The Whitegold Project https://whitegold.org.uk Clay, Art & People Making Places Tue, 29 Oct 2019 10:19:51 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Public art commissions announced https://whitegold.org.uk/public-art-commissions-announced/ Tue, 29 Oct 2019 10:19:51 +0000 https://whitegold.org.uk/?p=2830 The Whitegold Project wishes to commission three artists to create art in public spaces for St Austell that inspires, challenges and reflect on this unique place. Off the main tourist trail, St Austell in Cornwall is an industrial town moulded from the china clay beneath its feet and which is now looking to creatively reshape its future. The project has the people of St Austell at its heart and is a St Austell Community Interest Company not-for-profit project in partnership with local business, local authorities and cultural organisations.

  • Tremen – a small covered passageway called Grants Walk: Budget £20,000
  • Ope – Chandos Place, an alley in the heart of the town: Budget £30,000
  • Treudhow – a focal point on the western end of Fore St: Budget £15,000

Closing date for expressions of interest: 21st of November 2019. For full briefs and how to apply go to: www.whitegold.org.uk/commissions

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The 2019 Whitegold Festival programme is announced! https://whitegold.org.uk/the-whitegold-festival-programme-announced/ Sat, 14 Sep 2019 07:08:37 +0000 https://whitegold.org.uk/?p=2679 Its only a week away and we are so excited about how the festival is shaping up thanks to all the hard work behind the scenes from the Whitegold team!

It feels like we are taking over the whole of St Austell town as every inch of space in Aylmer Square, White River Place, Fore Street, The St Austell Market House and Biddicks Court is going to be crammed full of goodies and treats for anyone that can make it into town that day!

From local ceramicists and craft makers showing us their wares, to demonstrations and workshops catering for all ages, (including what promises to be a spectacular Raku firing), we have free activities galore…

Speaking of catering, some of the local cafes and food outlets are offering special Whitegold offers for the day (pick up money off vouchers from our information stands) we also have a team from the Cornwall Food Foundation cooking up some treats in the clay oven, and for your further delight we have live entertainment from some of Cornwall’s finest singer songwriters and local school children singing clay songs, and the St Austell Youth Band AND the Champagne Cornish Chorus! Phew!

As if THAT isn’t enough SpinDrift Dance Collective will be bringing a Flock of dancers to dance across the site, appearing and disappearing, telling stories, dancing in doorways and highlighting landscapes and environments.

We will also have live radio from the Chaos Group (do you remember the throne they brought to the Garden Festival? A veritable selfie magnet)… and speaking of photo opportunities, Higher Beings will also be with us so make sure you look up!

As well as ALL OF THAT we will have some of the best ceramicists across the UK and the world with us that day –  the 10 short-listed artists who are up for winning the first ever Whitegold International Ceramics Prize! The nominees will all be there on the day giving presentations to the judges, and you, about their work and what it might mean for St Austell if they are chosen.

Then the decision will be made by the judges later this month about who gets to win and make a public art installation for the town! More details here

In addition we also have a celebratory kiln firing at Blackpool Pit as part of our summer brick making workshops – all previous participants are also invited! More details are here

There is even more happening than that but we just wanted to give you a flavour of all the things we have lined up for the day!

See you soon!

Free Whitegold 2019 programme

To make sure you get see what you want on the day, we have created this free handy guide to the festival!
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Visit the Brickfield kiln during the Whitegold Festival! https://whitegold.org.uk/visit-the-brickfield-kiln-during-the-whitegold-festival/ Thu, 12 Sep 2019 11:37:54 +0000 https://whitegold.org.uk/?p=2669 To celebrate the end of this year’s fantastic Brickfield events, our artists Rosanna Martin and Georgia Glendall will be loading up the kiln with all the bricks made over the summer by our army of workshop participants and lighting the fire!
 
With an enthusiastic response from the local community, we had visitors from the Happy Wanderers (a dementia friendly walking group linked to the Sensory Trust), as well as a brilliant walk and talk in the lashing rain by local author Philip Marsden – here he introduces poet Jack Clemo!
 
During the summer Rose and Georgia also built a traditional brick clamp kiln that to start to dry out the bricks prior to their firing in September…
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For the next stage, the bricks must be properly hardened by firing. Rosanna says ‘We are planning on building our kiln using old bricks from Wheal Remfry, and we’ll be making a circular brick clamp, that nods to the beehive kilns they used to use!’
 
