From the Cornubian Arts and Science Trust (CAST) to Falmouth’s Independent arts centre the Poly, the Tate St Ives to live music venue The Cornish Bank, and a plethora of artist and maker studios dotted about Cornwall’s coastline and countryside, our county boasts a thriving and supportive creative community.
Museums & galleries
For centuries, artists from all over the world have found their muse in Cornwall, so it’s no surprise there are so many galleries and museums around. Step into The Exchange, CAST, the Tate St Ives or Falmouth's Morgan Gallery and you’ll be met by the work of internationally acclaimed and exciting new artists.
If you’re interested in finding out about the history of Cornwall’s coastlines and its people, you can explore the National Maritime Museum, Leach Pottery and the Barbara Hepworth Museum. And if you’d like to meet local makers, make sure you’re around for the county-wide Open Studios events in May.
Theatre & performance
Theatre, dance, music, comedy and performance are all regular fixtures in Cornwall's events calendar. Our own on-campus performance venue at AMATA hosts a year-round public calendar of events, including national and international artists, while the Poly offers an exciting and eclectic programme.
Whether it’s The Cornish Bank in Falmouth, the Hall for Cornwall in nearby Truro, or the stunning open air theatre, The Minack, you’re never far from an inspiring performance. In fact, you can find a year-round programme of performances at our very own AMATA on Penryn Campus.
There are also a number of vibrant theatre and dance companies throughout Cornwall pushing the boundaries of performance art to great critical and commercial acclaim. Look out for productions from the likes of Wildworks, Miracle Theatre and Cscape Dance.
Cornwall is known for its festival calendar. Annual events include Boardmasters, the Eden Sessions, The Great Estate Festival, Tropical Pressure and the Cornwall Film Festival. But you don’t have to go far to get involved, the International Sea Shanty weekender, Fal River Festival and Real Ale Festival all take place in our very own Falmouth town.
If food is your thing, check out the Porthleven Food Festival, which brings together celebrity chefs, local food stalls and music to the picturesque harbour port, or stay close to home and enjoy the ever-popular Falmouth Oyster Festival.
Cornwall’s creativity goes beyond the stage or gallery wall. The enterprising and innovative culture has given rise to award-winning creative businesses spanning every sector. With Engineered Arts developing humanoid robots in Penryn, Stranger Collective producing content for international brands in Falmouth, and a whole host of independent creators making their mark in fashion, marketing, music, design, technology and more, inspiration is rife here.
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