The Whitegold Project (2016-ongoing)

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Since 2016 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 Exchange; 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.

Parasite Projects | David Mach | Marion Brandis | Matt Davis | Sandy Brown | Cleo Mussi | Susan Elliott | Jenny Beavan | Simon Bayliss | Studio HOT.Mess | Paul Jackson | Georgia Gendall | Robin Sullivan | Neil Brownsword | Rosanna Martin | Tana West | Clayground Collective | Francesca Anfossi | Grizedale Arts | The Portland Inn Project

Delivered for St Austell Bay Community Interest Company on behalf of the St Austell Bay Economic Forum, The Eden Project, Wheal Martyn Clayworks and Cornwall Council and other partners, funded by the Coastal Communities Fund, supported by Arts Council England. Photos by Chris Small, Katie Bunnell, James Darling.

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