Culture Team

What does the Culture Team do?

We aim to grow the creative and cultural sector in a way that improves the economic, social and cultural well-being of all communities across Cornwall. We are part of the Council’s Economic Growth Service.

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The Culture Team encompasses:

We are excited to announce new grant funding opportunities for Research and Development (R&D) Grants and Project Grants for an Ordinalia Nessa.

The Ordinalia is a trilogy of medieval mystery plays dating from the mid fourteenth century and is one of Cornwall’s cultural treasures of international significance. These grants are intended to support projects that will celebrate the Ordinlia manuscripts returning to Cornwall as part of Kresen Kernow's  ‘Out of the Ordinary’ exhibition in 2020. We are therefore asking for considered proposals with ambition, innovation, collaboration, scale and quality.

Please read the essential information contained in the Grant Programme Summary before applying.

Download application forms for the Research and Development Grant and the Project Grant.



Here are just some of the ways that we are contributing:

The Creative Industries are central to Cornwall’s economic prosperity. Since 2010, nationally the value of the creative industries has increased by a third (34%). This is compared with average growth of 4.3% a year for the UK economy as a whole during the same period. We have several creative clusters in Cornwall. Research by NESTA confirms that in Penzance, for example, the percentage of creative employment in the town is equal to that of London. We are supporting the creative industries through the Cultivator programme.

Taking part in cultural activity is proven to increase mental and physical well-being. People who had attended a cultural event in the previous year were 60% more likely to report being in good health than those who had not. (Source: Arts Council England). The organisations that we invest in such as FEAST and the Cornwall Museums Partnership ensure that there is a great cultural offer in communities across Cornwall. The Cornish Language Partnership supports a range of ways to learn and engage with Kernewek.

We are supporting creative industries workspace projects at:

We have renovated and repurposed historic buildings such as King Edward Mine providing attractive workspaces for innovative local businesses. We also worked in partnership with the Borlase Smart John Wells Trust to restore the Grade II* Listed Porthmeor Studios in St Ives. These have hosted some of Britain’s most influential painters.

Our cultural assets and events are an important part of Cornwall’s visitor offer. There are many reasons to visit:

  • 200 festivals every year
  • the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site
  • over 70 museums
  • a visual arts scene of international renown and
  • the chance to enjoy theatre in picturesque outdoor locations
to name but a few.

The value of cultural tourism in Cornwall was been estimated at £180m. On average Cultural tourists spend twice as much on food and drink and shopping than a mainstream visitor does. This gives other sectors of the Cornish economy a boost. Visit Cornwall 365 our cultural tourism experts to discover more.

White Paper for Culture (Edition 2.3)

The White Paper for Culture (Edition 2.3) Sets out our cultural ambitions for Cornwall. The White Paper projects list is contained in Appendix 3 which is updated annually. Read the 2018 update on the White Paper projects here

The previous edition of the White Paper published in 2012 is also still available.

An overview of the major projects that we are currently focusing on


Our Funding page provides information on grant schemes, FEAST and other funding sources


Information about museums in Cornwall and how their work is supported

Creative Links

Links to a wealth of organisations working in the cultural and creative sector in Cornwall: Creative links

Art Collections

Information on artworks in the Council’s art collections

What’s On

Be inspired and get involved! What's on

The Q Fund

An independent charity administered by the Council, which supports literary and research projects associated with Cornwall: The Q Fund