The Culture Team is engaged with a wide range of projects that are both large and small. A Culture Investment Board helps us to identify priorities for investment. The Board brings together public sector funders to support the development of culture in Cornwall and includes representatives from: Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England and representatives from the culture sector.
Here are some of the more substantial ventures that we are currently involved in either as project partners, or as the lead organisation. To find out more about our ambitions for culture in Cornwall please see the White Paper for Culture Edition 2 and its Projects Appendix.
Kresen Kernow will be an exemplary modern archive and library space, bringing together the world’s largest collection of manuscripts, books and documents related to Cornwall, as well as Cornwall Record Office, the Cornish Studies Library and the Cornwall and Scilly Historic Environment Record, for the first time. The project will reuse and safeguard the historic Redruth Brewery building and combine this with state of the art facilities. A substantial investment package has been secured including an award of £11.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Kresen Kernow will welcome visitors in 2019.
Cultivator is a major new creative industries business support initiative for Cornwall. Co-ordinated by Creative Kernow the programme provides specially tailored business advice, training opportunities, mentoring and grants.
Geevor Tin Mine
Geevor Tin Mine owned by Cornwall Council and operated by Pendeen Community Heritage Trust, is one of only two complete tin mines left in the world. It is a Scheduled Monument and sits within the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and is one of the top heritage attractions in Cornwall. Fundraising has now commenced to enhance the visitor facilities, create a new learning hub and events square and carry out conservation to the headframe, mill machinery and equipment.
Hall for Cornwall
We are working in partnership with the Hall for Cornwall, Cornwall’s largest performing arts venue. A major capital renovation has been developed that will allow the theatre to operate on a more sustainable basis with better potential to generate income and an improved audience offer. The Hall is currently closed to allow the redevelopment to begin. Increasing the size of the auditorium will allow the theatre to attract West End shows and enables the Hall to support creative talent and education initiatives. The project also includes conserving this historically significant building and revealing more of its story to a wider audience, alongside creating new workspaces.
Alongside this work we gave arts venues across Cornwall the opportunity to apply for HALLS for Cornwall grants. These have enabled eleven art centres, theatres and village halls spread from Calstock to Constantine to invest in equipment and improvements to their buildings.
Tate St Ives
Tate St Ives Phase II was a 4 year build project that included a major expansion of the galleries, refurbishment of the existing spaces and the creation of a new learning suite. Since it opened in October 2017 the addition of 600 square metres of additional gallery space has allowed for a permanent display of artworks by the St Ives Modernists alongside a temporary exhibitions programme. A Local's Pass for Cornish residents is now available.
In July 2018 Tate St Ives was thrilled to win the prestigious Art Fund Museum of the Year designation. This is the world's largest museum prize and comes with a £100,000 award.
CAST (Cornubian Arts and Science Trust) have recently been successful in securing a grant of £500k from Arts Council England to enable them to undertake renovations at their premises in the Passmore Edwards school buildings in Helston. CAST already runs a thriving artists’ studio complex on the site.
CAST were also awarded a sought-after Arts Council Ambition for Excellence award of a further £500k in 2016 for Groundwork. This three-year project has brought outstanding international art and artists to Cornwall, supporting creative education for young people and offering work experience opportunities. The varied programme has included artists such as Steve McQueen, Tacita Dean and Rosemary Lee. The project is culminating in a season of exhibitions and events completing September 2018.
King Edward Mine
In April 2017 King Edward Mine, Cornwall’s oldest best preserved mine, completed a major redevelopment that has enhanced the visitor experience and has created new workspaces for local businesses. The site now includes a thriving café and is being used as the gateway to the Great Flat Lode trail, a circular walking/cycling route around the Carn Brea area that connects a number of significant mining sites.
The Assay Office at King Edward Mine before and after renovation works
The Count House at King Edward Mine before and after renovations
After renovations image photo credit: Takara Smith Photography