Call for artists

CAS:AIR UnderEarth Mentee Artist

Test Val­ley Bor­ough Coun­cil in Part­ner­ship with CAS, wish to com­mis­sion an artist to join the CAS:AIR Under­Earth project as a mentee artist.

17:00 06/01/22
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This mentee artist will have the opportunity to work directly with the lead artist and develop their own skills in participatory and socially engaged arts practices.

For the CAS:AIR residency, the people of Andover will be turning their gaze from the sky to the ground beneath their feet. UnderEarth will be a digital
environmentally focused project, exploring what happens beneath the ground as we approach springtime.
Background to project
Partnering with environmental organisation Andover Trees United, pupils from Portway Junior and Vigo Junior schools will be learning about seeds as they emerge from dormancy,tree roots as they communicate under the ground and the importance of a vibrant insect ecology to the health and life of our soil.

In schools(and potentially in after school groups), creative coding techniques will be taught by the artist Katt Grover (, to help young people create their own immersive and interactive fantasy ecology, inspired by the information they have gained from environmental research. This will be available online for viewing but will also be
projected within the CAS space at an end of project exhibition.

● To introduce the ambition of inspirational and high-quality digital art to Andover
● To teach coding skills to children and young people
● To learn more about their land and what is happening beneath it.Therefore
encouraging children and young people to grow up appreciating the richness of their environment and the need to care for and nurture the natural habitat throughout their lives.
● For the mentee to develop skills and knowledge of delivering Artist in Resident programmes

● The artist team will work with young people in schools in Andover over 10 weeks between February and April 2022
● The lead and mentee artist will partner with environmental organisations
● A final digital immersive artwork will be created for an exhibition
● Mentee artist to be confident in creating socially engaged sessions and have skills and knowledge to engage school pupils and others in this practise

The recruitment will take place in January 2022 with the project starting from February and running until the end of April 2022.

Fee £3,000
This fee is based on an emerging artist and therefore is set at £200 per day. This is inclusive of project planning and time toward evaluations.

Who should apply
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop their practice to include digital media such as animation, augmented reality and interaction design. The position would suit an artist with an interest in exploring digital technology in their work. No previous digital experience is necessary, though the artist should be computer literate.

How to apply
Your submission should include:
● A statement of interest, identifying what potential learning you foresee from this mentee experience and what attracts you and your existing skill set and experience to the project
● Two referees who can be approached
● Examples of previous work
● Artists will be required to hold a DBS certificate and Public Liability Insurance.

Submissions will be shortlisted by a commissioning panel of TVBC and CAS staff, and
shortlisted artists will be invited to interview on 12th January.
This should be sent to: Lou Sutterby, Operations Manager, Chapel Arts Studios at

Interviews to be held: 12th
January 2022