We are delighted to have received a Weston Culture Grant of £128,544.00 from the Garfield Weston Foundation. The support recognises the Gallery’s efforts to adapt to our rapidly changing world and to remain vital to our audiences, not just by producing work online, but by finding new ways for audiences to take part: in the gallery, in person, remotely and online.
The Trustees were particularly impressed by the entrepreneurial approach and creativity shown throughout the pandemic and in the ways you have adapted and engaged audiences and communities. We are delighted to be able to support your organisation.
The Weston Culture Grant will help us to reconfigure our entrance at The Exchange and repurpose two currently under-used adjoining spaces to create a single large, digitally-equipped art space that is safely accessible to participating audiences from school and community groups to workshop participants.
We will be able to create a hardworking and flexible technical resource: cameras, editing software, light/sound, etc. for us, and community partners, to create a rich and interactive online programme that complements what’s happening in-gallery, but also offers potential for new standalone digital work. We will also be able to expand our offline and remote programming that will reach out to isolated audiences and communities, and those not able to access the digital world.
Having tried out a new, popular and Covid-safe pop-up cafe in the garden at Newlyn Art Gallery in the summer of 2020, and a new shipping container exhibition space to show video work, we are going to make the garden a more usable space year-round, making the gallery more visitor-friendly and freeing up in gallery space for more art.
Investment from the Garfield Weston Foundation is an endorsement of the energy of the whole cultural sector in West Cornwall and its place in supporting the wider community.
Find out more about the Garfield Weston Foundation and other recipients of a Weston Culture Grant.