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 Economic Development and Culture.  The Culture Team now encompasses the Arts and Creative Industries; Museums; Cornwall Archives and Cornish Studies Service, The Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and The Cornish Language Office.

Some of our current projects include:

  • The White Paper for Culture Edition 2 sets out the cultural ambition for Cornwall Council. The White Paper projects overview is contained in Appendix 3. The previous edition of the White Paper is still available. We work together with the Culture Investment Board who assist us in strategic decisions and prioritising investments. Working strategically with Cornwall's museum sector and developing the Cornwall Museums' Strategy. We provide museums revenue grants and with Arts Council England we co-finance the Museum Development Service for Cornwall. 
  • We also support local museums by match funding Heritage Lottery Fund grants in one-off projects such as the Catalyst project (which aims to boost skills and increase the fundraising capacity in Cornwall's museums) and Young Ambassadors in Cornwall's Museums.
  • Developing capital projects for culture e.g. restoration of Porthmeor Studios in St.Ives; expansion of Tate St.Ives ; development of Krowji the creative industries hub in Redruth; developing Kresen Kernow, the new archive and record centre for Cornwall and redevelopment of the poet Charles Causley's House in Launceston as a venue for a Writer in Residency programme.
  • Supporting FEAST  - which aims to make great art happen across Cornwall through its grant programmes. There is a lovely selection of short films on their FEAST of Films page, including a roundup of all the places in Cornwall, from the tiny to the towns, that have been involved in FEAST projects in the eight years since they started.
  • FEAST is a project of Creative Kernow who undertook the Any Resemblance film project in partnership with Le Groupe Ouest in France. The project brought together 40 entrepreneurs from Cornwall and Finistere and asked who are the people doing business at the end of the land and is there any resemblance? View the short films here.
  • Acting as lead partner in the Cross Channel Film Lab which brings together eleven partners, from the south of the UK and the north of France, with screenwriters, directors and producers working with the latest technologies in Stereo 3D and digital visual effects.
  • Support for strategic arts and museums clients -  providing grants and staff resources
  • Advice, guidance and signposting for Arts and Creative Industries organisations, businesses and individuals.
  • Overseeing the Council's art collection, the majority of which is managed by the Royal Cornwall Museum.

For listings of forthcoming arts and museums events in Cornwall you might like to take a look at: