About

The Whitegold Project

Whitegold is an initiative of the Austell Project set in the heart of Cornwall, in an area famous for China Clay production and renowned for its sub-tropical gardens. Find out more about the project and how we're working to bring a creative pride to St Austell and its hinterland.

Commissions

David Mach call for ceramic memories

Contribute your ceramic memories to David Mach new commission Earthly Delights - an historic ceramic art installation which will be displayed in St Austell Town Centre.

Commissions

Marion Brandis – become part of the art

Artist Marion Brandis is asking people living in St Austell to exercise their drawing talent to help create a new artwork for the town.

International Prize

Tana West – wants your views

Tana West, Feldspar Winner of the Whitegold International Ceramics Prize, is creating a circular panorama made with 15 ceramic panels that will depict St Austell’s clay country. Tana is asking people to send in their favourite images of St Austell, the surrounding landscape and villages as inspiration for her design.

International Prize

2020 Prize shortlist

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the Whitegold International Ceramics Prize 2020. The prize is open to artists and artist collectives from across the world including collaborations between artists, cooks, brewers and food producers.

Clay Exchange

Clay Exchange

Clay Exchange is an exploration of how china clay can connect us to other people and places, now and in the future. We want to not only exchange ideas amongst our own communities but also to connect to new people, new ideas and invigorate our creativity. We want to learn from the most exciting, interesting and cutting edge artists, designers and makers, bringing them to Cornwall from around the world to exchange knowledge and culture.

Clay Exchange

Lost Clay and Chimney Stacks

Brickfield is an experimental community brickworks in a disused china clay pit on the outskirts of St Austell. It involves participants in walking the land, experiencing the extra-ordinary terrain formed by the china clay extraction, and hand making bricks in simple wooden frames using a clay mixed from industry by products. In the first instalments of her blog lead artist, Rosanna Martin tells us about her longterm relationship with lost clay and chimney stacks.

Commissions

Bringing a creative spirit to St Austell town centre

The ceramic commissions project will bring public engagement to visually deprived areas of the town to build pride and confidence in our built environment.

Commissions

Studio HOT.mess

Studio Hotmess are two young designers/architects, Charlotte Moore from Cornwall and Maria Saeki from Japan. They have been briefed to respond to the frontage of Number 1 Fore St in St Austell.

Brickfield

Brickfield Fieldtrip

Join us for our first Brickfield walk and re-discover the clay country landscape! Dates to be confirmed for June.

Starting from Blackpool Pit, Trewoon, St Austell
Brickfield

Brickfield Hey Clay!

Join in with our Hey Clay challenge to make 200 bricks in 2 days! Dates to be confirmed for June.

Blackpool Pit, Trewoon, St Austell
Commissions

Marion Brandis free workshop – become part of the art

You can help make a new artwork for St Austell - Treudhow - with artist Marion Brandis at this drop in workshop at Wheal Martyn Clayworks. Create china clay tiles for the sculpture. Suitable to different levels of ability, and ages 5 - 99, making leaf tiles, either plain or decorated more complex elements. Dates to be confirmed for June.

Wheal Martyn
Commissions

Sandy Brown free workshop

Join famous ceramicist Sandy Brown who has been commissioned by Whitegold to make a significant artwork for St Austell. She will be sharing her skills and unique enthusiasm for all things clay as she develops ideas for a public art work. Suitable for all ages from 5 -99 and all abilities. Dates to be confirmed for June.

Unit K, South Sq, White River Place, PL25 5AZ
Whitegold Festival

Learning for all

Come and experience making workshops at this years Whitegold Festival held every year in St Austell town centre.

Whitegold Festival
September 19, 2020 10:00 am 4:00 pm
Commissions

Matt Davis

Matt Davis has been awarded the Tremen commission to create a ceramic art installation which will be displayed in St Austell Town Centre.

Commissions

Jenny Beavan

Jenny Beavan has been commissioned to create ceramic installations of clay country core samples which will be installed within the St Austell area.

Commissions

David Mach call for ceramic memories

Contribute your ceramic memories to David Mach new commission Earthly Delights - an historic ceramic art installation which will be displayed in St Austell Town Centre.

Commissions

Cornish Honey Bee

One of the first public art commissions for St Austell will be the Cornish Honey Bee Tile mural which has been hand made by local residents of St Austell, artists, makers and HRH Prince Charles.

Commissions

Susan Elliott

Susan Elliott is a Hastings based artist working with mosaic materials. Susan has been commissioned to create a ceramic mosaic sculpture which will be displayed in the town centre of St Austell.