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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Culture & Creativity Exchange 2022

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View the programme for the final day of the Creative & Culture Exchange (9th November) - a day of workshops exploring equality, diversity, and inclusion 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)

Two full days packed with 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 2 - 9th November

10:00 - 11:00 Creating inclusive opportunities in the workforce

As a result of the pandemic, many workplaces have come under scrutiny for not being diverse, inclusive or creating an environment of belonging. Encouraging diverse teams in the workplace can increase productivity and profits by over 30% and retain staff 5x longer. Inclusive workplaces are no more a nice to have but a necessity to ensure that your organisation can maintain long-term growth, employment and success, especially in this hyper-competitive landscape. This session will discuss the different terms surrounding inclusive workplaces and open an honest discussion around the challenges of creating inclusive workplaces, and businesses with leave with tangible tips to take into their organisations.

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10:00 - 11:00 Wellbeing for individuals: The importance of looking after self

This interactive session with a wellbeing specialist will get you thinking about yourself and will give you an over view of wellbeing, self-reflection and hints and tips on how to achieve a better state of wellbeing. This workshop will cover the following topics:

  • How are you?
  • Grounding techniques
  • Resilience
  • Perspective control
  • Boundaries

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11:15 How to write a strategy for inclusion

Effective strategies take into account the today to ensure the tomorrow is manageable. With under 50% of leaders knowing how to ensure they are empowering inclusive workplaces, this workshop will present a guided framework to understand, build and implement an inclusive strategy, which can be agreed upon by all staff members. Come with ideas and leave with your first draft of inclusive strategy plans.

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11:15 - 12:30 Hands on Heritage

Owain leads Hands on Heritage, an initiative funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund to increase the involvement of young people in heritage. This session will explore how the young people have been engaging, how they have influenced and changed the museum’s work, and how youth engagement is being embedded as the funding comes to an end.

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13:15 - 14:00 Wellbeing - Mental Health Skills for Managers

This brief overview is facilitated by a wellbeing specialist with over twenty years of experience and will look at the risks associated with managing team wellbeing, legal obligations and how you can best support your teams, covering:

  • Wellbeing overview
  • Organisational Risks
  • Team Resilience
  • Problem solving

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13:15 - 14:00 Diversity in Your Design Processes with Hannah Wood

Hannah Wood discusses inclusivity in programming and design. Hannah is the founder and Creative Director of Story Juice, a games development and interactive storytelling studio contributing to changing the narrative for women and girls in games. Story Juice is currently making feminist punk augmented reality game The Glass Ceiling Games, which has won two UK Games Fund grants for development. Hannah is also Lead Writer on two mixed reality games launching in the Natural History Museum and Science Museum in 2020 and then touring internationally. She lectures in Creative Writing and Games Development at Falmouth University, has a PhD in interactive narrative and is a retired roller derby player

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14:15 - 15:15 Digital Placemaking with Katharine Willis

Katharine S. Willis is Professor in Smart Cities and Communities in the School of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Plymouth. Her approach to smart cities is focused on the community in the spaces and the need to build from the ground-up to create inclusive environments. She has published widely on the topic; she is co-author with Alex Aurigi of two key Routledge volumes on Smart Cities, and the monograph Netspaces: Space and Place in a Networked World.  She is currently working on a range of funded research projects that explore how new technologies can create ways for people and communities to engage with place, with a particular focus on social and digital inclusion.

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14:15 - 15:15 Creative Showcase: Mischa Price - The Dartmoor Experience

The Dartmoor Explorer VR was developed with Dartmoor National Park Authority and students from the University of Plymouth MA Heritage and MA Smart Urban Futures programme. The project aims were to explore ways to bring the experience and heritage of the park to audience members who are underrepresented in the people seen currently accessing the park. To try and overcome the transport and cost barriers the project developed a set of immersive experiences that can bring the Moors to people instead of having to bring the people to the moors.

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14:15 - 15:15 Creative Showcase - Dominica Williamson

Movement heritage and Participatory tools – a display of two recent projects. With support from a project called Ruritage, Dominica led workshops to create innovative maps using a combination of geo-located data (locating a meaningful object on a map) and participants’ feelings and reflections on their local landscapes. Keen to replicate this visual method, Dominica subsequently developed a toolkit for training facilitators that included a printed manual and a box of materials, such as rope, scissors, pens and tote bags. Facilitators could then run their own workshops, having learned how to collect visual data in a methodical and creative manner. They were also able to monitor how people felt about changes in the landscape, such as heritage interventions. Following a project to restore a Neolithic quoit in Cornwall, a group of the participants were keen to extend their local knowledge by exploring nearby Fenton-la, a ruined early medieval chapel. Aided by oral history exchange, they organised participatory walks – chosen jointly after democratic discussion – with the aim of reclaiming lost trails and forgotten connections to these two sites. Through the process of mapmaking and re-walking the land, they began to discover, for example, why paths had fallen into disuse and why it was important for local heritage. The project team has also adopted the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to help gain funding.

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14:15 - 15:15 Anna Pope - Jewelwithy

Jewelwithy is a collaborative project set up by jewellery / interdisciplinary artist Anna Pope in 2016. It focuses on the critically endangered craft of withy pot making in the South West and involves documenting withy pot participants through film and photography with Cornwall College. In response to this research Anna has created a story, illustrated with etched brooches and prints, to be displayed at MAKE southwest alongside a selection of research and inside an exhibition book. During this exhibition there will also be talks, demonstrations and opportunities to make a section of a withy pot.

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15:15 - 16:30 Networking

We’ll cap off the day with informal networking – a chance to mingle with creatives and heritage people, reflecting on the talks and workshops that have happened throughout the four days.

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