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Covid-19 Advice & Support for the creative sector

Leach Pottery: Image Matthew TyasImage: Leach Pottery, image from Matthew Tyas

We understand that our cultural and creative sector is facing a challenging time. Cornwall Council through the Culture and Creative Economy Team intends to provide support. This is in recognition of the important contribution the creative sector is making to Cornwall’s unique creative ecology. We want to ensure that our Cornish culture and creativity is sustained during and beyond this unprecedented time. Therefore, we wanted to communicate our commitment in supporting the creative sector. We also wanted to share some useful resources. 

Theatre Artists Fund

This fund offers individual grants of £1,000 for freelance professional theatre workers. See the full list of eligible roles. In round one, they supported 1,600 creative practitioners across the UK. Arts Council England will support Round 2 of the fund, which opened for applications on Thursday 27 August.

The second round of applications is now open until 12pm on Thursday 10th September.

For more information visit the Theatre Artists Fund website.

Help Musicians' Financial Hardship Funding

Help Musicians is offering grants of £500 to professional musicians. Phase two launched in June and is providing monthly support from July to October. Arts Council England funding will support the launch of phase three in November.

For more information visit the Help Musicians' website.

Reopening the cultural sector

As the sector looks to reopen over the summer and beyond we suggest that cultural organisations keep an eye on the following websites:

These are frequently updated with the latest guidance and information.  We appreciate that cultural organisations are facing a complex set of decisions as they navigate government guidance. Balancing the needs of local communities, visitors and employees will not be easy. Cornwall Council has called for a careful and measured approach to opening the visitor economy.

Advocating for the creative sector

We are also in regular contact with the Arts Council England (ACE) and other key partners and agencies. These all support our culture and creative sectors. We are sharing concerns, realities and areas in which we can collectively offer support. 

Useful Resources

Cornwall Growth and Skills Hub 
Providing up to date and useful information and support. This covers what organisations and businesses are entitled to and can access. There will also be information about Cornwall Council’s administration of schemes for Local Authority Business Rate Grants. These will be available here once they go live.

ACE have announced a range of support for existing recipients of their funding. This includes £160m emergency response package to support:

  • individual artists
  • freelancers
  • cultural organisations

Arts Council England's National Lottery Project Grants scheme will reopen to applicants on 22 July. Guidelines have been updated to make the scheme more accessible to smaller organisations and individual practitioners.

The Creative Industries Federation is currently offering 6 months free membership. This is open to freelancers and micro businesses. The Federation has just launched A Plan to Reimagine which looks at how the sector can rebuild post-Covid

The UK Government has announced a range of support measures. These are available to businesses and individuals affected by coronavirus.

National Lottery Heritage Fund has announced an emergency fund to support the sector.

Historic England has announced the third phase of its Covid-19 Emergency Heritage at Risk Response Fund

The Art Fund has opened a Respond and Reimagine grants programme. This is to assist museums, galleries and cultural organisations during the Covid-19 pandemic

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership has a useful page on support for businesses.

Krowji has also published a list of resources which you may find very useful.

The Cornwall Museums Partnership team has collated resources and support. This is for the museum community during COVID-19. 

Current Creative Opportunities

Cornwall 365 What’s On

Cornwall 365 are offering all digital events and experiences free promotion. This is to support the creative and cultural sectors during the COVID-19 crisis.

To take advantage of this please submit your event at You should tag Digital and Online as both the Venue and Location. A member of the Cornwall 365 team will then get in touch with you if they require anymore information. Events can include anything including:

  • online film clubs
  • podcasts
  • cookery demonstrations
  • writing competitions
  • and many more

If you are not sure how to list your online event or experience, please email

Creative England - Creative Enterprise Evolve 

Evolve is a programme to get businesses ready for investment. It is for content makers and innovators seeking finance for business growth.

Creative England leads the Evolve programme. Working in partnership with the British Film Institute and UK Business Angels Association. Creative Enterprise Evolve is for high-potential screen-based companies and technology platforms. This is a competitive 6-month programme with only 20 spaces available.

Full information is available from Creative England. There is a deadline of 24 August 2020.

Whitegold project - David Mach call for Ceramic Memories

Artist David Mach is appealing for your ceramic memories. You can become part of a major new public art work called Earthly Delights. This is commissioned for St Austell in Cornwall, the home of china clay. Find out how to get involved on the Whitegold website.

Newlyn Art Gallery wants to celebrate your creativity.

You are invited to document your life during this extraordinary time with postcards. It could be:

  • your daily exercise
  • new routines or talents discovered
  • objects in your home that have become very familiar
  • whatever it is that you are looking forward to when the lockdown restrictions are relaxed

You can use any medium - collage, text, drawing, print, sewing, paint - if it can go on a postcard, it’s possible.

We will send a pack of postcards and a FREEPOST return envelope to anyone who would like to take part. All postcards returned to us by 30 Sept will be exhibited as part of a community celebration of individual creativity. They will also form part of a document of lockdown life. This will be as soon as we are allowed to gather socially again.

If you would like to take part, please email Please include your name and postal address and we will send you a pack.

Pydar Pop Up would like to celebrate Truro's community

We would like to create a celebration of Truro's Community in the shape of a rainbow in our shop window. Please share any photos of things you have done to support people during COVID-19. These may include:

  • your family
  • neighbours
  • colleagues
  • friends
  • the community

Or equally we would love to see any images of your family or community from the present or past in Truro.

Please send photos to Charlotte in an email In your email please can you confirm that you are happy for the Pydar Pop Up Team and Truro BID to use your image online via social media and as part of the mural. The mural will be displayed in the Pydar Pop Up shop window.

Your images will be used to create a rainbow mural in the Pop Up Shop window on St Clement's Street. The mural will also be shared on Facebook via Truro BID.

Kindly supported by @Truro BID @Cornwall Council @Truro City Council and Cooper Signs

Feast Re-Ignition Fund

Supporting and mobilising Cornwall’s creative sector in this crisis. Feast are helping artists bring their creative skills to offsetting some of the worst social effects of the current health pandemic. Funding of up to £1,000 is available. This is to support creative ideas that will help people isolated at home to be engaged and connected.

Visit the Feast Re-Ignition Fund website

Take part in the Leach Pottery's Celebration of Pottery and People

Do you have a favourite pot or thought provoking piece of ceramic in your home?  You are invited to share its story as part of the Leach Pottery's centenary celebrations.

Visit the Leach Pottery website for all the details.

Two grant opportunities 

Movement for Good - having just announced the 500 UK charities that have each won a grant of £1,000, specialist insurance company Ecclesiastical is now seeking to award 10 grants  of £50,000 to UK charities working in the areas of education, skills, the arts, culture and community development. Closing date 26 July 2020

The Julia and Hans Rausing Charity Survival Fund - The Charity Survival Fund has been set up in response to Julia and Hans’ ongoing concern about Covid-19’s economic impact on charities. This £10m Fund will provide core funding to help charities, especially small and medium sized, to offset lost income in the current financial year.