Creative Kernow, based at Krowji, is the umbrella organisation for the following 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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Krowji artist swaps Redruth for Seville

This month Krowji-based artist Melanie Johns is swapping her studio in Redruth for  a month long studio residency in Seville as part of the CARPET project (Craft, Art & People Together) that includes among its activities: The Twist, a residency project that focuses on residencies for artists and craftspeople.

Creative Kernow is working within the framework of the European CARPET project to offer two residency spaces at Krowji for artists from partnering countries while two artists from Cornwall were offered residencies in these partner countries. Artist Hamza El Fasiki joined Krowji from Morocco for the month of November and in May 2019 Krowji will welcome artist Spanish artist Armando Rabadan.

In February 2019 Melanie Johns will join Armando in his Seville studio, working with him on a range of projects. Mel is interested in making work to engage people, with an interest in responding to everyday occurrences and specific projects.  Design, sustainability and environmental issues influence her practice which includes collaborative working and involvement in community projects. Mel works in a range of media, including print, drawing and textiles to create two dimensional work and three dimensional forms.

As with any experience of this type, the results are unknown but the main objective is to broaden perspectives, explore the potential for co-creation and foster the exchange of ideas.

Creative Kernow is one of the official partners of project CARPET coordinated by Three Cultures of the Mediterranean Foudation 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 program. The project delivers exhibitions, residences abroad for artists, talks, workshops, open studio tours and participative fairs and promotes the value of diversity, fostering dialogue not only between artisans but also with the public. The project contributes toward internationalization by making it easier for artists and artisans to shift location, work together and gain repute outside their own country, reaching new audiences and future markets. At the same time the local community 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.