Groundwork Project Co-ordinator – deadline 27 June

Ambition for Excellence award for Groundwork

In January this year we learned that CAST (the Cornubian Arts and Science Trust) would be the recipient of a major grant from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence funding scheme, for a programme of activity entitled Groundwork. Ambition for Excellence aims to have a significant impact on the growth of an ambitious arts infrastructure outside London, to grow leadership across art forms, to give an international dimension to excellent work, and to support the highest quality new work. The £500,000 grant to CAST was the first Ambition for Excellence award in Cornwall and only the second in the whole South West region.

CAST has devised the Groundwork programme in partnership with Tate St Ives, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange (Penzance) and Kestle Barton Trust, building on the experience of working together on previous events such as the Falmouth Convention (2010), the Penzance Convention (2012) and the succession of Cornwall Workshops held at Kestle Barton since 2011. The programme has been shaped by conversations nurtured through these and other events over the last six years and builds on strong working relationships with artists based in Cornwall. Work on developing the Groundwork programme will begin this summer.

In addition to Arts Council England, founding supporters of Groundwork are the Freelands Foundation, Outset and the Quercus Trust. The project is also receiving significant funding from Cornwall Council.

Groundwork will enable CAST and its partners to work with outstanding international artists and to develop projects that will make links with Cornwall’s rich social, economic, geological and artistic history as well as its contemporary cultural life, encouraging national and international connection and exchange. A programme of commissioned field trips, workshops and sited works will build towards an international visual arts festival in 2018.

Rooted in contemporary art, the culmination of the Groundwork programme in 2018 will involve collaborations with dance, film, music, performance, science and visual arts organisations in Cornwall and beyond. Groundwork will also promote creative education for young people, especially through collaboration with Further Education and Higher Education. Ambition for Excellence will enable the organisers of Groundwork to provide unprecedented access to the work of artists of international standing in the form of new commissions and existing work shown in exceptional and unusual locations.

Groundwork Project Co-ordinator

CAST is now seeking an energetic and adaptable Project Co-ordinator, who will play a key role in the development and realisation of the Groundwork programme. The successful applicant will have a strong interest in and engagement with contemporary art and ideas, and at least two years working experience in the field of contemporary art. The Co-ordinator will support the Project Director, Teresa Gleadowe, who will lead on the curatorial development of the programme.

For further information about the Project Co-ordinator post, including details of how to apply, see:

The CAST building at 3 Penrose Road, Helston

CAST is based in Helston, in the former School of Science and Art given to the town by the philanthropist John Passmore Edwards in 1897. The building was extended in 1905 and 1913 when it became a County Secondary School, but it became redundant with the introduction of comprehensive education in the 1970s. In 2012 it was sold by Helston Town Council and purchased by benefactors who now lease it to CAST at a peppercorn rent. Investment from the EU through the Rural Development Programme for England supported the creation of artists’ workspaces in 2013 and the building now provides studios for sixteen artists. A large ground floor room is run as a pop-up café and also hosts CAST’s programme of artists’ talks, screenings, discussions and meetings. A suite of two large first floor rooms is reserved for short lettings and to accommodate meetings and public events. This part of the building will also provide workspace for the Groundwork team.

The Ambition for Excellence grant is for an agreed programme of public activity, devised with partners Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange, Kestle Barton and Tate St Ives. However Groundwork will also help to develop CAST’s public programme and to demonstrate the potential of the CAST building as a cultural hub. The Trustees of CAST will continue to seek funding from other sources for the extensive renovations that are required to bring the building back to full life.

The CAST website is currently being expanded and will include updates on the Groundwork programme in advance of the launch of a dedicated Groundwork website next year. Enquiries to: []