Creative Cornwall – Playing our part
by Melanie Cowie

It was an honour to be invited to a local Government initiative earlier this month to help create new, exciting opportunities for Cornwall.  Working in our Cornwall office on the banks of the River Tamar, it’s important that we use our experience and knowledge to help our local community thrive.

Tresorys Kernow (translated means Cornish Treasures) is a pilot project to breathe new life into towns and villages, with culture and heritage bringing some joy in the context of Covid recovery and climate adaptation. This project is fully funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund with Cornwall Museums Partnership (CMP) and Creative Kernow each having funds of up to £100,000, shared out through Cornwall Council, to bolster and regenerate towns and villages. They want to show that town centres can be reinvigorated through an imaginative and locally relevant programme of cultural events. Tresorys Kernow is also about exploring how communities can and should adapt to the very real challenges of climate change and respond to the benefits that nature provides.

There are several strands to the overall project. From online and onsite heritage and arts events, immersive experiences, documentary products and skills programs, to pop-up tech events, action research and embedding sustainable cultural activity at the heart of communities, the Tresorys Kernow project aims to strengthen our communities, and produce a rich treasure trove of activities and events in ten locations across Cornwall from January to June 2022. The ambition is to enliven high streets through use of empty retail spaces for these events.

We attended a pop-up research and networking event held in Saltash with Tresorys Kernow and Creative Cornwall for a fantastic afternoon of brainstorming and knowledge sharing.  It’s so encouraging to see how many inspiring ideas were discussed and shared.  There are so many opportunities locally for communities from diverse arts and heritage programmes, pop-up tech and artist workshops to skills programmes for tourism businesses.

This project will have the twin benefit of investing in local creative industries and cultural organisations and enabling distinctive, locally led activity in a range of locations. Developing existing and new cultural partnerships and networks through this project is one of the key aims, and evaluation of the project will feed into Cornwall’s City of Culture bid. As part of the process, they are now looking for high-quality projects that take an innovative and considered approach to develop new audiences and involve as wide a range of people of all ages and backgrounds as possible. Each of the five towns in the Creative Kernow strand, including Saltash, will be allocated up to £20k to distribute to cultural activity and projects. Everyone can be part of the cultural
consortium to help decide how the money is spent.

Projects must be for and with the community and must include plans to involve and empower young people and people often excluded for social, health or economic reasons. Applications forms and full details can be found on Tresorys website



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