Cabinet agree funding to support Cornwall’s culture, arts and heritage

Council funding of £540,000 has been agreed at today's Cabinet meeting  (Wednesday 19 June) which will unlock over £5 million of European and national cultural money to support Cornwall’s culture, arts and heritage which is so important to our residents and businesses.

The Council’s investment into Cornwall’s creative industries will boost the Cornish economy and encourage communities to get involved with what makes Cornwall’s distinct culture and identity so special.  It will be used to deliver innovative projects to create jobs and build on the already strong economic success of creative industries which are estimated to contribute over £4 billion to the Cornish economy.

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The funding announced today builds on the recognition of the importance to residents and businesses of Cornish culture, heritage and the arts and the historic Memorandum of Understanding signed earlier this year by major investors in culture.

Representatives from Cornwall Council, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Arts Council England, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England joined together to reinforce their commitment to work closely together to promote Cornwall’s distinct identity.

Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for culture, economy and planning said: “Cornwall’s culture, arts and heritage is important to many residents as they help give us a real sense of place and community.  Our creative sector is a huge cultural and economic asset that is growing at twice the rate of the UK economy.  It supports our economy and makes us distinctive, not just in the UK but globally.”

“The Cabinet has today agreed a package of funding to unlock further support for projects as, by working more collaboratively, we can harness our collective resources to make a difference and deliver for the residents of Cornwall”

All parts of Cornwall are set to benefit from Council funding which will see

  • £340,000 invested in Creative Kernow’s Cultivator 2 programme and Screen Cornwall. 

The Council’s investment will unlock £1.4 million of European Social Fund money, £2.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund, £500,000 from Arts Council England and £180,000 of other funding.  After the success of the original Cultivator programme, Cultivator 2 will provide support to an additional 300 businesses a year with help such as grants, coaching and mentoring, a graduate start up programme and the direct creation of over 40 jobs.  There is also support for the newly launched Screen Cornwall set up to encourage film and TV companies to shoot here and connect production companies to local crew and support services.  Seeing Cornwall on the screen also drives up the number of visitors who come here to enjoy all that we have to offer on the back of TV shows like Poldark and Doc Martin.  Visitors who come here are estimated by Visit Cornwall to be worth around £60 million to the Cornish economy.

  • £50,000 to add to Arts Council England funding of £550,000 for the New Voices project at Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange in West Cornwall.

This is about taking art out of the galleries and into the community to reach people who may think art ‘is not for the likes of me’.   The project will also concentrate on opening up job opportunities in galleries.  By linking with organisations like DisAbility Cornwall, iSight and KONNECT Cornwall, who work with victims and offenders of crime as well as young people struggling to remain in education, the aim is to open up employment opportunities to a diverse range of people. 

  • £20,000 for the intoBodmin project to bolster applications for further funding from Arts Council England and the National Heritage Lottery Fund

Through the intoBodmin Community Interest Company, we will be working with residents to explore Bodmin’s distinct culture and sense of place and how the community can get involved in identifying opportunities to improve and shape the town.

  • £30,000 to link South East Cornwall into the Mayflower 400 celebrations taking place in 2020 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage. 

The investment will link Cornwall into the celebrations, promote Cornwall to the thousands of visitors expected to attend the year-long programme of events and encourage them to visit Cornwall.

  • £100,000 to support the performance in Cornwall of the internationally significant Ordinalia Nessa.

There is an unrivalled opportunity in 2020 to support the performance of this internationally recognised trilogy of medieval mystery plays dating from the mid fourteenth century and written in Cornish. The Ordinalia Nessa is one of Cornwall’s cultural treasures and performance groups will be invited to work up a proposal for Arts Council England funding to perform the plays in Cornwall. The manuscripts will be welcomed to Cornwall in June 2020 in a special ‘Out of Ordinary’ exhibition at the archive centre for Cornwall, Kresen Kernow.

Bob Egerton adds:  “Heritage and culture is at the heart of identity and what makes a place special. From our spectacular coastline and countryside, to our industrial heritage, archives and museums, our heritage tells an important story and has a huge impact on our residents, visitors and the economy.”

Story posted 19 June 2019