We will be lighting the fire for this kiln at Blackpool Pit on Thursday 20th and keeping them going for four or five days, so you can experience the kiln when you come to the last workshops on Friday and Saturday 20th/21st September! (see details below)
 
 
 

 

Workshops:
Friday 20th Sept: Free drop-in brick making session, 2pm – 5pm, all welcome.
Saturday 21st Sept: Free drop-in brick making session and celebration evening, 2pm – 9pm, all welcome.

Please do come and see the work that our local artists Rosanna and Georgia have been doing and experience some brickmaking and firing for yourself – the last session on Saturday 21st will continue after the Whitegold Festival has finished at 4pm.

The flyer for Brickfield events is here: BF Flyer_06.09.19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New International Ceramics Prize shortlist announced! https://whitegold.org.uk/new-international-ceramics-prize-shortlist-announced/ Wed, 04 Sep 2019 14:04:46 +0000 https://whitegold.org.uk/?p=2417 With over 100 submissions from all over the world, the jurors had a very tough job on their hands over the summer, coming up with the final 10 who artists who are exceptionally skilled at putting the social at the heart of their artwork, the focus of the 2019 prize.

The 10 finalists have been selected on the basis of previous ceramic artwork they have produced that connects people, culture and place in a variety of ways – a mission which is at the core of Whitegold’s aim to support the cultural regeneration in St Austell, the UK home of china clay. The artists are from as far afield as Australia, Sweden and Finland as well as from the UK. The shortlisted artists are:

For more about their work please go to: https://whitegold.org.uk/shortlist-2019/

Shortlisted artists will now visit St Austell on 20th September for a field trip around clay country and an introduction to the town itself. During the course of their stay, they will be making presentations about their work and starting a conversation with the people of St Austell.

These events will be free and open to the public as part of the Whitegold Festival on Sat 21st September so do keep in touch with our website or follow us on social media to be updated on our plans and developments with the prize!

Follow us on Facebook @Whitegoldfest
Instagram @Whitegoldfest

 

 

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More news on the free Brickfield workshops: Whitegold’s new community arts project https://whitegold.org.uk/more-news-on-the-free-brickfield-workshops-whitegolds-new-community-arts-project/ Thu, 08 Aug 2019 11:21:42 +0000 http://whitegold.org.uk/?p=2282 More free workshops with local artists announced!
Brick Making Workshops Announced:
Friday 9th August – 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm
Saturday 10th August – 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm
Friday 23rd August – 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm
Saturday 24th August – 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm
 
In these free workshops you will learn all the processes involved in making clay bricks.
 
Using waste materials from the china clay industry gifted by Imerys, we have developed a new clay body for you to use that includes quartz sand and mica residues. You will learn how to blend and process the clay ready for making, before slapping it into a traditional wooden brick mould. The bricks will be fired on site using a brick clamp kiln during the Whitegold Festival on 21stSeptember.
 
All participants will be invited to come and see the firing taking place. And before you ask – we want to collect ideas from all participants about what the bricks should be used to build – we are leaving this one up to you!

To sign up and for all the details email brickfield@whitegold.org.uk

More about the walk: The walking route is approximately 6k, along footpaths and a small bit of road.The terrain is at times slightly rough ground, and so suitable comfortable footwear (walking boots or trainers) is essential. We will meet at 10am at Hornick Hill carpark and expect the whole event to take about 5 hours (including a couple of essential snack breaks). 

We regret that this event is not suitable for wheelchair users due to the nature of the footpaths and a reasonable level of fitness is required. We are holding other events in August which are much more accessible. 

Brickfield invites you to get involved in all aspects of the project, for further details or to register interest contact brickfield@whitegold.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Breaking news: at Brickfield on 16th August we will be joined by local author Philip Marsden! https://whitegold.org.uk/breaking-news-at-brickfield-on-16th-august-we-will-be-joined-by-local-author-philip-marsden/ Wed, 07 Aug 2019 11:08:20 +0000 http://whitegold.org.uk/?p=2275 We are excited to tell you that for our FREE fieldtrip on 16th August, around Blackpool Pit Perimeter Trail, we will be joined by local author Philip Marsden!

Philip will talk about the discovery of china clay by William Cookworthy and also he will tell us about the poet Jack Clemo. Both famous local figures were part of the research for his well known book ‘Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place’.

