CAST has developed out of a series of contemporary art events organised in Cornwall since 2010: The Falmouth Convention (May 2010), The Cornwall Workshop, an ongoing series of residential workshops held since 2011 at Kestle Barton on the Lizard peninsula, and The Penzance Convention (May 2012).

The CAST building in Helston was acquired in August 2012 and has been the base for subsequent projects including Groundwork, a three-year programme of international contemporary art organised in partnership with Tate St Ives, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and Kestle Barton. CAST continues to develop new partnerships and off-site projects.

Water and Stone

Water and Stone is a three-day event comprised of walks, talks, workshops and demonstrations celebrating and exploring Helston’s built heritage. 

Pandemic Projects

A collection of online content created by CAST studio artists and contributors to CAST’s recent public programme

Image: Stepping stones at Lowertown, courtesy Ben Sanderson

Sound Walks

The lockdown and restrictions on travel have led to an intensification of interest in the local.

Lockdown Lives

We invited artists who have been part of CAST’s recent programme to write about what they have been doing, thinking and reading

The Cornwall Workshop

The Cornwall Workshop is an intensive residential workshop for artists, curators and writers.

CAST / CaSa Exchange

The residency exchange with Centro de las Artes de San Agustín Etla (CaSa) in Oaxaca, Mexico


Groundwork was a three-year programme of contemporary art, comprising field trips, residential workshops and an ambitious learning programme

Green School Revisited

Since 2014 CAST has been researching the history of the school building in which it is housed.

The Penzance Convention

The Penzance Convention

The Penzance Convention, held at The Exchange in Penzance, was a three-day conference in expanded form

The Falmouth Convention

The Falmouth Convention

The Falmouth Convention was a three-day conference in unconventional form, with an emphasis on exchange of views and experiences.