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Art students visit CAST

4th June 2018

Just before half term, the Year 10 Fine Art GCSE class were treated to art works by two eminent international artists at CAST on Penrose Road.  In a purpose-build screening room they saw work by Steve Macqueen CBE, an English film director, producer, screenwriter, and video artist, who directed the Oscar Award-winning  '12 Years a Slave'. This film, Gravesend, is concerned with coltan, a vital component in mobile phones and other electronic items. The film, audibly and graphically described the stark contrast between the very physical and dangerous mining of it in the Congolese jungle, with the processing of the material in a factory and laboratory. At Helston Museum the students watched two films by Irish artist Sean Lynch, who actually visited the College a year ago to be interviewed by Post 16 students. His works focus on the contrast between Irish folklore and the our increasingly technocratic society. Teresa Gleadowe, the chair of CAST and the director of the Groundworks program, which has brought the work of many international artists to Cornwall over May and June, was impressed by the enthusiasm and engagement of the students in the art works.

More information about the Groundworks program, of mainly free events, can be found at www.groundwork.art