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

Bright Sparks


This is a joint grants fund for artists and museums

Cornwall has the richest of histories, explored by more than 70 museums located right across Cornwall. It also has a wealth of artists eager to engage with the people, stories and communities of Cornwall.

Now Cornwall Museums Partnership and FEAST are challenging museums and artists to work together to generate original ideas for bringing more and different people into the museums of Cornwall to enjoy Cornwall’s unique heritage.  We have established a joint small grants fund to enable the best ideas to be tested and delivered.

We are looking for genuine innovation and collaboration between artist(s) and museum, and for ideas which would appeal to a broad range of the community.  We are inviting proposals for creative projects which spark interest in what museums have to offer: we want more people interested in their local history and more people doing or experiencing something creative.  At this early stage we are offering a number of small grants of up to £2,500.  The project must involve some form of tangible activity or event with which the community can get involved.

Applications must be made jointly by artist(s) and museum.  Ideas must be generated collaboratively and plans for delivery shared by both. We imagine that some of the strongest ideas may come from an artist working with their local museum, but are not making this an absolute condition.  You choose whether it is the artist(s) or museum who is the grant recipient on behalf of the project.

Our criteria:

Additional factors

The deadline for first round of applications can be found on the Application Deadline page.  Do not plan for any activity to start until at least 3 weeks after that date.

For grants over £1,000 we will pay in 3 stages: 50% up front, 40% on receipt of an interim report and the final 10% on receipt of a project evaluation (templates provided by us).

For grants under £1,000 we will pay 90% up front and 10% on receipt of evaluation.

Selection of successful projects will be made by a panel of FEAST and Cornwall Museum Partnership directors and a member of each organisation’ s board or advisory group.

Please phone the FEAST office and speak to Jack Morrison, or the Cornwall Museum Partnership office if you are thinking of putting in an application. We are very keen to offer advice and support – even if your application is not successful you might find these conversations helpful!  If you are a museum which wants to pick up this opportunity but are uncertain about which artist to approach, Jack may be able to help.



Tel: 01209312502

Cornwall Museums Partnership:

Tel: 01209500750