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 tenants working with Kresen Kernow on the #ArmchairARTchive

Krowji tenants Vicki Aimers and Kate Aimers have been working together with Kresen Kernow on an exciting new project: #ArmchairARTchive.

This  project will allow people to make beautiful items over the next few months and get exclusive access to archive material held at Kresen Kernow, situated on the former brewery site in Redruth, which is home to 850 years of Cornwall’s history but is currently closed due to the ongoing pandemic. The project builds on Kresen Kernow’s popular ARTchive series of creative activities inspired by the archive collections.
Each project has a set of interesting printable items from the archives such as letters, photographs and maps and much more. With seven creative challenges in total, delivered fortnightly throughout the summer they are aimed at both adults and children (including younger children working with an adult).
Through the series of creative challenges participants will be exploring simple bookmaking, zine making, collage, printing and mark making too. There will be a list of materials with each task (all explained and listed in the PDFs), and they should be most things that they have at home or are easy to find.
The aim of the project is to allow people access to the archives and to continue the conversation about the amazing work of Kresen Kernow during this unusual time. Also as it’s an online event it means that anyone can join in regardless of their location. This may also create an online programme of creative events for the archive centre to build upon.
A new challenge and instructions will be released every two weeks via a downloadable and printable PDF. The first will be released on Friday 5th June.
Participants are invited to share their creations via social media using the hashtag #ArmchairARTchive.  The first project will be creating a simple journal.
There will also be a unique stamp on every PDF challenge that they can print, cut out and stick in their journal as they go. This is to encourage people to return for every challenge and get involved in the event. By the end of the project, they should have a wonderful journal full of all their creations and challenge stamps. Its also hoped they will continue to add to the book and maybe make more.
Kresen Kernow have commissioned the project and provided Vicki and Kate with beautiful documents from the archives to use with each task. Chloe Phillips, the Learning Lead at the archive centre, has set up the event and sorted through all the wonderful records. Vicki has created the challenges and Kate has done all the illustrations on the PDFs. The project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, as part of Kresen Kernow’s activity programme.