Creative Kernow

Creative Kernow

Creative Kernow, based at Krowji, is the umbrella organisation for the following nine projects. Together we support the production, promotion and distribution of work by creative practitioners in Cornwall because we believe in creativity’s transformative power and want more people to benefit from it.

Creative and Cultural Leadership Programme

Supporting the next generation of creative and cultural leaders in the creative economy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Creativity runs through the DNA of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly – with a can-do, sharing culture and long history of thinking and doing things differently. The region is home to a rich ecosystem of creative businesses, freelancers and cultural organisations that interact in a web of informal networks and relationships.

To achieve its ambition to be the leading creative rural economy, it needs a new generation of leaders who can:

  • meet the challenges and opportunities of the future – social, economic and environmental
  • raise the game and work collaboratively, demonstrate the value and promote the creative economy of C&IoS.

The Creative and Cultural Leadership Development Programme – led by the University of Plymouth and Cultivator and designed and delivered by Golant Innovation (the enterprise arm of The Audience Agency)  with Mandy Berry – is designed to meet that challenge.

The programme will take 2 cohorts of creative and cultural practitioners who have been drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds including freelancers and emerging leaders with different types of experience designed to reflect the makeup of the creative and cultural workforce across the region.

“We’re excited to be empowering participants to recognise themselves as leaders and realise their potential – and to demonstrate how people can build creative careers in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly,” comments Jane Sutherland, Director of the Cultivator programme at Creative Kernow. “Together we can increase recognition of the value and opportunity of the creative sector for the local economy.”

“This is a great chance for me – as a creative entrepreneur who grew up in Cornwall – to return here and support others like me to stay and build their businesses here,” says Patrick Towell, Executive Director of Golant Innovation. “Our first cohort are living proof of the interconnectedness of the arts, culture and heritage with the commercial creative industries and tourism sectors.”

“I am so pleased to be part of designing and delivering this important initiative for C&IoS as I am passionate about strengthening Cornwall’s position as the leading rural creative economy. The programme’s participants will make a real contribution to helping Cornwall’s creative sector demonstrate what it can contribute both to Cornwall, the wider UK and internationally” says Mandy Berry, Programme Director.

The Creative and Cultural Leadership Programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Cornwall Council, Arts Council England and HM Government.


Meet the first cohort

Verity Anthony
Visitor Experience and Collections Manager, Bodmin Keep: Cornwall’s Army Museum
Twitter: @BodminKeep @VerityJEAnthony

Alessandra Ausenda
Artist and Director, Tough Dough
Instagram: @ausendaalessandra @tough_dough_cic

Megan Beck
Director, Grays Wharf
Instagram: @grayswharfstudios

Jonny Dry
Film Director, Studio Erma
Instagram: @_jonnydry

Hannah Irwin
iMayflower Project and Knowledge Exchange Manager, University of Plymouth
Twitter: @_hibby

Bethany Lyne
Project Manager, Cornwall 365

Anna Renton
Director, Penlee House Gallery & Museum

Emily Sorrell
Peddlar of Design Innovation in the Heritage Sector
Twitter: @emdoesdesign
Instagram: @emilydoesdesignsometimes

Robin James Sullivan
Instagram: @Bro_Mate

Cerisia Ta’Torin
Poet & Illustrator, Cerisia Ta’Torin Illustrations
Instagram: @tatorin_illustrations

Joe Turnbull
Founder, Bull & Wolf Film Co.
Insta: @bullandwolffilm
Facebook: @bullandwolf


What they said about the programme…