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)

Tea Flora Tales Crypt (2)

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.


cas holmes FlorascriptFlorascript 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 Caring Hands (4)‘Note tins’ project with homeless and ‘at risk’ adult partnered by Caring Hands and Nucleus Arts

43 Hop-Kins 5 (6)Hop-Kins in hoppers hut at Kent Life (featured in Stitch Stories)

‘Handkerchiefs & Garden of Remembrance’ at the Garden Museum, Lambeth with Age UK Bromley and Greenwich. Photos:

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

Cas Holmes St Peters (4)Runneymede Revisited, Marking the Magna Carta,  St Peters Church, Oare.

traces-indian-journalAbove: 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.rlaw-hc-badge

60Butterflies by Meadows School for Community Curator

Installation, St Saviours, Jersey. Hautlieu School in partnership with the Harbour GalleryInstallation Hautlieu School in St Saviours, Jersey, Partnership with the Harbour Gallery

1319123327One day workshop, Creative books, teacher training, The Making at Middlesex University

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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