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 an occasional programme of artist talks, screenings and workshops.
In May this year CAST launched Groundwork, a season of international contemporary art in special locations in Cornwall that runs until September 2018. With a focus on place and an emphasis on moving image, sound and performance, the programme presents new commissions made in Cornwall, together with existing works by internationally acclaimed artists.
The Groundwork programme includes Janet Cardiff’s mesmerising sound installation ‘Forty Part Motet’ at Richmond Chapel in Penzance. The piece is a reworking of English renaissance composer Thomas Tallis’s choral work, Spem in Alium Numquan Habui. An arrangement of forty speakers enables listeners to move around amongst a choir of forty individual voices and feel the sculptural construction of Tallis’ composition. Janet Cardiff’s exhibition continues until August Bank Holiday Monday, (27th August).
The Groundwork programme will also see an exhibition by artist Steve Rowell. His photographic project, Points of Presence, focuses on the history of 19th and 20th century transatlantic communication technologies. The title refers to the technical term for a physical access point to the Internet. Catch the exhibition at the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum until April 2019.
If you’re looking for creative activities for the kids during the summer holidays then head to the Groundwork HQ, in the historic CAST (Cornubian Arts & Science Trust) building in Helston. Throughout August CAST will host Lightbox, a festival of free activities and entertainment for families. There will be workshops every Tuesday from 31st July, where kids can make shadow puppets, miniature worlds and wind-up theatres inspired by objects in the Helston Museum and bring them to life in the light box animation studio at CAST.
On Saturday mornings there will be opportunities to explore light and shadow play spaces, dress up and pose for old-fashioned portrait photography sessions or have a go on the magical camera obscura portrait drawing machine. On Saturday afternoons watch children’s classic filmsand animations in the Lightbox cinema. Special events by The Story Republic will take place on Wednesday 15 and Wednesday 22 August, including storytelling and song for pre-school-age Little Story Seekers from 10am – 11am, and interactive sessions based on well-known fairy stories for 5 to 8 year-old Story Adventurers from 11.30am – 1.30pm.
The Groundwork programme at CAST continues throughout September with an exhibition of two film works by the celebrated artist, Andy Holden. In 'A Natural History of Nest Building' (2017) Andy collaborates with his father Peter Holden, a notable ornithologist, to describe the mechanics and idiosyncrasies of bird behaviour. 'The Opposite of Time' (2017) is narrated by an animated crow, voiced by Holden, who guides us through the social history of egg collecting, illegal in Great Britain since 1954. It’s a story of fixation and tenacity, with ‘eggers’ going to astonishing lengths to find their treasure. Both films were commissioned by Artangel, and you can see the films at CAST from 1 – 23 September.
Groundwork’s September programme will also see the opening of the exhibition ‘Where it is, there it is’ (1 – 30 September, Auction House). Initiated by artists Liam Jolly and Rosanna Martin, this project has grown directly out of the 2017 Cornwall Workshop, the fourth in the series of residential workshops organised by CAST and held at Kestle Barton. 'Where it is, there it is' will be the first exhibition in Liam’s new project space, an old auction room near the train station in Redruth. Participants in all the Cornwall Workshops held since 2011 are invited to contribute and each week a guest will respond to the material submitted.
On the 9th September, artist Naomi Frears will present ‘All Going Nowhere Together’. In a car park in Cornwall cars will gather. A unique and temporary FM radio station will broadcast new music by DJ Luke Vibert. These tracks, Vibert’s first made using just sound from Cornwall, will play through the sound system in each car. The cars (each one a tiny nightclub) will be directed to park in a choreographed sequence.
On Sunday 23rd September, head to where ancient woodland meets the sea, as Groundwork presents a very special live concert on Tremayne Quay. Conceived by artist Abigail Reynolds, the performance is timed to coincide with high tide at the autumn equinox, when the moon comes closest to earth. St Keverne Band will perform a composition that slowly focuses the mind toward the pull of the moon, the tides and the rotation of the earth, followed by traditional songs from their repertoire. Come by boat and be prepared to stay in your vessels throughout the performance
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.
You can find full details of the Groundwork programme by visiting www.groundwork.art
Groundwork is organised by CAST (Cornubian Arts & Science Trust), in partnership with Kestle Barton, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and Tate St Ives.