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Community at the heart of Experience Newquay cultural activities

Photograph shows people painting around a table

Photo credit - Ingrid Pop / ALMA Artspace 

Experience Newquay, which aims to encourage a resilient year-round visitor economy, has awarded grants to deliver cultural events during the winter months, and shortlisted six proposals to develop ideas for permanent installations across the town centre.

Together the selected permanent installations and creative activities will provide a cultural event programme for residents and visitors to enjoy during the traditionally quieter months.

Following an open call, a panel made of Newquay community representatives reviewed the proposals using criteria informed directly from consultation with residents and business owners where themes including “community, history, events, people” were identified. As a result,

  • Alma Artspace will deliver a vibrant winter arts programme that will connect people to the town and local landscape through exhibitions, walks, talks and workshops. It will bring artists, curators, storytellers, musicians and makers (from Cornwall and beyond) to brighten the winter months, inspire the community and welcome residents and visitors to explore Newquay’s cultural potential.
  • To the Moon and Back by Rob Mennear will combine dance, theatre, sound installation and projection to create immersive experiences that entice and surprise. Coinciding with the super full moon, this evening experience will invite people to explore spaces in the town centre that have been transformed and co-created with residents, bringing stories of Newquay’s community to life.

Six proposals for permanent installations have also been shortlisted. The projects include ideas for sculpture, graffiti, light installations and more. Each proposal will be developed further and will be reviewed by the panel. Two projects will go ahead and be announced in the spring.

Louis Gardner, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for economy and local Member for Newquay Central and Pentire, said:

"Experience Newquay’s cultural programme is putting community at its heart, from the co-creation of the criteria to the make-up of the judging panel. Newquay is on track to have an enviable programme of cultural activities and installations, which will inject a fresh energy into the town centre for residents and visitors alike.”

Experience is a two-year project (due to run until March 2025) from Cornwall Council that aims to encourage a resilient year-round visitor economy. Putting a spotlight on the low season and embracing Newquay’s unique identity, the project supports Newquay’s visitor economy in four key areas: training and support, curation of a cultural offer, marketing and evaluation of impacts. Designed to attract an even flow of local and national visitors who sustainably engage with the town throughout the year.

Sign up to the Experience Newquay Network if you are an organisation/business interested in getting involved.

This project is being funded with a £365,426 investment from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Good Growth Programme, which is managed by Cornwall Council and funded by the UK Government though the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It is part of Good Growth’s ’Town, Rural and Coastal High Street Development and Skills Programme’. The aim is to support local enterprises through regenerating town centres and neighbourhood shopping areas.

The Good Growth website has more information about how the Shared Prosperity Fund is being delivered and how projects are using the funding to make a difference.

Visit the Good Growth website


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