Meet the FEAST team
Rose Barnecut: FEAST Director
In 2008, as Joint Director of Cornwall County Council’s Creative Unit, I wrote the business plan which secured Arts Council England investment and launched the FEAST journey. The real culture and spirit of the programme was established in the first 6 months as I worked alongside the amazing and inspirational Laura Hardman. FEAST today is a tribute to Laura’s wisdom and generous creativity.
Three years later FEAST found its home with Cornwall Arts Centre Trust, who now employ me as director to oversee the delivery of the programme and ensure it meets the high ambitions we have set. My job is to maintain an overview of the balance of the programme, spot gaps and opportunities and make sure that FEAST can continue to deliver real change for communities and the creative sector.
I work as FEAST director for half the week and the rest of my life is spent sharing the running of our organic family farm. I like the idea that, as primary producers, artists and farmers share common territory.
I am Cornish and feel passionately that Cornwall has something special to give the world. I understand the way communities work: I have been a parish councillor, on the playing field committee, organiser of the village millennium ball. I have taught English in schools and in FE colleges and know the transformative powers of the arts on young lives. I run a business and have set up a producers marketing cooperative. Most of all, in the last few years, I have been privileged to work with some truly talented artists and creative organisations. I absolutely believe in what they can bring to the communities of Cornwall and my mission is to translate that into real opportunity.
Jack Morrison – Project Manager
Jack is the FEAST project manager and a lot of his time is spent developing ideas with artists so that they fit the aims of FEAST. He also manages the FEAST “systems”, an increasingly challenging task as the number of projects we have going live multiply in number.
Jack was born in Redruth, about six hundred yards from where his desk is now. He studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, has worked on many international projects and was the first Stage Manager hired by the Globe Theatre in London where he remained for eight years. He moved back down in 2002 and has worked all over Cornwall with companies such as the Eden Project, the Works and Kneehigh. For him the best thing about coming to work each day is listening to the incredible and inspiring artists and individuals who contact FEAST.
Governance: Cornwall Arts Centre Trust (ACT) is the accountable body and legally responsible for delivering the FEAST programme. ACT employs the Director and Project Manager, both part time posts. The ACT Board receives a quarterly report from FEAST. There is also a FEAST Advisory Group which provides creative sector expertise and connectivity.
The FEAST programme has been developed in partnership with Cornwall Council and they continue to be closely involved, commissioning FEAST to deliver the community strand of their cultural programme. ACT is a new Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, with FEAST one of the programmes that ACT is delivering. Arts Council England South West and Cornwall Council are FEAST principal funders