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 Kernow
FEAST, making great art happen across Cornwall

Welcome to FEAST

FEAST harnesses the many talents and energies of Cornwall’s artists and communities to create inspiring opportunities for people to come together and enjoy high quality arts as participants and audiences. Bringing artists together with community volunteers to launch or invigorate local festivals and events. We also work with partner organisations to offer new creative ways of tackling some of the social, economic or environmental issues facing Cornwall.

We invite you to get involved as an artist, a community producer or participant.

Latest news at FEAST and the Covid 19 crisis period

For information and advice if you are an existing FEAST grant holder or applicant click here.

FEAST RE-IGNITION FUND

In addition we are announcing a new FEAST RE-IGNITION FUND to try and support and mobilise Cornwall’s creative sector in this crisis. To help artists bring their creative skills to offsetting some of the worst social effects of the current health pandemic.

We are inviting ideas from artists about how people isolated at home could be engaged and connected with – so they do still feel part of a community and can exercise their own imaginations and skills – maybe in producing something that also gets seen or heard by others.  Ideas which reach older people confined under the 3 month curfew, children and parents now at home, activities that can lift the spirits of your community generally – all required!

We do not have the answers but know the people who do!

Initially we are offering grants of up to £1,000. This can cover the costs of your time, materials etc. You are not required to find match funding.

Activities obviously have to be safe and avoid physical gatherings. We are imagining on line, telephone, postal, remote spectacle? 

We want things to happen very fast, and expect ideas that can be executed very locally at first. 

We intend to be as flexible and responsive as possible so will select successful projects each Monday morning ie. just send your idea in at any time

Please remember that older people who are most affected are less likely to be active on line, so while we expect there to be many ideas involving on line activities, this is not the only solution.

If you have not received a grant from us before – so you are not on our system – we will want your cv and a local referee to vouch for you. 

We need projects to have a life affirming impact on people. The current crisis is likely to  last for some time, so we would like you to think about how you could continue to maintain contact with your beneficiaries even if your actual project activity is over.

If you have an idea that is bigger than can be met by a £1,000 grant, please get in touch with us and we will consider how to respond.

As with a normal FEAST grant we will expect you to be responsible for your project , have all necessary licences, insurances  permissions etc. Requirements re publicity will be suspended.

We will still expect an evaluation at the end of your project and as normal will keep 10% of your grant until we receive that.

We know you will understand that FEAST has limited funds and this new funding stream will still have to be competitive.  Check the FEAST criteria on our website to understand what we try to achieve. The Re-Ignition Fund application form can be downloaded from our website now.

New opportunities for artists

The Leach Pottery is celebrating its centenary in 2020 and to mark this they are offering a number of artist commissions. The commissions will salute the traditions of the Leach Pottery while looking to the future and the next 100 years. FEAST is supporting the commissioning process. For more information please follow this link https://www.leachpottery.com/leach-100-open-call-commissions

Another significant Cornish anniversary, the 60th birthday of Cornwall’s Area of Outstanding Beauty, saw the commissioning of Golden Tree to create a landmark piece of art work. Kerdroya, a colossal labyrinth made from our own iconic Cornish hedging, will be built on Bodmin Moor. Golden Tree are looking for an artist to create the centre piece of the labyrinth. For full details: https://www.facebook.com/notes/golden-tree-productions/opportunity-for-artists-open-call-for-ideas/3381645451910273/

We are working on an exciting new venture: Bill’s Attic. Bill Mitchell, artistic director of WildWorks and Kneehigh, has left an extraordinary 40 years of creating and collecting for the benefit of artists and creators in Cornwall. Bill’s Attic is relocating to Krowji and will be managed by FEAST. We had a wonderful fund raising evening at Redruth Drapery in December and are now planning the design and relocation phase. We expect to be open at the end of April.

How lucky we are to live somewhere boasting such history and creativity!!

About Us

FEAST on Twitter

Along with @cornwallmp, we are running a tea and cake session for artists, museums and galleries who want to connect and learn more about Bright Sparks funding. If you’re interested get in touch!! https://t.co/ffvB5UooLA

 

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FEAST on Facebook

 

FEAST Stories

We ask every project to provide us with an evaluation.  We have a filing cabinet full of 11 years of amazing feedback – the highs and the lows but mostly the highs! To really understand the impact that art can have, read about some recent projects.

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"FEAST has to have devised one of the best funding models I have ever come across: applications are simple, all applications are scrutinised and because the pots of money are not massive but are big enough to make something happen, artists are challenged to network, work in partnership and innovate to find other forms of money or support in kind, and this really stretches us and in a good way."
"This stretchiness has really brought communities together through the arts. Artists work hard for the FEAST logo on their work and so they should.” – An artist’s viewpoint
"I felt totally at ease even though I started off tense and so nervous. I have never felt confident enough to dance and now am keen to conquer that and continue to learn."
"We massively appreciate how you support artists and trust them to do their work. Your funding has we hope been a spring board to a much bigger venture for us and the community of Bodmin and other communities and has enabled us to test new approaches to our creative engagement with others."

Our Latest Projects

The official list of FEAST projects covering the length and breadth of Cornwall. However big or small, they are all part of the FEAST family.



Digital Dance Discovery

Life Echo Memory Shanty Festival

Dancing in Your Street

Salon De Vie!

The Bigger Picture

As well as running our core grants programmes, FEAST works in a variety of ways to make the cultural offer in Cornwall brighter and more diverse.  For example, for many years we have run a network for community led festivals in Cornwall.  We have also developed some very good partnerships  which enable us to do more: Cornwall Community Foundation matches some of our grant offers; Game Changer enables us to work with young people seeking find their path in life and Fun Palaces is a way for us to bring out the artist in everyone!

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