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.

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Creativity & Culture Exchange 2022

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On 8th November, the Culture & Creativity Exchange continues with a full day of workshops exploring issues around the environment and sustainability for creatives and cultural organisations.

The Culture & Creativity Exchange is a series of events with the goal of bringing people together from the creative and cultural sectors and encouraging dialogue, collaboration and cross-pollination. The events will take place at Epiphany House over four days (3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th November).

Make It Happen | 8th & 9th November | Epiphany House, Truro

Two full days packed with more creative showcases, talks and workshops examining how creatives and heritage organisations can adapt to meet the challenges of equality, diversity and inclusion (8th November), and environment and sustainability (9th November). Explore these important subjects with other creatives, experts from Real Ideas, and specialists operating locally and nationally.

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Peruse the programme info below and cherrypick the sessions that intrigue you. We hope that you’ll join us for the whole day, but there is no obligation to do so.

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Make it Happen - Day 1 8th November

10:00 - 11:00 Prioritising Environmental Responsibility at The Box

A talk on how to become more environmentally responsible without breaking the bank.

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10:00 - 11:00 Sustainable Business Planning

Sustainability is a hot topic, with many SDG goals supporting long-term sustainability in business. Attend this workshop to learn more about sustainability in the workplace, what it is, why it matters and which of your business plans needs a sustainable refresh.

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11:15 - 12:30 A Story of Suffrage in Plymouth

A Story of Suffrage in Plymouth is a learning and engagement activity developed for The Box over lockdown. This project aims to teach children (KS2 and KS3) about the suffrage movement through web-only resources as well as an interactive element. This project was designed to work in The Box as well as being sent out to schools.

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11:15 - 12:30 Heritage at the Heart of an Evolving Cornwall

How Cornwall’s distinctiveness can help shape a more sustainable and resilient future for Cornwall.
Tamsin Daniel will give a short presentation on the ambitions of Cornwall’s historic environment
strategy and then will open the floor up to a discussion around how the heritage, culture
and creative sector can help unlock the potential of our historic buildings in particular and
revitalise town centres.

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13:15 - 14:00 How to write a sustainable and environmental business strategy for funding applications

13:15 - 14:00 How to write a sustainable retail plan for organisations

Let’s not limit sustainability to plastic bags and recycling tins but understand the various workplace areas that intersect to ensure we build long-term sustainable businesses. This session will break down all the business departments and enable organisations to learn about sustainability, from the supply chain to the cost of marketing, before leaning into the business plan framework for your organisation. Come for the knowledge and leave with the first draft of a sustainable retail plan.

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14:15 - 15:30 How to write a carbon management plan

From carbon footprinting to implementing change, an introduction to some practical steps you can take to reduce your environmental impact.

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14:15 - 15:30 Returning The Stories

In late summer 2022, two undergraduate students at the University of Plymouth piloted an initiative to explore the rich history of tin mining in Cornwall. Engaging with Heartlands Cornish Heritage and Culture based in Camborne and Redruth, they joined forces to deploy an innovative story-telling and visualisation approach that combined oral history interviews with illustration arts. Their outputs not only make a valuable community-focussed contribution to the Heartlands’ public history resources, but the engagement of the participants and students has established a foundation to grow a deeper and mutually-beneficial and co-creative relationship of activity. Central to this initiative is ‘Returning the Stories, an’ approach, method, and ethos conceptualised through the transnational oral history and storytelling research of Darren Aoki (Associate Prof. in World History & Oral History), mobilized in the practice and teaching of John Kilburn (Lecturer in Illustration), and – in the case of Cornish tin mining heritage – facilitated through the knowledge exchange development of Jo Dean (Creative Business Advisor) of Creative Kernow, and sponsored generously by Cultivator, a business development programme working closely with Creative Kernow to promote the heritage industries in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This presentation will introduce this exciting coming together of individuals, organisations, and communities in the Heartlands collaboration, and explore the many possibilities opened in the ‘Returning the Stories’ journey of sharing.

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15:30 - 16:30 Creative Showcase: Sovay Berriman (Meskla)

This is a project taking place across multiple venues in Redruth, from June-December 2022. This multi-platform artwork uses sculpture and conversation to explore contemporary Cornish cultural identity. Rubbish sculpture making & conversation workshops are running alongside podcasts, a symposium and an exhibition. The project invites people to share their experiences of identity and Cornwall, their views on Cornish culture and its relationship with heritage, tourism, land and extraction industries, and to consider how what we discuss relates to broader contexts – historically, nationally and globally, and to Celtic Nation and UK National Minority statuses. The shared making activity allows the conversation to flow in a slightly different way than might be usual, providing contemplation space while practical concerns of material-based exploration and sculpture building focused upon. Sovay will be hosting a drop-in rubbish sculpture and conversation-making table at the MA conference, facilitating a meandering conversation with and amongst participants, who can engage to ranging degrees, whilst they play with various making materials. These sculptures would be added to the MESKLA exhibition at Krowji later this autumn/winter. Sovay will also have paper-based literature and information for links to the MESKLA podcasts and the symposium recording.

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15:30 - 16:30 Creative Showcase: Tough Dough (Celtic Camino)

Tough Dough is in the process of setting up a 3 year project. Celtic Camino aims to establish a creative exchange between Cornwall and Galicia that explores the historic, cultural and trade links between the two regions. The focal point will be the connection between the existing pilgrim routes of St Michael’s Way in West Cornwall and the Camino Ingles in Galicia. They want to generate interest in their historic walking routes, the environment and contemporary culture and use these as a basis for cultural exchange between artists, organisations and communities. They will use a mixture of digital media and actual collaborations to deliver different strands over the 3 years focussing on: • Artists exchanges in the form of exhibitions and events • Using creative tools (podcasts, apps, publications, artwork) to celebrate and support local heritage and tourism • Projects involving communities in our rural locations they visited Galicia at the end of April 2022 to carry out research, walk sections of the Camino Ingles and meet artists and organisations interested in developing a collaborative project. They met with like-minded individuals and organisations wanting to celebrate connections of culture, land and sea and find creative and inspiring ways to engage with communities. As a result, they have established a network keen to work with them and develop a long-term project with.

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