CAST Newsletter | July 2022
Starting 30 July, CAST launches its summer activities for families with CAST-Away sessions on the Lizard peninsula in addition to CAST-Off sessions in the walled garden at Penrose. Brickworks at CAST opens its doors for the first time. Language Lessons, an installation of two moving image works by Laure Prouvost, is on show in our black box space until the end of July.

14 June to 30 July 
Tuesday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm 
With late opening on Fridays and Saturdays, until 8pm
Free admission, all welcome

A looped presentation of two works DIT LEARN, (2017), 15 minutes 22 seconds and Re-dit-en-un-in-learning (2020) 13 minutes. 

What I like about words is that they are so questionable. I struggled as a child with very bad French and English. Each word can have so many meanings depending on where it is. Many times in my films I use the same image in different places and that change of context completely changes what it says. It’s the same with words. They are used constantly, but it’s nice if we can question them a bit.

Laure Prouvost in conversation with Jarrett Earnest, Brooklyn Rail

Language – in its broadest sense – permeates the work of Laure Prouvost. Known for her immersive and mixed-media installations that combine film and installation in humorous and idiosyncratic ways, Prouvost addresses miscommunication and ideas becoming lost in translation.

Film still, Laure Prouvost, DIT LEARN, 2017. HD video, dimensions variable, 15 minutes 22 seconds © Laure Prouvost; courtesy Lisson Gallery. 


Saturday 30 July to Wednesday 24 August
CAST-Off on Saturdays in the walled garden at Penrose
CAST-Away on Wednesdays at different locations on the Lizard
All welcome, just drop-in

This summer, for the first time, CAST is extending its programme of creative adventures out onto the Lizard peninsula. On Wednesdays from 3 to 24 August, the CAST team will be in different places around the Lizard for CAST-Away, a chance for the whole community to come together in these special places, with creative activities for the whole family. Our team will be joined by guest artists and musicians to inspire invention, movement and play.

Polurrian: 3 August, 10am - 4pm
Gweek: 10 August, 12 - 6pm 
Poltesco: 17 August, 10am - 4pm
Porthoustock: 24 August, 12 - 6pm 

Our CAST-Off programme of free artist-led creative activities also returns this summer, with sessions taking place on Saturdays from 30 July to 20 August in the walled garden at National Trust Penrose. CAST-Off sessions run from 10am to 12 noon and 2 to 4pm, with activities including pigment making, pinch pottery, wood construction, clay modelling, botanical exploration, cyanotype photography and nature-based printmaking.

The CAST website and CASTCornwall facebook page will be updated with more information soon. Our Learning Coordinator, artist Lucy Grant, has designed special activity maps for both CAST-Off and CAST-Away and these will be available to pick up from CAST Café from Tuesday 26 July.

We won’t be put off by a bit of drizzle and hope you won’t either, but check on the day in case of extreme weather or last-minute changes. 

CAST-Off and CAST-Away are made possible by the generous support of The National Lottery Community Fund, FEAST, the Garcia Family Foundation and Helston Town Council.

Image courtesy Lucy Grant. 

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July, 11am - 3pm
Free event, just drop-in

Brickworks is the new ceramics studio at CAST. Led by ceramicist and artist Rosanna Martin, it will provide access to top-quality equipment and expertise, with courses and one-off workshops as well as memberships and open access sessions for experienced makers.  

Join us to celebrate the new space and find out more. You can have a go at throwing a pot on the wheel or making a ‘kiln god’ to welcome the new kilns. If you wish to have your piece glazed and fired you can pay £5 and collect it at a later date. 

Brickworks has its own entrance on Penrose Road, up the hill from CAST's main entrance. For information on upcoming workshops visit the CAST website or contact:

Image: workshop at Brickworks Penryn, courtesy Rosanna Martin. 

Throughout June, Auction House in Redruth hosted ​Mark Leckey’s Music & Video Lab, a space for a group of 18 to 24 year-olds, selected from an open call, to explore video editing, music production and digital media. The project was led by Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Leckey and artist/musician Liam Jolly, supported by Stuart Blackmore. There were also sessions with guest musicians Gazelle Twin, Patten, Lee Gamble and The Worm.

The Lab provided opportunities to experiment with a range of specialist equipment and to develop new skills. Each participant produced a new piece of work, which was previewed at Auction House on Saturday 2 July. A compilation will be shown in the black box screening space at CAST from 5 August to 3 September

The project was made possible by National Lottery funding awarded to CAST by Arts Council England for a programme of talent development initiatives. 
CAST is collaborating with the Furry Youth Café to launch an exciting new project with young people in Helston.

