In January 2020 the Whitegold Project released the names of the artists shortlisted for the Whitegold Prize and the process to research and propose projects with St Austell communities around the theme ‘Convivial Clay’ began. Little did we know that we’d soon be entering a period of lockdown in response to global pandemic and our artists, expert in managing projects that engage groups of people in communal creative activities, would have to find alternative ways of working in physically distant yet socially connected ways.
For ‘Window into Whitegold’ Curator Katie Bunnell and Festival Producer Cat Radford co-host a round table discussion with Clayground Collective, The Portland Inn Project and Grizedale Arts inviting the artists to share their plans for the Whitegold Prize 2020 and how they expect them to unfold. We will also use the time we have with the artists to reflect on the strategies they have used elsewhere to keep their work with people active during lockdown and the how the pandemic has brought into relief what is important to them about working in, and with, communities.
View the interview in the film above.