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.
Feldspar Award Winner 2019
We are delighted to announce the Feldspar Award for the Whitegold International Ceramic Prize 2019 has been awarded to Tana West. The winning artists are currently working with Whitegold curator, Katie Bunnell to develop the fine detail of their proposals.
Announcing The Best Of The Best for 2019
Professor Neil Brownsword is the winner of Whitegold’s £10,000 Quartz Award and is currently working on a new artwork that will be on show at Whitegold Festival 2020. Neil aims to reconnect audiences to the physicality of raw materials, their geological origins and wider cultural contexts, together with systems of labour, tools and technologies that helped to define the success of these industrial regions.
British Ceramics Biennial
Find out how Whitegold are connecting with the British Ceramic Biennial through Clay Exchange and Brickfield.
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.
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.
Sandy Brown has been awarded the Kres commission to create a ceramic art installation which will be displayed in St Austell Town Centre.
2020 Hands on Workshops
Come and have a go and play with clay at this year’s festival! All workshops are free and open to all. Bring out your inner potter and have a go at throwing a pot on a wheel, adding your own hand built model to a large festival display or try out different decorating techniques. Full workshops will be published soon.
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 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
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.
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
Learning for all
Come and experience making workshops at this years Whitegold Festival held every year in St Austell town centre.
September 19, 2020 10:00 am 4:00 pm
2019 Whitegold Festival Photos
Matt Davis has been awarded the Tremen commission to create a ceramic art installation which will be displayed in St Austell Town Centre.
Jenny Beavan has been commissioned to create ceramic installations of clay country core samples which will be installed within the St Austell area.
David Mach has been awarded the Ope commission to create a ceramic art installation which will be displayed in St Austell Town Centre.
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.
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.