John McDonald selected for CAS:AIR Themes of Life residency, Chapel Arts Studios


Chapel Arts Studios (CAS) and key project partner Unlimited are proud to announce the second CAS:AIR project 'Themes of Life'. CAS:AIR is a repeating, annual, community programme based in Andover, North Hampshire, focused on involving local people in the arts.

On 7th February CAS will welcome Derby based artist John McDonald to Andover where he will be the Andover town artist-in-residence for three months. Based at the CAS project space, John will be working with various community groups to develop an artistic response to the unique surroundings of Andover Cemetery. Andover Cemetery is not only a space full of the history of the past, but is also a living public space, used by dog walkers, children passing through on their way home from school, young people chatting on park benches, and those homeless or down on their luck finding some peace and solace there. John aims to gather together voices from all of these sections of the community through creative means and present them back to us in an exhibition that captures the richness of this unique and protected public space.

CAS Director David Dixon says, “When we interviewed John, his passion and commitment shone through. There was an irresistible urgency and need in his application to simply work with people, to make contact and to share. With a residency programme entitled ‘Themes of Life’, intended to explore the social and biological context of our area, John should find his practice perfectly placed. We’re really excited!” - David Dixon, CAS Director

Visitors will be able to come see the work John has produced in dialogue with local communities by visiting CAS between 11 April and 2 May 2020 at the chapel in St Mary’s Cemetery.