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:

Creative Kernow have been commissioned by Cornwall Council to undertake a demand study for creative workspace in Penzance and Liskeard. Cornwall Council is in the process of seeking ERDF investment to deliver two workspace projects in these locations. Both schemes are intended to provide high quality and flexible workspace provision predominately targeted at micro and small businesses within the creative industries, creating hubs that encourage innovation and collaboration.

If you have a need for creative workspace we'd be delighted if you could spare a few minutes to complete the survey.

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.

The deadlines for both grants have now been extended. Please ensure that you read the essential information contained in both the Grant Programme Summary and the Further Guidance documents before applying.

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

Phase 1 Scoping Study Report

‘New Frontiers’, Cornwall Council and its strategic partners’ agenda for devolution and development, seeks to achieve a public service broadcaster for Cornwall.  Cornwall Council commissioned a scoping study to research models for regional public service broadcasters in the digital age, the potential economic and cultural benefits to Cornwall, existing capacity in Cornwall and a potential development path.  The scoping study was completed in July 2019 and can be downloaded here.

In February 2019, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was adopted between key cultural partners and investors including Arts Council England (ACE), The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NHLF), Historic England (HE), Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Cornwall Council. This MOU gives all the funders the opportunity to work together to drive ambition and development for the Culture and Creative Industries sectors in Cornwall while also enabling these projects to seek and add impact to the economic growth opportunities for individuals, communities and the county as a whole. Discover more about the themes of the MOU here.

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