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.
RE-IGNITION 2 – Second FEAST FUND to respond to Covid 19 challenges.
We launched the FEAST Re – Ignition Fund in March, at the very beginning of lockdown. We wanted to help artists bring their creative skills to offset some of the worst social effects of the health pandemic.
This was completely new territory. We did not know what to expect but the response from Cornwall’s artists has been amazing. We have funded 43 projects, all offering different ways of making creativity and culture an important aspect of local community life – while keeping people safe. This feedback from a Re –Ignition artist confirms we need to keep doing what we are.
“ The funding was very helpful at motivating us to continue to be creative as artists, and most importantly value our role in the community as artists. Of course, the money helped us to pay our mortgage and bills.. but it also gave us an assurance and ambition to provide something to our village that only we could.”
And this quote from someone who participates in an on line dance class is one of scores we have received, and gives a great picture of the all- round benefits of doing something creative.
“Right from the beginning of lock down [the artist] has been there for all of us, a friendly familiar fun face giving us an infectious burst of daily energy. This has helped us get going and provided a flexible structure for us around home school and work etc. Lock down at times has been hectic and tiring. However, dance completely takes your mind away and you focus. The challenges have got us thinking in a different way and will be one of the positive memories of all this.
Now as FEAST, we need to move to the next stage and commission projects which are responding to the new realities…whatever they are??
What will people want in the coming months, what will be the impacts of social distancing on cultural activities and people’s attitudes to each other, how would we respond to a second wave?
There are no experts here but between us we need to find solutions. With the full backing of our funders, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council, we are launching Re –Ignition 2 to harness the collective intelligence and energy of Cornwall’s creative sector. This time we are putting a slightly different emphasis on the questions we are asking you.
We want to know what you see as a significant issue facing your community (and this can be a geographical community or a community of interest), and what creative project you wish to run that would help tackle this issue. It’s the difference between buying a plant for your garden and then deciding where to put it, and identifying a spot in your garden and finding the plant that suits it!
We are delighted to have secured extra funding from Cornwall Community Foundation’s Emergency Fund for Re – Ignition 2. This is a recognition of the meaningful impact creative activity has on the health and well being of individuals and communities
We want to harvest your intelligence about what is going on out there and really push the boundaries of what we can do as a sector to make the world a better, kinder, fairer, more connected, environmentally sensitive and healthy place. And in return for changing the world we can offer you a grant of up to £1,000!
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 by the beginning of August.
How lucky we are to live somewhere boasting such history and creativity!!About Us