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.
Calling all local astronauts…
Artist Georgia Gendall is making a radio show about St Austell Bay and the Clay Country for Whitegold and would like to interview the people who use the landscape, and particularly people who notice the skies above it. The programme will be aired in September as part of our Whitegold celebration this year. If you are interested and would like to have a chat, please email Georgia Gendall email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
Brickfield 2020 Update
This year the Brickfield team are turning their attention to their connections with the history and heritage of brick making in clay country, learning as much as they can from local brick making legend John Osborne.
Pottery & People – Leach 100
This year is the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the pottery in St Ives by the most well known fathers of contemporary studio ceramics in the UK, Bernard Leach. As part of their celebrations our friends at the Leach Pottery are asking everyone, far and wide to share their love of ceramics.
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.
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.
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.
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
July 25, 2020 11:00 am 2:00 pm
We had a great line up of workshops planned for the summer to let people get involved, get clay under their fingernails and to learn from our amazing range of commissioned artists. As you might imagine these have been postponed in the immediate future thanks to the coronavirus epidemic but we are already hatching alternative plans so please watch this space…
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.
Paul Jackson has been commissioned by the Whitegold Project and the St Austell Townscape Heritage Initiative to create a set of new ceramic planters for the historic Market House.
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.