KEAP is an arts education charity set up in 2001 by Arts Council England in partnership with Cornwall Council.

Over the last 15 years KEAP has grown in skills, experience and reputation.  As an organisation, we aim to enhance learning and participation through the arts and offer a variety of events, educational and training programmes, conferences and workshops.

In the last few years KEAP has evolved and developed a completely new initiative, The Story Republic, which celebrates the place of story in Cornwall’s culture. In February 2017, we opened The Writers’ Block, an immersive, creative writing space on the Cornwall College campus in Camborne where we champion the writer in everyone.

Working closely with artists, performers and writers KEAP creates immersive experiences for primary and secondary schools, education providers, community groups and a wide range of cultural organisations.  These include City of Lights, Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum, Cornwall Music Education Hub,  Hall For Cornwall, Fowey Festival and Cornwall 365 amongst others.  After all, two heads are better than one!

We are a member of the Cornwall Music Education Hub steering group, the Local Action Group for Community Led Local Development and the Feast Advisory Group.

KEAP is a Company Limited by Guarantee No. 4253902 with charitable status. Registered Charity No. 1095166

The Team:

Amanda Harris  Director

Helen Reynolds  Development Manager

Polly Roberts  Programme Assistant

Jane Pugh Community Facilitator

Anna Murphy – Artistic Director


Sir Tim Rice

The Board:

Cat Gibbard (Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange) – Chair

Ross Williams (Creative Kernow) – Treasurer

Lindsey Hall (Real Ideas Organisation)

Jo Harvey ( St Dennis Academy)

Rob Lane (English Specialist)

David Barton (Cornwall Association of Secondary Headteachers)

Graeme Plunkett (Cornwall Council, Education)

Casey Bottono (Emerging writer)

Ian Abrahams (Hall for Cornwall & Royal Cornwall Museum)