2018 Whitegold Festival of Clay

ARTISTS: Jenny Beavan, staff and students of Cornwall College, Paul Jackson, Rose Martin, Parasite Ceramics, Peter Ward, Laurence Eastwood, Isaac Rogers, Kerry Coles, Kathleen Cotell, Rebecca English, Deborah Guy, Bernard McManigan, Poalinin & Jezando, Wendy Rose, Caroline Wallis, Jumping Out Jazz Band, Sennen Pope, Rosie Crow, Clay Town with SpinDrift, First Step Dance Studio Cornwall, St Austell Town Band Quintet 

“Thank you so much for inviting me to be part of the day, I really loved it. I thought the whole day was brilliant, a really lovely atmosphere was created and it seemed to be very well received by everyone who visited.” Rosanna Martin

On September 29th 2018 St Austell CIC successfully delivered the third Whitegold Festival as a day of workshops, demonstrations, exhibits and performances – a celebration of clay and the culture of St Austell and Clay Country. This year was part of a sustainable increase in activity, diversity of practitioners & art forms and engagement by stakeholders. Headlines include c. 12,000 visitors to White River Place on the day, 37 participating artists and 100% visitor satisfaction with the event. The project has demonstrated the viability and need for cultural activity and developing a sense of place in the area contributing to a major, £1.3 million, investment in clay culture and horticulture over the next 2 years.

The Festival was supported  financially by Arts Council England, FEAST, Imerys, Eco-Bos, St Austell Town Council, St Austell Business Improvement District, St Austell Print Company, Cornwall Councillors and Nationwide Print. There was also significant in-kind support from many others including The Eden Project, Wheal Martyn, St Austell Brewery , Cornwall College and not least by White River Place – thanks to all.

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