Creating work with limited resources sometimes leads to an unexpected outcomes.
Cas Holmes trained in community arts working in areas of health, education and environmental arts practice. A former lecturer at Middlesex University (Community and Environmental Arts Practice), she continues to enjoy the challenge of working on site-specific projects. This work is discussed in ‘A Growing Concern, Environment, Community and Textiles on Textileartist. (Note: all current art and textile workshops including regular courses with West Dean College as well as creative holiday breaks are on her blog page)
Gypsy Maker 4, Places, Spaces, Traces
In the last few months Cas I have been working on a specially commissioned project Places, Spaces, Traces as part of Gypsy Maker 4 supported by the Romani Cultural and Arts Company and Arts Council, Wales. This project has led to the developing new works reflecting the notion of ‘Identity’ and ‘Place’ for exhibition in 20-21.
Tea, Flora Tales
Tea Flora Tales an international collaboration with artists and makers is displayed in the crypt at Rochester Cathedral as part of ‘Painting with Cloth’ with Rochester Art Gallery (supported by Medway Council) Embroiderers Guild UK . It toured for six years culminating with shows in 2018 at Nadelwelt Karlsruhe and the Knitting and Stitching Show. The changing installation explores our relationship to the landscape and habitat and the work of Plantlife. Current workshops and projects are on her blog.
Florascript part of exhibition Prescriptions artists books now in the collection of the Templeman Gallery, University of Kent. Artists working in a wide range of materials and bookbinding techniques bring together pieces reflecting ideas about cancer, chronic illness, disability, mental health, surgery, medicine and wellbeing, this exhibition reveals the communicative power of book art and its therapeutic potential.
‘Note tins’ project with homeless and ‘at risk’ adult partnered by Caring Hands and Nucleus Arts
Hop-Kins in hoppers hut at Kent Life (featured in Stitch Stories)
Garden Museum ‘Garden of Remembrance’
Nautical Threads with Dover Arts Development exploring Dover’s long nautical history and involved artists and schools across Dover District as well as members and organisations from the local community
Runneymede Revisited, Marking the Magna Carta, St Peters Church, Oare.
Traces, Rochester Cathedral
Above: Traces Installation (above top) in Rochester Cathedral supported by Arts Council England, Medway Arts Development and Rochester Cathedral. Indian Journal (above), as part of Traces was awarded a Highly Commended by Red Line Artworks.
Schools and Education
Butterflies by Meadows School for Community Curator
Installation Hautlieu School in St Saviours, Jersey, Partnership with the Harbour Gallery One day workshop.
Creative books, teacher training, The Making at Middlesex University
Outdoor Schools project with Broad Oak Nature Reserve
Outdoor schools workshop programme with Broad Oak Nature reserve Canterbury in partnership with Paul Goodrick. We were also selected as one of 100 artists projects supported nationally in ‘The Year of the Artist 2000’ to work as ‘Art for Alternative Spaces’ on a project called ‘Skinny Beach Huts in Thanet (below)
All community arts projects over the years would not have been possible without the support from Arts Council England, The Crafts Council, local council funding and public/private sponsors.
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