Creative skills


Registration to Open Studios Cornwall 2015 is now closed!


We’re delighted that Arts Council England have awarded us core funding until March 2018, enabling us to plan our future programmes with renewed confidence.  Creative Skills is part of Cornwall Arts Centre Trust – usually known as ACT – which has been working to support the arts in Cornwall since 1983 and is now one of the region’s leading cultural agencies.  As well as Creative Skills, ACT’s projects include Carn to Cove, Cross Channel Film Lab, FEAST, Krowji and Cornwall’s new cultural tourism programme. Arts Council funding is crucial for our viability and helps us to draw down a wide range of other funding from Cornwall Council and other sources such as Europe as well as earning our own income.

Congratulations also to the other Cornish cultural organisations who are alongside us in the ACE National Portfolio – the Hall for Cornwall, Kneehigh, Leach Pottery, Miracle Theatre, Newlyn Art Gallery, WildWorks and the new For Cornwall museums partnership.



Your Creative Practice

All the things you need to develop your practice

Your Creative Business

Advice and information to develop your business

Performers or Dancers please contact The Works - the Dance and Theatre Agency for Cornwall 01872 262843

Musicians can obtain help via Cornwall Music Forum - 01209 312503

Designers via Cornwall Design Forum


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Working Creatively in Cornish towns & Communities

This one-day training is for practitioners from across the County, but particularly in East and North Cornwall, to find out how to use the arts to work with communities in ways that are relevant, inclusive and engaging. Tough Dough is an arts organisation run by artists Alessandra Ausenda and Lizzie Black

We want to share best practice, widen the network of artists with whom we can collaborate in the future and support others to develop projects that meet the needs of their community. We will cover areas such as setting up a constituted arts organisation, working in partnership, marketing and promotion, applying for funding, planning and organisational skills and creative engagement with schools and community groups. We will focus on our current connection to businesses in Cornwall and how to work with them mutually supporting each other.

Following a practical creative session working in teams, you will invent exciting projects that will appeal to funders and communities. Through group discussion, you will develop strategies for its realisation in a chosen town or community. The groups will explore issues and problems that might occur through role play and discussion.

The sessions will enable artists to establish new contacts and networks and share skills with other artists who are looking at innovative ways of working in their communities.


Date: Thursday 23rd January 2014

Time: 9.30am to 3pm

Venue: St. Austell Community Centre & Arts Theatre, St. Austell

Cost: £30, (£15 non refundable deposit due on booking, cheques payable to: ACT)

To book: please contact: