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. The challenge of working on site-specific and commissions continues to inform her practice. Workshops and projects, explore individual development of ideas in response to processes, techniques and themes. She has produced installations in a variety spaces from cathedrals to workplaces, military buildings to offices.Current news can be found on her blog.
Gypsy Maker 4, Places, Spaces, Traces
In 2020-21 I worked 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 2021.
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.
Trees as part of Common Land, Common Spaces installation at Farnham Pottery.. Also a video link here. Further installations in public spaces can be seen in the slideshow below.
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
‘Handkerchiefs & Garden of Remembrance’ at the Garden Museum, Lambeth with Age UK Bromley and Greenwich. Photos: http://www.johonephotography.com/
LV21 on board Light Vessel 21 and a report on Making Marks workshop Light Vessel 21. Medway, Kent
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, St Peters Church Oare, Magna Carta project
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
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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