For the past few years Dr Alex Murdin from ruralrecreation has been the curator for The Whitegold Project – developing a cultural programme for St Austell in Cornwall, rethinking this post-industrial town and its world famous china clay landscape. This has involved establishing the Whitegold Festival, a small pop-up in 2016, now a growing regional event led by Cat Radford, to engage people with clay; reaching out to the British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke with Clay Exhange; and establishing a new International Ceramics Prize, curated by Dr Katie Bunnell, which focused in 2019 on clay & socially engaged practice and in 2020 on convivial clay.
Artists commissioned to date include Parasite Projects, Rosanna Martin, Georgia Gendall, Neil Brownsword, Tana West, David Mach, Matt Davis, Susan Elliot, Jenny Beavan, Paul Jackson, Marion Brandis, Simon Bayliss, Studio HOTmess, Cleo Mussi, Peter Wood.
Delivered by St Austell Bay Community Interest Company with the St Austell Bay Economic Forum, The Eden Project, Wheal Martyn Clayworks and Cornwall Council, funded by the Coastal Communities Fund, supported by Arts Council England. Photos by Chris Small, Katie Bunnell.