Over the next five weeks artist Kate Turner and ceramicist Hannah Lawrence will lead drop-in sessions for young people at the Furry Youth Café on Meneage Street to produce collaborative art works. Using her signature pinch pottery techniques, Hannah Lawrence will work with the young people to design and create plates, bowls, cups, and dishes to be glazed and fired at CAST. The finished pieces will be used for a celebratory meal and will continue to be enjoyed by the young people at their youth café for future sessions and many supper clubs to come.

The Furry Youth Café is a club for young people in Helston and the surrounding areas, enabling young people to meet in a safe warm space and access a range of support and workshops. It is part of the Youth Cafés CIC and is facilitated by a team of youth workers from Young People Cornwall.

CAST's Saturday Club for 12 to 16 year-olds will resume in September. If you know someone who might like to join the club please contact for further information. 

Image: participants in Mark Leckey's Music and Video Lab at Auction House, Redruth, June 2022. Photo: Perran Tremewan.


CAST has developed a placement for an individual in the early stages of a freelance career in the arts. Intended to provide a foundational experience of working in arts administration and programming, the placement offers 48 days of paid experience, to be completed flexibly over the course of six months, based on an average of two days per week.

The role requires a mixture of home/remote work and assistance on-site. It will involve a mixture of administrative and practical tasks related to the smooth running of CAST and the delivery of our programmes. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in CAST and our public programmes, as well as engagement with the field of contemporary art more widely. They will have strong communication and organisational skills and a can-do attitude. For more information please download the full role description.

The placement is supported by Cultivator, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, HM Government, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 10 July.

Pintxos Feast Night
Friday 22 July, 7pm
£32.50 per person, booking essential

Following the popularity of the last Feast Night, My Favourite Way To Eat, CAST Café is following up with an evening of delicious small plates. This time the Feast Night takes its inspiration from Northern Spain, for a Basque-style pintxos theme. Pintxos (or pinchos) are traditional bar food, originating in San Sebastian on the Atlantic coast, consisting of carefully curated morsels, often held together by wooden skewers. Think tapas, but without the need for cutlery. 

CAST Café is now also open for regular dinner service on Saturday as well as Friday evenings, when, in true CAST Café fashion, they serve a mix of the best of local, seasonal Cornish produce alongside carefully selected imports from trusted suppliers.

Some of the most local produce comes directly from chef Awen's own small farm, including a recent abundance of juicy strawberries, which the Café team are currently fitting into the menu as much as possible.

To reserve a table during normal opening hours, Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm, or for dinner on Friday or Saturday evenings, please use the Café's new online booking service:
Earth Minus Environment | Kestle Barton | 25 June - 4 September
An exhibition bringing together three key works by prominent German artist and political activist Gustav Metzger, all relating to his unrealised proposal for the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 1992. 

Library at 41/42 | Gulval, near Penzance |  6 to 9 July, 10am - 2pm
The Library of Independent Exchange collection can be viewed in its entirety for the first time in Cornwall. Visitors can browse the collection and read at their leisure. Appointments are encouraged:

George Ellis & Colin Robins | Auction House | Opening 15 July, 2-6pm
An exhibition of Cornish vernacular photography studies, featuring portraits of local people taken at an interval of 50 years, with photographs taken by Ellis in the 1940s and by Robins in the 1990s. The exhibition continues until 23 July.

Falmouth Worm Charming Championships | Dracena Centre | 17 July, 2pm
Organised by artist Georgia Gendall, the afternoon of events will include worm-based art workshops, brass band, food and refreshments and the chance to win unique trophy artworks for the team that charm the most worms.

Falmouth International Arts Festival | 9-15 July 
A new arts festival with over 40 free and ticketed events taking place in and around Falmouth. The festival features theatre, music and dance.
Only Connect! | Falmouth University and Tate St Ives | 27 -29 July 
An international community symposium on the benefits of creative, intergenerational and inclusive practice and research. Tickets £20-£55.

Image: Gustav Metzger, Mobbile (1970/2022) installed at Kestle Barton. Photo: Sam Davies.

CAST (Cornubian Arts & Science Trust)
3 Penrose Road, Helston, Cornwall TR13 8TP
Registered Charity No. 1149763

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