Cast metal, shape stone, felt wool and learn to see with your ears!
Visit the walled garden at Penrose to explore a range of magical transformations. Learn how to cast forms from molten metal with artists Seamus Gough and Kate Turner, polish Serpentine, the special stone found on the Lizard peninsula with Don Taylor, and turn fluffy wool into practical felt pod pouches with Lucy Grant.
Artist Bronwen Buckeridge will lead a series of small expeditions out from the walled garden during which you’ll learn how to see with your ears! Bronwen will show you how to make a simple ear trumpet to listen with and guide you on a sound walk, inviting you to use all your senses to tune in to what’s around you.
Artist Ben Sanderson is re-creating his popular Den, this year in a spot that’s closer to the town. You’ll find him under a painted canopy in a dell in the woodland near the Bulwark estate, where there’ll be den making and rope knotting, as well as activities using natural materials. Follow signs from the Fairground car park along Whitehill Terrace (A394) to find the path.
There’s more to come every Tuesday and Saturday, including sessions on pigment making, clay modelling, kite making, boat building, botanical drawing and granite bashing.
We won’t be put off by a bit of drizzle and hope you won’t either, but please check this listing or the CASTCornwall facebook page on the day in case of extreme weather or last-minute changes.
The map, sketchbook packs and artist-led activities are all offered free of charge, but we should be very grateful for donations to support this programme and future activities for children and young people. Online donations can be made via our Charities Aid Foundation page and there will be donation jars in the walled garden.
The CAST-Off programme is supported by the Garcia Family Foundation, with generous assistance from Helston Town Council, Little Parc Owles Trust, FEAST and Falmouth University.