Once English China Clay’s ‘flagship’ pit, Blackpool produced over 8000 – 10,000 tonnes of china clay per week. The effect on the landscape is colossal. Today the pit is disused and has filled with water, and flora and fauna has re-established itself.

Brickfield is a new community arts project running FREE events by artists Rosanna Martin and Georgia Gendall. They have been working with community groups and the general public to make bricks and explore connections between people, material, landscape and place.

With help from Imerys, at Brickfield we are experimenting with by-products collected from the industrial processing of china clay and combining these with other materials to create a new clay body that will have unique characteristics specific to the area. 

For further details about the above trip email brickfield@whitegold.org.uk

We regret that this event is not suitable for wheelchair users due to the nature of the footpaths and a reasonable level of fitness is required. We are holding other events in August which are much more accessible.

#staustell #chinaclay #philipmarsden #jackclemo#WilliamCookworthy #mining #place #imerys

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whitegold’s new community arts project: Brickfield https://whitegold.org.uk/whitegolds-new-community-arts-project-brickfield/ Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:03:51 +0000 http://whitegold.org.uk/?p=2086 Join us for the first of our FREE Brickfield field trips next Saturday 27th July to explore some of Cornwall’s lesser trodden footpaths across clay country.

Brickfield is a Whitegold project about the St Austell area where artists are helping people to look again at the “Cornish Alps”, the china clay tips and pits, with an eye on building a creative and sustainable future.     

The Brickfield project will see the establishment of an experimental community brickworks at Imerys’ former Blackpool Pit, where people can come and make bricks with the local materials. On 27th July, the field trip will entail a 6K walk; walking from St Dennis to Blackpool Pit, taking in skytips, disused quarries, woodland, heathland, manmade mountains and more. The walk will provide inspiration and materials for this exciting new brick making project!

Brickfield is a new community arts project run by artists Rosanna Martin and Georgia Gendall. They will work directly with community groups, students, children, geologists and teachers and the general public to make bricks: drawing on St Austell’s industrial heritage, Brickfield will explore connections between people, material, landscape and place.

With help from Imerys, Rose and Georgia will be experimenting with by-products collected from the industrial processing of china clay and combining these with other materials to create a new clay body that will have unique characteristics specific to the area. The processes involved in traditional brick-making are accessible and fun as well as providing a unique insight into an entire making cycle from clay collection to fired end product.

To sign up and for all the details email brickfield@whitegold.org.uk

More about the walk: The walking route is approximately 6k, along footpaths and a small bit of road.The terrain is at times slightly rough ground, and so suitable comfortable footwear (walking boots or trainers) is essential. We will meet at 10am at Hornick Hill carpark and expect the whole event to take about 5 hours (including a couple of essential snack breaks). 

We regret that this event is not suitable for wheelchair users due to the nature of the footpaths and a reasonable level of fitness is required. We are holding other events in August which are much more accessible. 

Brickfield invites you to get involved in all aspects of the project, for further details or to register interest contact brickfield@whitegold.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Major new annual International Ceramics Prize announced for St Austell https://whitegold.org.uk/major-new-annual-international-ceramics-prize-announced-for-st-austell/ Tue, 14 May 2019 15:33:28 +0000 http://whitegold.org.uk/?p=1984

A £10,000 award awaits the winner of the newly-created Whitegold International Ceramic Prize.

The first Whitegold International Ceramic Prize will celebrate the versatility of clay used in relationship with people, culture and place. Whitegold is a celebration of the clay, drawing on the history and culture of St Austell’s industrial and post-industrial landscape and its global china clay connections. The winners of the prize will be invited to make a piece of work for St Austell.

Individual artists, collectives and CIC’s are invited to submit works that that use clay to inspire new perspectives and insights into place – the specific character of a location that makes it unique. All work of exceptional quality that connects people and place through creativity with clay will be considered. Submitted artwork should ideally be culturally and environmentally aware and socially engaged. 

Award
The Whitegold Ceramic Prize is an award in two parts. Winners will receive a cash prize, along with a paid commission for the development of a new work.

First Prize: £10,000 prize money with £5,000 to develop a new local artwork between Jan-Mar 2020

Second Prize: £5,000 prize money and £2,500 to develop a new local artwork between Jan-Mar 2020

Submission Guidelines

Established and emerging artists from all parts of the world are invited to submit 2 completed projects undertaken between 2014 and 2019.

