Ash Tree Stream is a one-year visual arts project led by artist James Aldridge, in partnership with Andover Trees United and CAS (Chapel Arts Studios) and five schools in the Andover area.This project, supported by funding from Arts Council England and CAS furthers the work of Andover Trees United and their ‘6 Flowers 6 Trees project’. Children and staff used visual arts processes outside of the classroom to learn about Ash trees and Ash dieback disease within the context of local cultural heritage and climate change. This comes at a time when an appreciation of the need for and value of trees within our communities is increasing in the face of climate and ecological breakdown.
The funding enabled James to develop a new body of work which included research into Ash trees and Ash Die-Back disease, as well as ways of working with schools/communities. Please join us for an exhibition of artwork and project documentation put together by artist and project leader James Aldridge, and CAS curator Susan Francis. The ‘Ash Tree Stream’ show will take place at CAS in St Mary’s Cemetery, central Andover from 3 – 14 November 2020, a stone’s throw from the town’s namesake. (Andover is thought to get its name from ‘‘on dubr’ meaning Ash Tree Stream.) CAS is also running online events to share the learnings from this project with the wider public, teachers, parents, artists, environmentalists and anyone interested in exploring art in environmental education.
Online Panel Discussion: Art in Environmental Education 4.30pm Wed 4 November (booking: www.tinyurl.com/eventbrite430 )
CAS Artist Interview 6pm Wed 11 November on @casartists