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Arts funding dished out to arts organisations across Cornwall

Arts funding dished out to arts organisations across Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 8:42am 19th June 2020. (Updated at 8:49am 19th June 2020)

Dozens of arts projects and organisations across Cornwall are being awarded funding amid the coronavirus crisis.

Arts Council England is investing £8.5 million across the south west to support the arts and culture sector.

1,175 individuals and organisations in the region have been awarded Covid-19 funding – including the likes of the National Maritime Museum, Cscape Dance Company, The Poly and Golden Tree Productions in the Duchy.

Announced in March, the Arts Council’s emergency response package was designed to help alleviate the immediate pressures faced by artists, creative practitioners, arts organisations, museums, and libraries over summer – supporting them as they continue to serve their communities during this crisis and affording them the time to stabilise and plan for the future. 

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Supporting independent organisations:

£50 million of the Arts Council’s emergency response package was available to support organisations outside of the Arts Council’s National Portfolio, with £6.5 million awarded to 302 organisations across the South West.

Ensuring equitable access to funding, and a continued commitment to diversity and inclusion, underpinned the guidance for the emergency response package and funding priorities.

Over £678,600 has been invested to support 31 disability-led organisations across the South West, almost £600,000 has been awarded to 25 Black and minority ethnic-led organisations and over £3 million of funding has been awarded to female-led organisations.

Supporting individuals:

The Arts Council has awarded 873 grants totalling £2 million to individual artists and creative practitioners across the South West. In addition to this, £4 million was distributed across the country to a series of Benevolent Funds supporting cultural workers, including musicians, stage technicians and conservators.

Almost £182,000 has been awarded to individuals from a Black and minority ethnic background across the South West, with £248,6000 directly supporting D/deaf or disabled applicants. Crucially, many applicants from underrepresented groups were receiving Arts Council funding for the first time. 

The grants announced today cover the first two elements of the Arts Council’s £160 million emergency support package. £90 million was also made available to support National Portfolio Organisations, with decisions on this funding currently underway.

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Patchwork Studios. Photo: Dom Moore

“We’re proud to have turned this emergency funding programme around in such a short space of time, with the help from our partners in Government and from our team members working in their home offices. Arts Council has been able to award these grants at a critical time, to so many brilliant artists, creative practitioners and cultural organisations who suddenly found themselves in a difficult position due to Covid-19.

"The creative and cultural sector helps to generate the local economy, provides jobs, improves people’s wellbeing and helps us to make sense of the world. And like so many other sectors, it has never faced a challenge of this scale which is why we are pleased to make this funding announcement today, in the knowledge that this funding will not just keep the lights on but will also connect many people at this challenging time.”

Phil Gibby, Area Director, Arts Council England, South West

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"We are incredibly thankful and humbled that the Arts Council have chosen to recognise the worth and potential of our community venture at such a critical time. As a small team of musicians and artists who have dedicated ourselves to creating inclusive spaces unique to our area, it's heart-warming to receive this vital support at such a pivotal point in our development.

"The overwhelming community support that we have received has been the catalyst to this progression, and we could not be more grateful to the Arts Council for enabling us to bring our ambitious visions for the future of Patchwork Studios and Garrison Gallery into fruition for the benefit of all we serve."

Tom Ogilvie, Director, Patchwork Studios in Cornwall

Where in Cornwall has received the funding?


Kestle Barton £23,050.00 Visual arts St Ives
Endelienta £15,000.00 Combined arts North Cornwall
ARTiculate Collective £20,595.00 Combined arts North Cornwall
Bash Street Theatre £23,180.00 Combined arts St Ives
Patchwork Studios CIC £26,495.00 Combined arts South East Cornwall
Dance Centred £11,200.00 Dance South East Cornwall
The Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society Ltd. £34,488.00 Combined arts Truro and Falmouth
Sterts £21,560.00 Theatre South East Cornwall
The Penthouse NQ £18,900.00 Visual arts St Ives
Supernormal Festival £29,050.00 Combined arts St Ives
Scary Little Girls £34,500.00 Theatre Truro and Falmouth
Prodigal Theatre £24,500.00 Theatre St Austell and Newquay
National Maritime Museum Cornwall Trust £35,000.00 Museums Truro and Falmouth
CAST £28,170.00 Visual arts St Ives
Field Notes £11,500.00 Visual arts Camborne and Redruth
'Owdyado Theatre £14,239.00 Theatre Truro and Falmouth
Redwing Contemporary Art CIC £15,849.00 Visual arts St Ives
Cousin Jack's Theatre Company £12,500.00 Theatre Camborne and Redruth
Golden Tree Productions £32,487.00 Not discipline specific Camborne and Redruth
Cscape Dance Company £14,963.00 Dance Truro and Falmouth
Shallal £13,340.00 Dance St Ives
Back Lane West £3,434.00 Visual arts Camborne and Redruth
Moogie Wonderland £22,909.00 Combined arts Truro and Falmouth
Dance Republic 2 CIC £18,600.00 Dance North Cornwall
Megabeast Productions Ltd £9,654.00 Theatre South East Cornwall
Drawn to the Valley £6,500.00 Visual arts South East Cornwall
Access Theatre £2,397.00 Theatre South East Cornwall
Canvas Theatre £22,572.00 Theatre Camborne and Redruth
Telegraph Museum Porthcurno £35,000.00 Museums St Ives
o-region £10,075.00 Theatre Truro and Falmouth
St Eval Archive £10,000.00 Not discipline specific North Cornwall
Fish Factory Arts CIC £25,000.00 Visual arts Truro and Falmouth
Eden Trust £35,000.00 Other/Not Known St Austell and Newquay

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