Each project submission must include as minimum an excellent visual record of work and a 500 word overview of each of project including a summary of how it connects with the theme of the award.

A maximum of 8 shortlisted artists will be invited to St Austell for a tour of the region’s clay country before submitting a statement of intent for a new project that draws on the culture of the St Austell area and its connections through clay to people in Cornwall, the UK and the rest of the world.

The jury will select two artists from the shortlist as final winners to develop their proposal for completion in time for the 2020 Whitegold Festival.

Submissions can be made via www.curatorspace.com/opportunities/detail/whitegold-international-ceramics-prize/3459

Whitegold is a St Austell Bay Economic Forum project generously supported by the Coastal Communities Fund (see notes below)

Background
Whitegold is a celebration of clay drawing on the history and culture of St Austell’s industrial and post-industrial landscape and its global china clay connections. Through a number of public arts projects initiated by the St Austell Bay Economic Forum (SABEF) and partners, Whitegold provides a platform for local, national and international makers, ceramicists and artists to contribute to the cultural, social and economic regeneration of the region.

Whitegold curators are developing projects that foster local and international cultural exchange around clay and the ceramic arts and which explore social, economic and environmental sustainability through a variety of means. Projects currently in process include public art commissions, small and large scale permanent and non-permanent ceramic installations, as well as social engagement and action based research projects that seek to develop skills in co-design and collaboration in local communities. Socially engaged practice in the arts is an area of significant development for rural and urban regeneration. The Whitegold project presents an opportunity to champion ceramics in the regeneration of the St Austell area through the vehicle of the international prize, highlighting best practice and attracting the best artists in the field.

For the past three years SABEF has produced the Whitegold Festival, building the profile of clay and ceramic arts within the town, providing an annual hub of activity and attracting visitors from the UK and beyond. The Whitegold International Ceramic Prize will make a significant contribution to the long term ambition of the partners to raise the profile of St Austell as a recognised destination for ceramic arts.

The Whitegold Project is funded by the Coastal Communities Fund. St Austell was awarded a £1million contribution to transform the St Austell area as a visitor destination. The funding will support St Austell becoming a Green and Ceramic Cultural Centre.

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Hey Clay! Unleash your inner potter! https://whitegold.org.uk/hey-clay-unleash-your-inner-potter/ Fri, 10 May 2019 20:41:12 +0000 http://whitegold.org.uk/?p=1973
Hey Clay! is a national celebration of clay – giving everyone the chance to unleash their inner potter.

The Whitegold Project is working in partnership with Wheal Martyn to offer Hey Clay! workshops for schools and members of the public in and around St Austell’s clay country on 17th and 18th May. 

On 17th May 60 children from Roche Community Primary School and Fowey River Academy will be given a guided tour of Wheal Martyn Museum before they take part in a tile making workshop, using references from the Wheal Martyn site to create a relief work in air dry clay.  They’ll also all use pottery stamps and imprinting techniques to decorate their own handmade coil pots.  

This workshop will be run by local ceramicists Fleur Winter (http://www.fleurwinter.com) and Jackie Clark (http://jacquelineclark.co.uk).  
Fleur:  Insta @fleurwinterceramics
 
On Saturday 18th May Ceramicist Laurence Eastwood and Gemma Martin from Wheal Martyn will be welcoming members of the public to have a go at decorating a pot using a Raku firing technique, making pinch pots and decorating tiles.

There will be two sessions:

10.30am – 12.00pm for families and children as part of the Museum Club
1.00pm – 3.30pm for all the community. Any age and ability are welcome to drop in!

Laurence Eastwood Insta: @laurencethemaverick
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Whitegold is about to announce a major new annual International Ceramics Prize https://whitegold.org.uk/whitegold-is-about-to-announce-a-major-new-annual-international-ceramics-prize/ Fri, 10 May 2019 09:30:11 +0000 http://whitegold.org.uk/?p=1884 In line with Whitegold’s ambition to bring ceramics and ceramicists to the heart of Cornwall and the place where china clay is mined, the Whitegold curators are pleased to announce the imminent release of details about a major new International Ceramics Art Prize.

Details will be announced in the coming weeks and all ceramic artists, makers and collectives from around the world will be invited to apply for this annual juried prize.

 

The China Clay settling tanks at Imerys
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