Creative Kernow, based at Krowji, is the umbrella organisation for the following nine projects. Together we support the production, promotion and distribution of work by creative practitioners in Cornwall because we believe in creativity's transformative power and want more people to benefit from it.

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Artist swaps studio in southern Spain for creative hub in central Cornwall

This month Krowji is pleased to welcome Spanish artist Armando Rabadán to a month long studio residency as part of the CARPET (Craft, Art & People Together) Twist project, which focuses on international residencies for artists and craftspeople.

Creative Kernow is working within the framework of the European CARPET project to offer this residency at Krowji, Cornwall’s largest creative hub.

Following the fruitful studio residency of Morrocan artisan Hamza El Fasiki, back in November 2018, Krowji looks forward to welcoming Spanish painter Armando Rabadan for the month of May. Armando recently played studio host to Krowji-based mixed media artist Mel Johns, who spent a month sharing his studio in Seville. Armando will continue to work collaboratively with Mel Johns, to create new work during his residency at Krowji, which will culminate in him taking part in Open Studios Cornwall, 25th May – 2nd June, an event taking place across Cornwall with almost 300 artists opening their studio doors. During this event Armando will be hosting a free meditation & watercolour workshop, booking essential.

Armando uses geographical themes laced with the simplistic beauty of Japanese origami. His enticing works appear to be textured and three dimensional, even though they are completely flat upon the canvas. His preferred medium of spray, oil, and acrylic on canvas along with computer sketching allow him to achieve the unique effect.

Creative Kernow is one of the official partners of project CARPET coordinated by Three Cultures of the Mediterranean Foundation from Seville in Spain together with CEARTE in Portugal and the APDN in Morocco as associative partner.

This project is co-financed by the Creative Europe programme. The project delivers exhibitions; residences abroad for artists; talks; workshops; open studio tours and fairs and promotes the value of diversity, fostering dialogue not only between artisans but also with the local community. The project contributes towards better international collaborations and relationships by making it easier for artists and artisans to shift location, work together and gain a reputation outside their own country, reaching new audiences and future markets. At the same time, the public are invited to get closer to the creative process and the work of art itself as a path towards a better understanding of art and its contribution to any society.