CAST’s public programme includes screenings, talks, concerts, readings, workshops and informal residencies, serving an area of Cornwall that has previously had little access to innovative contemporary arts activity. The programme attracts support from local and national funding bodies and many events and activities are free. The public programme for the financial year 2015/2016 was supported by a grant from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts scheme. CAST’s public programme has also received contributions from Helston Town Council, Little Parc Owles Trust and Chelsea Arts Club Trust.
The public programme at CAST is currently supported by Arts Council England as part of the Groundwork project 2016-18, which has been awarded Ambition for Excellence funding. Ambition for Excellence is a new programme aimed at stimulating and supporting ambition, talent and excellence across the arts sector in England. The fund aims to have significant impact on the growth of an ambitious international-facing arts infrastructure, especially outside London.