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  • Nikki Latham

New "Creative Peninsula" Partnership In The South West

A new arts summit and festival will be held in the South West to boost the economy, environment and health in the region.

University of Exeter experts will partner with the area's heritage and arts organisations, along with local authorities, to share knowledge and influence government policy.

The new Creative Peninsula network will collaborate to increase culture-led regeneration in Devon and Cornwall, focussing on increasing access between urban and rural communities, celebrating the region landscape and coastline, including exploring complex histories, though socially engaged arts programming.

The first phase during this year will be a year-long knowledge exchange project, including a summit in September. It is hoped that this will launch two artistic commissions and lead to a new Atlantic Triennial International Arts Festival starting in 2025.

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of investment in 9 projects across different parts of the UK to boost regional economies.

Professor Tom Trevor, Academic Director of the Creative Arc and Principal Investigator for the AHRC-funded Creative Peninsula project, said: “Over the past 18 months I have been working closely with colleagues to develop the Creative Arc, which is a new model of cultural partnership with Exeter City Council and RAMM, focused on culture-led regeneration and place-making in the city and its rural surroundings.

“Now, with the support of the AHRC, Creative Peninsula will aim to extend this approach to the region, building on close working relationships around the University’s Devon and Cornwall campuses, and with local government, as well as activating our network of partner organisations in arts and heritage.”

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