Funded by the European Social Fund, the European Regional Development Fund, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council.

Creative Kernow

Tonia Lu

Visual Art and Craft Creative Business Advisor

Championing visual arts and craft based in rural places has always been my passion.

Started with Deveron Project, an international socially engaged artist residency programme in Aberdeenshire, I have worked with a selection of rural-based organisations and projects including Fife Contemporary Art & Craft, Environmental Art Festival Scotland and Elements Festival, often with a wide range of partners from commercial galleries, community organisations to the Forestry Commission and NHS Scotland.

My interest in the visual arts and craft sector in Cornwall started through dialogues with Cornwall Open Studios, when I worked with Upland Arts Development – an organisation that brings together artists and makers from across southwest Scotland, with the key vision of raising the profile of the sector. As well as advising artists, I developed events, exhibitions and commissioning opportunities for artists and makers – including the organisation’s pioneering national and international partnerships exhibition programmes in 2014 and 2015, as well as brokering external opportunities within the region and beyond. I completed my PhD on arts development in rural places at University of Glasgow in 2015.

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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