Creative Islands

In 2017, following a successful bid to Arts Council England, the Islands’ Partnership was selected to become one of 16 national Cultural Destinations projects, supporting the visitor economy by forging links between the culture and tourism sectors.

Our project, Creative Islands, is funded until December 2019. Partnership working is a key theme, and Project Co-ordinators Tammy Bedford and Jeremy Brown are supported and guided by a Steering Group which includes representation from the local artistic community and the visitor sector. Key local partners are the Isles of Scilly Museum and St Mary’s Library. Collaborations are also being developed with mainland cultural organisations including Cultivator, Cornwall 365 and RIO.

Creative Islands has an Artistic Plan which is aligned with the new Destination Management Plan, and aims to find new ways of celebrating and sharing Scilly’s rich cultural heritage, developing new, engaging and distinctive visitor experiences, and in turn, attracting new audiences.

Projects undertaken, underway or in planning include:

  • Young Curators – working with local young people to explore and share Scilly’s heritage
  • Walk Scilly Weekend 2018 – introducing a series of creative walks led by invited artists
  • Scilly Arts Directory – a comprehensive guide to the islands’ creative people and places
  • Artist Residencies – leading to three future commissions exploring the environment, heritage and dark skies
  • Creative Scilly May 2019 – a celebration of all things creative, including the ever-popular Art Scilly week and Scilly Folk Festival

We will post further details and updates as projects progress, so watch this space. For more information please contact

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