Project information

Carn to Cove 2013

The key aim of Carn to Cove is to bring high quality professional arts into rural areas where there is very little professional arts activity. The scheme is aimed at everyone in the community and so promotes social inclusion.

September 2012 - January 2013

Charity information

Cornwall Arts Centre Trust

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  • Need


    We are trying to increase the number of young people attending performances. Cornwall is a historically poor county with lower than average income, many scattered rural communities and a large retired population. There is a lack of rural public transport, which makes it difficult for young people to travel to performances in the few urban areas in the evenings, and a small number of choices of venues to watch live performances.


    We put shows on in local community venues so young people don’t have to travel far. We offer concession and child rate ticket prices, and liaise with local promoters to ensure that our pricing reflects local incomes. We will work with Young Promoters to engage young people in programming and attending events in their areas.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create a sustainable network of young promoters who work alongside our existing volunteers.


    » Work with the Young Promoter Co-ordinator to encourage the formation of groups in communities who are already part of the scheme.
    » Invite the Young Promoters to attend menu parties and book shows for their communities.
    » Engage with the Arts Award programme to enable young people to complete their bronze and silver awards.

    Success will be measured by developing a Young Promoters network who work alongside the existing volunteer promoters in our communities.

    Aim 2

    Promote high quality artistic performances not normally available in remote rural communities.


    » Research the best shows available for rural touring, through networking other rural touring schemes and attending showcases
    » Showcase artists at menu parties and book coherent tours which allow artists to engage with communities all around the county.

    Success will be measured by programming 80 events in rural venues around Cornwall, of which 10% will be promoted by young people.

    Aim 3

    Empower the village promoters through experience and training to become a self-sustaining network.


    » Organise promoters evenings for networking and exchanging experiences, and training sessions for new promoters.
    » Organise promoters evenings for networking and exchanging experiences, and training sessions for new promoters.
    » Enable volunteer promoters to attend the National Rural Touring Showcase event.

    Success will be measured by recruiting new venues and encouraging existing venues to book shows independently of the scheme.

  • Impact


    The project brings professional performing arts in to communities on a regular basis. Communities will be accustomed to attending events in their local hall and become less reliant on travelling long distances to watch live performances.

    The success will be demonstrated by growing audience numbers, especially among young people; an increase in the amount of venues who regularly participate in the scheme; and a longer term increase in community sustainability.


    It could be difficult to recruit young promoters – we will work with the YP Co-ordinator to make sure that young people are encouraged to form networks and that these are supported.
    Shows could be cancelled – we programme with a long lead in time to allow for shows to be substituted if necessary.
    Promoters could become ill or unable to fulfil their duties – we work with a group of people in the community to ensure that there is a broad base of support for the promoter.


    We gather statistics on each show and will email monthly reports detailing activities, highlighting successes and detailing any changes to the project. This can include qualitative evaluation – reports from participants themselves as to the impact of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,000 Performances 50 performances @ £500
      £10,000 Admin Staff time and overheads
      £5,000 Young Promoters Subsidy for young people to promote shows and attend showcases

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Arts Council £25,000 Guaranteed
    Cornwall Council £10,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project covers the whole of Cornwall which is one of the poorest areas in the UK and we are especially keen to engage in areas with less provision for the arts. For example the closure of Restormel Arts in East Cornwall has decreased arts activity in that part of the county. More recently the threat of closure to the Poly arts centre in Falmouth and the Acorn Theatre in Penzance has highlighted the need for rural venues to offer live performances


    People who live in rural Cornwall are the beneficiaries of the scheme. Although we have an interest in targeting young people, the scheme as a whole is aimed at every member of the community, and we work to ensure that the type of events offered to communities have a wide appeal to all sectors of the potential audience.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Cornwall Arts Centre Trust Ltd is an established and extremely well run organisation. It has a highly motivated and skilled set of trustees and managers who are fully committed to the project. Carn to Cove has been operating for 11 years, and has developed during that time to encompass 85 communities in Cornwall with a network of over 250 volunteers.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ross Williams

    Ross Williams has been Director of ACT for nearly 20 years and is a highly experienced promoter of the arts in Cornwall.

    Tim Smithies

    Tim Smithies has been Project Manager of Carn to Cove for 4 years and his energy and enthusiasm for the project is key to its success.

    Claire Marshall

    Claire Marshall as scheme administrator is highly experienced and passionate about the impact of our work on rural communities

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