Artist Nicola Henshaw took the Arts bus into the centre of Romsey on Saturday, to gather memories and seek stories relating to the railway line (including the Sprat and Winkle line), the Plaza, the canal and the water meadows. As part of her Abbotswood project Nicola welcomed Romsey residents of all ages onto the bus to tell us their tales - old and new.
Events start Wed 27th May to Sat 20th June
The team, at Chapel Arts Studios (CAS), are delighted to be launching a four week public art project lead by our CAS associates, supported by TVAF and funded by Arts Council England. It is our hope that residents and visitors to Andover will be inspired to consider alternative ways of trading; questioning the value we place on time and the worth of what we need or want.
Last year, a number of artists based at CAS were involved in the Encounters Arts pop-up shop, and it was always our hope to build on the success, participation and interest the shop had generated in the town, in discovering how art can help us develop and understand more about ourselves and the place we live. It is inspiring to know that many of us do enjoy the opportunity to think more deeply about our lives. This year’s pop-up shop challenges our use of money and through different art activities and events, encourages us to look at alternatives to paying for services, products, ideas and experiences. All the art activities and events programmed during May and June are free of charge, and open to the whole community to come, share and enjoy what’s on offer, so that we can all question how we view the ‘cost’ of an object or skill, if money didn’t exist.
The shop’s first event hosts an ‘Andover Zine Fair’ which looks at small publications and self-publishing led by artist Tom Mortimer. Zine’s are small press publications centred on self-expression, allowing individuals to trade ideas and viewpoints in hard copy. The Zine Fair brings members of the Alternative Press, a collective from London, to deliver screen printing and zine making workshops to the Bureau of Exchange. If you have a viewpoint or theory or poetry you’d love to capture and share, why not create a Zine publication? At the Zine Fair there will also be goods available from various creative corners that are not usually found in your local high street.
The Bureau of Exchange, located at 2b Union St, will be open Wednesday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm. Each week the Bureau of Exchange will host a new resident artist who will transform the shop and bring Andover something new. Each project runs for 3-4 days and will include a range of free activities for all ages.
Special events hosted inside the Bureau of Exchange shop include an opportunity to create artwork made from broken and discarded toys ‘Broken Toys and Happy Hearts’, a ‘Swap Shop Extravaganza’, a ‘Food Waste Café’, and an inspiring exhibition of artwork produced by pupils from Icknield Special Needs School in Andover. Other events planned to coincide with the Bureau of Exchange activities include ‘Andover Loves Me Back’ walk, a performance of nocturnal memories ‘Night Vision’, and finally a ‘March for Optimism’ in the town centre, in association with local schools.
To find out more, come and visit the shop or click the link below for activities and event listings. We look forward to sharing views and creative ideas with you, without the need to spend a penny for your thoughts!
Test Valley Arts Foundation, Aster Housing and Be Wiser have all come to together to facilitate the creation of a completely original piece of youth theatre entitled 'Andover Voices and Stories'. The aim of the project is to research the impact on Andover of the redevelopment that took place during the late 1960s and 1970s. The story will be told both from the point of view of Andover residents who felt the impact of the re development and the people who were rehoused into Andover mainly from London.
Leading the project will be John Baxter, who was Head of Performing Arts at Harrow Way School for over thirty years, Mark McGann, actor and director, who is a member of the McGann acting family and now heads his own production company, Drama Direct and local author Roy Chatfield, who will be creating the script.
The final piece will be a multimedia production, combining a range of live theatre performance styles and episodes that are filmed.
Performers will be young people of Andover drawn from local schools and the Long Overdue Theatre School. Workshop sessions will be held to get the young people enthused later in the autumn and early in the New Year.
The whole show is expected to be rehearsed during one intense week beginning 16th February 2015. There will be a warm up show held at Harrow Way School on 20th February followed by the official premier performance on 24th February at The Lights Theatre.
The group would like to hear from anyone who would like to share their feelings about how they were affected by the changes in Andover during this era.
If you have a story to tell there are going to be a number of ways in which you can contact the group. You can email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org, and the group are going to be hosting a number of drop in sessions in community centres around Aster Housing Homes during October.
IDENTITY was a sculpture/3D project with 2 groups of young people from Andover Education Centre. It ran from January - March 2014 and explored identity through the manipulation of common place items. In this case, CHAIRS.
Charlotte Slinger from Hampshire County Council initiated and organised the project.
David Dixon at Chapel Arts Studios devised and ran the project.
Sarah Gaiger was the splendid teacher from the Andover Education Centre that held it all together for us!