Forthcoming HVA Events

Cas Holmes

Bookings are now being taken for the presentation by Cas Holmes on Wednesday 27th February.  Also, do put Thursday 25th April in your diary, Caroline Lumb (our Programme Secretary) has arranged for Louis Thompson to speak at our lecture which will be held at The University of Hertfordshire ... further details to follow in the March issue.

‘Urban/Nature, using the found’, Speaker: CAS HOLMES

This presentation will look at her new body of work and discuss issues of sustainability and 'green practice'  and the relation to the environment as both inspiration and source material.  Although Cas is considered to be a textile artist, these issues transfer to all disciplines and are relevant to all HVA members.

Cas Holmes re-uses salvaged materials which include items as diverse as teabags, sweet wrappers, and old discarded textiles such tablecloths and handkerchiefs.

Her work is held in public collections including the Museum of Art and Design, New York, Arts Council England and The Edward James Foundation.

Collaboration with other artists and with the community is an important part of her work. This includes projects in the UK and abroad. Author of  'The Found Object in Textile Art,' Batsford publication 2010 (reprinted 2011) and currently working on her second book 'Connected Cloth' .

'Cas Holmes has a down-to-earth approach to life and her art takes her on flights of fancy, which evoke folk cultures, traditions and mythology with an abandon which ignores all barriers. Sometimes figurative, sometimes wholly abstract she has an unerring faith in her feeling for her materials. Confidence pours from her work and with it a power and sophistication that brings to it an almost religious sensation of ancient wisdom revisited. Her work is inevitably influenced by her visits to Japan and India but more as someone who would use that influence to reaffirm her own strengths. That is her originality. A sense of provocation displays her commitment to art as part of life and shows richly in her dedication to community projects into which she throws herself like an avenging demon.'
Ralph Steadman, Cartoonist & Illustrator,

Additional Information:

  • Trained in Fine Art at the University of Creative Arts, Kent.
  • Recipient of the Pride of Britain Award by the NRI Institute for her educational work in the UK and India. (2010)
  • Winston Churchill Fellow and Japan Foundation Fellow.

This is the first time we will be holding a speaker event at:

North Herts College
Centre for the Arts
Cambridge Road
Herts SG4 0JD

Date: Wednesday 27 February 2013 at 7pm

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