CAST has developed out of a series of contemporary art events organised in Cornwall since 2010: The Falmouth Convention (May 2010), The Penzance Convention (May 2012) and The Cornwall Workshop, an ongoing series of residential workshops held since 2011 at Kestle Barton on the Lizard peninsula.
New initiatives developed since 2012 include a project to research and celebrate the history of the CAST building as a school. This project has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and developed in partnership with Azook, an oral history organisation based in Redruth.
In January 2016 CAST was awarded funding from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence scheme for an international contemporary arts programme entitled Groundwork. This three-year project, developed in partnership with Tate St. Ives, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and Kestle Barton, will culminate in an ambitious programme of arts events and international commissions in Cornwall in 2018.