CAST (Cornubian Arts & Science Trust)
Based in Helston in the former School of Science and Art given to the town by the philanthropist John Passmore Edwards in 1897, CAST is home to artist studios and CAST Café, and runs a programme of artist talks, screenings and workshops.
In May 2018, CAST launched Groundwork, a season of international contemporary art in special locations in Cornwall that ran until September 2018. With a focus on place and an emphasis on moving image, sound and performance, the programme presented new commissions made in Cornwall, together with existing works by internationally acclaimed artists, including Steve McQueen, Tacita Dean and Francis Alÿs.
Coming up at CAST:
On Thursday 4 April at 7pm, CAST Film Club will be screening a selection of films by the Scottish artist, Margaret Tait. 'Where I am is Here: Margaret Tait 100' is a touring programme that marks the centenary of Tait’s birth. The films have been selected from over thirty short experimental films produced during her lifetime and form part of the body of work Tait referred to as her ‘film poems’. Free admission, all welcome.
On Saturday 20 April, CAST is hosting a free Spring Folk Mask-Making Workshop for families. Artist Lucy Grant of Heads & Hands will lead the workshop where children are invited to explore both local and world folk traditions which have celebrated the beginning of spring throughout the ages. Children can recreate or imagine their very own tribute to the return of Summer! All materials are provided but donations towards these costs are always welcome. Children should be accompanied by an adult.
The acclaimed artist, Sonia Boyce (MBE, RA) will visit CAST on Thursday 25 April to introduce CAST's Artist's Choice screening of the 1948 film, Passport to Pimlico. In this classic British comedy, a group of London residents discover an underground treasure trove and declare a state of independence in the heart of London.
On Friday 26 April, the bestselling author Patrick Gale will visit CAST to give a reading from his new novel, Take Nothing With You. The reading will be followed by a Q&A. Word Nights is a series of occasional literary evenings programmed by Colin Midson, Creative Director of Port Eliot Festival.
More information about these upcoming events will be available on the CAST website and via CAST e-newsletters.
If you’re visiting CAST then make sure to pop into CAST Café, recently reopened after extensive refurbishment to the building. The Café is already receiving rave reviews, serving up a menu of simple and scrumptious dishes inspired by the flavours of local produce and Mediterranean cuisine. The café is licenced and open six days a week, including three evenings.