A rare chance to get hold of an art studio in an historic Cornish building will be up for grabs in the near future. 

More highly sought after studios are to become available in Helston's CAST building.

These have been in high demand since the former school building in Penrose Road was bought by the Cornubian Arts and Science Trust in 2012. 

A number of new, small studios are now being created at the back of the Passmore Edwards building, while some existing studios - formerly large classrooms - will also become available in the next few months.

There is already a waiting list for artists who would like to apply for studios, but to join them and be in with a chance of getting one email info@c-a-s-t.org.uk.

There will be a formal application and selection process to decide how the studio spaces are allocated.

The building started life in 1897 as a School of Science and Art, when it was gifted by well-known Cornish philanthropist John Passmore Edwards.

It was extended in 1905 to accommodate Cornwall’s first county secondary school and developed again in 1914.

It went to become Helston County Secondary School, known as the Green School for the colour of its uniforms, in the 1960s and 70s, before the school closed in 1972. 

The building was later used as a community centre for Helston for many years and is now being restored by CAST, to include public event spaces and a cafe alongside the private art studios.