Covid-19 Advice & Support for the creative sector
We understand that our cultural and creative sector is facing a challenging time. Cornwall Council through the Culture and Creative Economy Team intends to provide support in recognition of the important contribution the creative sector is making to Cornwall’s unique creative ecology. We want to ensure that our Cornish culture and creativity is sustained during and beyond this unprecedented time. Therefore, we wanted to communicate our commitment in supporting the creative sector and to share some useful resources.
Image: Leach Pottery, image from Matthew Tyas
Survey for people working the creative sector
To help inform the support that is available and to ensure a successful recover phase for our sectors, could you please fill in this survey? With other cultural and creative organisations in Cornwall, Creative Kernow is facilitating this survey and we would welcome your input into this.
Advocating for the creative sector
We are also in regular contact with the Arts Council England (ACE) and other key partners and agencies that also support our culture and creative sectors – sharing concerns, realities and areas in which we can collectively offer support.
Cornwall Growth and Skills Hub
Providing up to date and useful information and support on what organisations and businesses are entitled to and can access. Information about Cornwall Council’s administration of the schemes for Local Authority Business Rate Grants will also be available here once they go live.
ACE have announced a range of support for existing recipients of their funding including £160m emergency response package to support individual artists, freelancers and cultural organisations.
The Creative Industries Federation is currently offering 6 months free membership for freelancers and micro businesses
The UK Government has announced a range of support measures to businesses and individuals affected by coronavirus.
National Lottery Heritage Fund has announced an emergency fund to support the sector.
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership has a useful page on support for businesses.
Krowji has also published a list of resources which you may find very useful.
The Cornwall Museums Partnership team has collated resources and support for the museum community during COVID-19.
Current Creative Opportunities
Cornwall 365 are offering all digital events and experiences free promotion to support the creative and cultural sectors during the COVID-19 crisis.
To take advantage of this please submit your event at cornwall365.com/submit-an-event, tagging Digital and Online as both the Venue and Location. A member of the Cornwall 365 team will then get in touch with you if they require anymore information. Events can include anything from online film clubs to podcasts, cookery demonstrations to writing competitions. If you are not sure how to list your online event or experience, please email email@example.com.
Newlyn Art Gallery wants to celebrate your creativity.
You are invited to document your life during this extraordinary time with postcards. It could be your daily exercise, new routines or talents discovered, objects in your home that have become very familiar, or whatever it is that you are looking forward to when the lockdown restrictions are relaxed.
You can use any medium - collage, text, drawing, print, sewing, paint - if it can go on a postcard, it’s possible.
We will send a pack of postcards and a FREEPOST return envelope to anyone who would like to take part. All postcards returned to us by 30 Sept will be exhibited as part of a community celebration of individual creativity, as well as a document of lockdown life, as soon as we are allowed to gather socially again.
If you would like to take part, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and postal address and we will send you a pack.
Pydar Pop Up would like to celebrate Truro's community
We would like to create a celebration of Truro's Community in the shape of a rainbow in our shop window. Please share any photos of things you have done to support your family, neighbours, colleagues, friends and the community during COVID-19. Or equally we would love to see any images of your family or community from the present or past in Truro.
Please send photos to Charlotte in an email email@example.com. In your email please can you confirm that you are happy for the Pydar Pop Up Team and Truro BID to use your image online via social media and as part of the mural which will be displayed in the Pydar Pop Up shop window.
Your images will be used to create a rainbow mural in the Pop Up Shop window on St Clement's Street and shared on Facebook via Truro BID.
Kindly supported by @Truro BID @Cornwall Council @Truro City Council and Cooper Signs
Feast Re-Ignition Fund
Supporting and mobilising Cornwall’s creative sector in this crisis by helping artists bring their creative skills to offsetting some of the worst social effects of the current health pandemic. Funding of up to £1,000 to support creative ideas that will support people isolated at home to be engaged and connected.
Visit the Feast Re-Ignition Fund website
Are you interested in making a short film in the Cornish language? Well, the annual FylmK Cornish language short film competition is now open! The competition is delivered by Screen Cornwall, our Cornish Language Office and Falmouth University's School of Film and Television.
The deadline for entries is midday Friday 29 May 2020.
Visit the FylmK 2020 website
CLLD West Cornwall
CLLD (Community Led Local Development) has launched a new call to support heritage and cultural spaces in West Cornwall. If you are a Gallery, Library, Archive, Museum, heritage related institution or performing space in West Cornwall, they would like to hear from you. Please contact them to discuss your proposal and for support in developing your project. They can help you build, extend renovate or refurbish a building and develop new services that will boost your organisation's growth and increase local economic development. These CLLD grants will offer capital (and a little bit of revenue) investment for projects that can demonstrate a strong economic impact for the most deprived areas of West Cornwall.
Information sessions will be held on 19 and 21 May.
Visit the CLLD Support for Heritage / Cultural Spaces in West Cornwall website