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Culture Card

Cornwall Council supports innovative projects. This enables a wider audience to be creative and to engage with our culture in Cornwall. The Culture Card is one of these projects, run by Cornwall Museums Partnership.
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In 2016, Cornwall Museums Partnership began working with Carefree Cornwall and Penlee House. This resulted in a pilot project with young people leaving care.
This led to a second project with Penlee House and the Royal Cornwall Museum. Care leavers worked with artist Emma Saffy Wilson. They visited London galleries and exhibiting their own artwork in Cornwall. During 2018/19, seven museums and galleries across Cornwall participated in the project.
The next phase of the scheme has seen all children in care and care leavers in Cornwall receive a ‘Culture Card'. A free pass enabling themselves plus one to access museums taking part in the scheme.
Covid-19 has presented a challenge to this project. Before they would meet in museums. Now artist Emma Saffy Wilson has been working with staff and young people. She is using innovative ways to fight loneliness and isolation during the pandemic. One of these ways was to send art materials to care leavers. Now they can explore creativity during ‘digital group sessions’ and creative walks with Emma.
Young people from Carefree have also been working with Emma and staff. They have created a virtual ‘Museum of Carefree’. They shared stories and memories of their experiences. During lockdown this has taken the shape of a podcast and plans for a future touring exhibition.
Cornwall's museums are not yet all reopened. Yet they continue to play a vital role in the lives of local communities. This is with the ongoing support of Cornwall Council.
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