“Cass Art is on a mission. A mission to fill every town with artists, underpinned by the company’s long-standing manifesto. Cass Art is committed to encouraging everyone to realise their creative talents by providing the world’s top quality materials at the guaranteed best prices.”
On Saturday Cass Art opened its latest store (its 12th in the UK) in a beautiful building on Corporation Street. There were pretty enormous queues snaking their way down the street as Artists, both professional and amateur, waited to check out the enormous range of art supplies at the guaranteed best prices, including famous names like Faber-Castell, Winsor and Newton, Daler Rowney and Fabriano. As someone who enjoys the odd dabble in an adult colouring book I went along to check out the store and its most desirable supplies.
It was nice to see that the store was bright and busy, with a regular influx of customers heading through the doors. There were also lots of really good offers on products, with many items having half price promotions. I asked if this was just for the day, or for the opening, but was assured that the promotions were store wide and happened on a regular basis due to Cass Art’s buying power.
The store really is a treasure trove, whether you are an artist, an art student, or even if you just like to dabble in a bit of drawing or colouring in. The idea behind the store is to bring art to the masses, and I think it really works well on this level, as the prices and variety of products means people will treat themselves to new pastels, crayons or paint brushes. In addition, a lovely children’s section will certainly tempt young artists, and will make this a great destination come Christmas for those special, thoughtful gifts.
Where the store really comes alive though is the painting section. I have honestly never seen so many paintbrushes, some so soft you could apply your make up with. And paints, paints of every kind, from acrylics to oils, to watercolours and Gouache. It is a mouthwatering array of materials.
Cass Art is a welcome addition to Birmingham and well worth a visit.
Cass Art 19 Corporation Street, Birmingham, B2 4LP