events where we will communicate any necessary details around social distancing, booking may be required.
Susan Francis says:
As CAS curator and a freelance artist and project manager I have extensive experience of community focused projects such as this one. Personally, on this project I have observed immensely positive and transformative change in many of thepeople taking part, at a level which seems an irrefutable example of the health and well-being benefits ofsuch a project. This has been almost totally down to John, whose enthusiasm, ability to communicate and dedication to the people as much as the project, has made this the success it is.
This project has been made possible with funding from Unlimited, 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. The project was also inspired by support from ‘The Beautiful Burial Ground’, a national project by Caring for God’s Acre, celebrating the unique spaces of Britain’s cemeteries.