Contemporary Art Space Chester (CASC) is the operational name for a range of pop-up and permanent exhibition spaces in and around the University of Chester and the City of Chester. Radiating from Creative Campus Kingsway, CASC has hosted exhibitions from staff and students from across all programmes within the department and individual artist from across the country.
The Department of Art & Design, through CASC, are developing an active environment that is making a significant contribution to the students’ experience and to the cultural life of the city.
Although the title refers to Art, the agenda will not exclude design. The contemporary language of design has much in common with fine arts practice. There is a shift to authorial work with graphic designers initiating self-directed entrepreneurial work constructing communication on a wide range of issues without a commercial prompt. Similarly contemporary fine art practice exploits the language of design so there appears to be a convergence in concept and process between the disciplines. In many ways the photography programme at Chester exemplifies this convergence, it grew from the fine art provision and now as a joint honours programme it has students from both fine art and graphic design.
Within the department there is an interesting tension and balance, which creates an ideal environment for new exciting work to emerge. In this way I hope that the department through (CASC) will develop this active environment that will be a significant contribution to the students art school experience and to the cultural life of the city.