Chapel Arts Studios is a small collective of contemporary artists who are based in the grounds of St. Marys church, Andover. Chapel Arts Studios supports and encourages experimentation, practice and the exchange of ideas. The artists involved with the studios all share a common ground of flexible, process-based work. Chapel Arts is also committed to engagement with the wider community, and has begun to develop an exciting programme of workshops, education and events.
Chapel Arts is designed to help aspiring artists develop their careers. Another aim is to give this historic building in the grounds of St Mary’s Church a new lease of life that can be fully enjoyed by local residents and used to expand their cultural experiences.
Test Valley Arts Foundation has championed the idea of providing a dedicated arts studio and exhibition space for the benefit of individual artists and the wider community in Andover. Refurbishment of the building is now complete and Michael Widén, Arts Foundation development officer commented: “The transformation of this space which has not been in use for 50 years is spectacular.”
As part of our programme at Chapel Arts Studios we are introducing Artist In Residency schemes to support graduate and emerging artists. We want to create an environment whereby the creativity born of the studios has an opportunity to expand out into the wider social context. We aim to deliver artist-led projects in a variety of locations. The first target area has been education: schools and colleges. The second target area is the archival and museum based institution. Andover Iron Age Museum will be the location for this position. We will post more information over the coming months on this development.