CAST Newsletter | January 2022
Our programme for the new year opens with two great Artist's Choice film selections: an Ealing Studios classic introduced by Jack Morrison from FEAST and a rare opportunity to see the outstanding documentary Hale County This Morning, This Evening, selected by filmmaker and Falmouth University lecturer Caroline Deeds.


Thursday 20 and Friday 21 January 
Admission £11.50, including CAST Café supper from 6pm
Booking essential

This Ealing Studios classic is a subversive and macabre slow-burn comedy, in which a cast of quirky characters undertake a bank heist. The band of thieves led by Professor Marcus (Alec Guinness) pose as a string quintet to rent a room from an elderly widow, Mrs Wilberforce, who, unbeknownst to them, has a habit of reporting suspicious behaviour to the police. The robbery is a success but the thieves, panicked by Mrs Wilberforce's eventual discovery of their crime, go on to double-cross one another, with disastrous results. 

The film has been selected by Jack Morrison, who will introduce it on both evenings. Jack was the first stage manager at the Globe Theatre, and has worked across Cornwall for Kneehigh, the Eden Project and The Works, but is now perhaps best known for his role supporting artists as project manager at Cornish funding body FEAST. 

For bookings please email or call 01326 569267 during open hours.  

Film still, The Ladykillers (1955), courtesy of Park Circus/STUDIOCANAL


As the new year begins, we should like to thank our two main funders for all that they enabled last year. Despite the difficulties caused by Covid, CAST achieved a very full programme of activity during 2021. In May we launched our ongoing weekly programme of artist-led Saturday art sessions for young people aged twelve to sixteen, in August we ran a second successful CAST-Off programme in the walled garden at Penrose, and in October primary schools returned to the CAST building for a series of colour workshops devised by CAST's learning specialist Lucy Grant and her colleague Kate Turner. All of these activities were supported by generous funding from the Garcia Family Foundation. 

In the autumn we learned that a Project Grant application to Arts Council England had been successful. This grant includes support for the Cornwall Workshop, to be led by Elizabeth Price in early March this year, and for a range of activities continuing and expanding CAST's work with artists and young people, including Artist's Choice screenings at CAST and Sapphire Sumpter's new dance initiative at the Epworth Hall.

In the next few weeks we shall we appointing a ceramicist to lead the development of the new ceramic studio at CAST and we look forward to collaborating on preparations for a new light procession to take place in Helston on 5 March. The light procession is organised by the Museum of Cornish Life and is supported by the Welcome Back Fund, funded by The European Regional Development Fund. The procession will be devised by artists Vicky Wilshire and Lucy Grant, who will lead free lantern-making sessions at CAST during February half-term.


Closing date for applications: midnight Sunday 16 January 2022.

The Cornwall Workshop is a weeklong intensive residential workshop for artists, curators and writers, organised by CAST and held at Kestle Barton on the Lizard peninsula. It provides a space for discussion, debate and the sharing of ideas and encourages critical feedback and collaboration. The sixth workshop will take place from 4 to 11 March 2022 and will be led by Elizabeth Price, winner of the 2012 Turner Prize. It will explore three ideas that are embedded in her work and in her practice as an artist: assembly, archive and place. 

For further information and details of how to apply please visit The Cornwall Workshop website.

Image courtesy Elizabeth Price. 



Friday 4 February 
Admission £11.50, including CAST Café supper from 6pm
Booking essential

An inspired and intimate portrait of a place and its people, Hale County This Morning, This Evening looks at the lives of Daniel Collins and Quincy Bryant, two young African American men from rural Hale County, Alabama, over the course of five years. Collins attends college in search of opportunity, while Bryant becomes a father to an energetic son.

Described by the film critic of the New York Times as 'pure cinematic poetry', the directorial debut of award-winning photographer and director RaMell Ross offers a refreshingly direct approach to documentary, in an open-ended form that privileges the patiently observed interstices of the protagonists’ lives. 

The film will be introduced by Caroline Deeds, a documentary filmmaker whose work is inspired by stories of marginalised voices and people who refuse to lose sight of their dreams. With a background in fine art, Caroline has also made films about artists including Turner Prize winners Jeremy Deller and Chris Ofili. She teaches in the Film and Television department at Falmouth University. 

For bookings please email or call 01326 569267 during open hours.  

Film still Hale County This Morning, This Evening, courtesy Cinema Guild

Friday 28 January, 7pm
£27.50 per person, booking essential

Falling a few days after Burns Night, the Veganuary feast night is an inventive and fully vegan take on celebratory Scottish fare. 

The Café will reopen from Tuesday 11 January, serving breakfast and lunch Tuesday to Saturday, with late opening on Friday evenings. 

For bookings please email or call 01326 569267 during open hours.  

Image courtesy William Arnold. 


18 January, 2.30 - 4.30pm
Presented by Arts and Culture, University of Exeter at CAST
Free admission, booking essential

Part of the University of Exeter's ongoing Arts and Culture programme, this event brings together three artists to consider the question 'what’s in an apple?'. Simon Pope, William Arnold and James Fergusson, all of whom have integrated apples into their creative practice in different ways, will share their particular responses to this question over coffee and apple cake. Professor Caitlin DeSilvey will chair their conversation about cider, scrumping and wild seedlings – opening up wider reflections on microbiopolitics, land tenure and genetic diversity (among other things).

This event is free, but booking is essential. Arrive from 2.30pm and collect free coffee and apple cake from CAST Café before the event starts at 3pm. 

A Cornish Wassail will take place later in the day at Exeter University's Penryn campus and can be booked using the same link. 

Image courtesy James Fergusson. 

Bodies in Space | MIRROR | Plymouth College of Art | Until 26 February 2022
An exhibition curated by Ben Borthwick, featuring works by Nicola Bealing, Flo Brooks, Andrea Büttner, Andrew Pierre Hart, Nick Jensen, Claudette Johnson, Joy Labinjo and Bruno Pacheco.

CAMP Membership Bursaries | Application deadline 14 January
There are 18 one year membership bursaries available for this member-led support & professional development network for artists, producers, curators and arts writers in Devon and Cornwall. 

Bodmin Gospels and Manumissions | Kresen Kernow | 20 January, 3pm
An online talk in which Dr Oliver Padel will discuss the entries within the Bodmin Gospels that record the freeing of enslaved people in medieval Cornwall. Booking essential.

Thanks for the Apples | Falmouth Art Gallery | Until 22nd January 2022
In spring 2019 Ben Sanderson and Naomi Frears invited eight fellow artists, Yemi Awosile, Katie Schwab, Daniel Sinsel, Kira Freije, Nicolas Deshayes, Caragh Thuring, Georgia Gendall and Marie Toseland, to join them in an exploration of Cornwall's museum collections. The artists have each made new works, which are shown with museum objects and artworks that inspired them. 

Image: Salt Licks by Georgia Gendall installed at Thanks for the Apples, Falmouth Art Gallery.
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