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.

Tonia Lu

Visual Art and Craft Creative Business Advisor

Championing visual art and craft in rural places has always been my passion. Since relocating to Cornwall in 2017 and working with over 200 artists, makers, galleries and organisations through the first phase of Cultivator, I became immensely impressed and proud of the range of high-quality and ambitious work that is happening in Cornwall. Working here has equipped me with a unique insight into the successes and struggles shared by individuals and organisations in Cornwall, which continues to inform my work.

My background is in curating and project management. Prior to joining Cultivator, I have worked in programming and management roles with largely rural-based organisations and projects, including Upland Arts Development, Deveron Projects, Fife Contemporary, Environmental Art Festival Scotland and Elements Festival. As well as supporting artists, I developed exhibitions, events and commissioning opportunities for artists and makers. I take pride in my understanding in, and appreciation of, the broad range of work in the visual art and craft spectrum. I completed my PhD on arts development in rural places at the University of Glasgow in 2015.