Cornwall Council has awarded a series of grants to support cultural organisations and venues across Cornwall.
These includes funding from the Council’s HALLS for Cornwall grant programme which was set up to make local venues more comfortable for audiences, helping them attract high quality programming, reduce their overhead costs and increase their earned income while the Hall for Cornwall is closed for major building works.
The funding will be used to enable 11 venues across Cornwall from Calstock Arts to Newquay Lane Theatre and the Tolmen Centre in Constantine to improve their facilities. The projects include new roofs, lighting and sound equipment and better dressing rooms.
Welcoming the awards, Julian German, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economy and Culture, said “I am thrilled to see venues in communities across Cornwall supported through this scheme. Many of our smaller venues are supported by loyal teams of volunteers and I would like to thank them for their dedication in bringing great quality performing arts to our villages and towns for all to enjoy.”
Paul Mullin, Chairman of The Acorn Theatre, Penzance, which has received one of the grants, said “‘We are absolutely delighted and enormously grateful to Cornwall Council for making such a large contribution to the Theatre’s Refurbishment Programme.
“As a result of this grant, we can replace our aging boiler and upgrade parts of the theatre to LED lighting – which will both save energy and reduce our running costs. We’ll also be able to decorate the main auditorium and upgrade the dressing rooms, so the place will be more inviting for performers and customers alike. Taken together, all this will help make the theatre more financially viable and sustainable for the people of Penzance and Penwith in future.
“Great news! Many thanks Cornwall Council. Watch this space!”
Alongside this funding, the Culture Revenue Grants scheme will also vest in 18 key cultural organisations from 2018-2022 sustaining a plethora of activity in theatre companies, museums, literature, dance, music, the visual arts and associated support services. This includes support for four new organisations – The Charles Causley Trust (based in Launceston); Dance Republic 2 (based near Newquay); Endelienta (based near Port Isaac) and KEAP – Kernow Arts Education Partnership (based in Camborne).
“Not only will investments in our key cultural organisations give Cornish residents the opportunity to enjoy a diverse range of creative and heritage activities it will also strengthen our economy and attract visitors to Cornwall” said Julian German. “Cornwall should cherish its excellent cultural companies particularly as we work together towards developing the Truro –Cornwall European Capital of Culture designation.”
Amanda Harris, Director of Kernow Arts Education Partnership ( KEAP) one of the four new organisations to receive support, said “We are delighted that we have been offered the opportunity to be a Culture Revenue grant client of Cornwall Council. As a small organisation committed to creating opportunities for young people to access and participate in the arts it means a lot to us to have the recognition from Cornwall Council.”
Over 80 children from local primary, secondary and home-education groups have been the first to explore the inspiring world of The Writers’ Block.
The first cohort taking part in the five-week writing course has included pupils from Brannel, Grade Ruan, Penponds, St Martin’s-in-Meneage and Troon. It’s been wonderful to watch these young writers find their feet and valuable, at this early stage, to have a mixture of children. We have a group that’s been very focused on boys writing and we’re working with Keskowethyans MAT, who have brought several children from a number of schools.
The Writer’s Block is essentially an inspirational writing space made up of different rooms, installations and immersive experiences created from all arts disciplines, including music and sound. All of the artworks, sculptures and sound installations have been designed specifically to inspire writing and cultivate writing confidence.
Professional writers and educationalists Becca Gregson, Rob Lane, Joe Lewis, Annamaria Murphy and Wyl Menmuir have been leading our first series of courses, gently coaxing and encouraging participants to see themselves as young writers from the outset.
“From the moment they set foot in the building they were called writers, that is how they are regarded, that is how they are spoken to and that is how they now see themselves” comments Ellie Watkins from St Martin’s-in-Meneage.
As part of our on going talent development programme, funded by ACE, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Ernest Cook and Garfield Weston, KEAP have recruited performers, creative directors and emerging workshop leaders to join The Writer’s Block team as trainees. Observing and teaching alongside the course leaders is providing valuable training opportunities and professional development to a number of our Story Republicans, emerging Cornish writers, workshop leaders and creatives
Feedback from the first writing course has been extremely positive with teachers and support staff commenting that the CPD has been the best training they’ve had since leaving college or graduating as teachers. For some, the children’s development and growth in writing confidence has been powerfully overwhelming.
Have a listen…
Places are still available for next term and we can offer half or whole day workshops and immersion sessions if that better suits your school or group. If you would like to find out more about the course, workshops and other sessions we offer contact:
On Monday 20th March, Story Republican Jo Lumber ran a taster day for home-educators who travelled from all over Cornwall to enjoy this fully subscribed session.
With a group of all ages, children imagined and explored the worlds hidden inside The Cabinet of Curiosities and we had poems, lists and stories about explorers, dreams, far-off planets and all manner of journeys from one world to another.
With so much great feedback and participation and parents very much enjoying being part of the learning process (and getting lots of ideas to take home), we’ve just set the next three dates.
Monday 22nd May – developing a character
Monday 19th June – writing with music
Monday 17th July – writing about place
The sessions run from 10am to midday, £10 per child.
Hours: 15 hours per week, (preferably worked as 4 x half-days)
Salary: £33,073 – £38,341 pro rata (band 9)
Deadline for applications: 9am, 5th December 2016
This challenging and varied part-time role will see the successful candidate working as part of a highly motivated team. The role offers the right candidate the opportunity to take a lead in the further development of one of the South West’s leading arts venues.
You will be responsible for assisting the Board and Director in ensuring the sound financial management of the charity and will have line management responsibility for a part-time Office Administrator.
Job outline Employee Spec and Application Form can all be viewed and downloaded from our website
Email your completed application form, along with a covering letter explaining your suitability for the role, to firstname.lastname@example.org with Finance Manager Application in the subject line.
Join Jim Causley, writer in residence Karen Hayes and local school children at a celebration of Charles Causley’s poetry for National Poetry Day. Thursday 6th October, Launceston Town Hall, 7.30pm, entrance £5.00. For more information click: national-poetry-day-event
Creative Skills are looking for experienced, energetic individuals to create the Admin team for Cultivator – an innovative new project providing sector relevant, advanced skills and business support for Cornwall’s Creative Industries SMEs. For more information click here
We are really delighted to announce that on Friday 22nd July Redrow Homes is sponsoring a free community afternoon for local people living in the TR14 and TR15 postcode areas. To download the flyer click here.
Sessions will run at 12.30, 1.45pm, 3pm and 4.15pm. As well as taking part in the Bear Hunt adventure, there will be lots of games to play and arts and crafts activities.
To book click here and there is a £1 booking fee per transaction.