Gypsy Maker 4 art exhibition: Cas Holmes ‘Places, Spaces, Traces’
The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is proud to announce two new exhibition of works by the artist Cas Holmes. This exciting installation of specially commissioned artworks is the latest in our ground-breaking Gypsy Maker project—an initiative that supports the development of innovative works by established and emerging Gypsy, Roma and Traveller artists. The Gypsy Maker project expands the work of the RCAC by continuing to engage GRT communities with the wider public in ongoing dialogue about the ways in which art continues to inform the lives of individuals and communities today.
Cas Holmes trained in fine art and currently works with textiles and mixed media. She is the author of several books for Batsford Publications including Stitch Stories (2015) and Textile Landscape: Painting with Cloth (2018). As part of her practice Holmes works on community collaborations developing a range of projects based on environmental themes from the natural and observed world. The transient nature of Holmes’ work and process underpins her compulsion to engage with our built and natural landscapes—with people and place. The overlooked details of daily life which reveal commonalities across communities continue to inform her particular take on the world.
“The opportunity to work with and be mentored by the Gypsy Maker 4 project allows me to pause to reflect on my identity and mixed heritage. With migration, changes in our working lives and increasing opportunities to travel, certainties about who we are and our place in the world is in flux.” Cas Holmes
“The new Romani Cultural & Arts Company exhibition is an opportunity for people across the city to enjoy these commissioned artworks by two artists from the Gypsy Roma Traveller community and engage with the brilliant ongoing work being undertaken by the RCAC across South East Wales. Da iawn, pawb!” John Griffiths Assembly Member for Newport East/ Aelod y Cynulliad dros Ddwyrain Casnewydd.
“We are excited at hosting The Romani Cultural and Arts Company’s Gypsy Maker 4 exhibitions at The Riverfront and the prospect of engaging further with our local and regional audiences as well as showcasing the innovative work of both Cas Holmes and Dan Turner.” Alan Dear, Riverfront Theatre & Arts Centre.
“It’s great that the Rhondda is going to host this exhibition of art. I’m pleased to be able to support the Gypsy Maker project and I hope that many local people turn out to see it.” Rhondda AM Leanne Wood.
“I am very excited that the work by Cas Holmes and Dan Turner will be exhibited in the Rug Art Gallery in Queen St in the centre of Cardiff in March and April next year. Many thanks to The Romani Cultural & Arts Company for organising it.” Jenny Rathbone, Aelod Cynulliad/Assembly Member “Here at RUG we are very pleased to exhibit new artworks by Cas Holmes and Dan Turner as part of the Gypsy Maker 4 project. We look forward to expanding the reach of the works and our gallery through this collaboration with The Romani Cultural & Arts Company in 2020.” John Abell, Director, RUG.
“We at Art in the Attic, The Robert Maskrey Gallery, are very pleased to be curating such a prestigious exhibition as Gypsy Maker 4, here in the Rhondda Valleys. We look forward to engaging with the artists and a successful cultural event.‟ Anne Culverhouse Evans, Valleys Kids, The Factory.
The Romani Cultural & Arts Company invites you along to see the works at the opening nights of these new exhibitions by Cas Holmes on the evenings of Friday 14th February at The Riverfront, and on the evening of the 20th March at the RUG Arts Centre.
(Main picture: Detail of work in progress © Cas Holmes 2019)