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Open Doors Day for Arts Practitioners in Cornwall!

May 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us in Helston on May 18th for this exciting Open Door Day for Cornish arts professionals!

This Open Door Day will start with an industry round table event, followed by a warm, celebratory introduction to the Helston Old Cemetery Chapel.

Open Doors Day Part 1: Round Table event, 1-2.30pm

Are you an arts practitioner based in Cornwall? Want to discuss the issues that local artists face and make a change? Join Scary Little Girls for this industry event with ‘Owdyado Theatre!

You may have come across the recent Performing Arts Workers Survey, which was circulated through emails and on Facebook. We have been heartened by the overwhelmingly positive and candid responses from 72 artists who completed the survey. While the survey underscores the abundance of ambition, talent, and passion in Cornwall’s performing arts community, it also sheds light on the frustration, anxiety, and exhaustion that many artists face.

We held an event in November 2023 to begin addressing these challenges by coming together in person to brainstorm solutions for the issues causing these concerns.

Through small, informal group discussions fuelled by tea and cake, we will explore the issues identified from the survey (local funding, gatekeeping, artistic freedom, valuing artists and disconnectedness), discuss progress made since our last event and plan next steps to affect positive change

Please note that this event is not open for the public and is exclusively for artists in Cornwall.

Open Door Day Part 2: Fling Open the Doors! 2.30-4pm(ish)

From day one, Trevow Helston wants to fling open the doors of our new creative space, Helston Old Cemetery Chapel, and welcome artists, makers, creative producers, community project facilitators and cultural movers and shakers. Tell us what you need from this new space and hear about our plans so far.

From 3.30pm you’re invited to bring a guest along and fill the space with conversation about what the chapel could do to support the Performance & Creative Industries in Cornwall.

At 4pm Scary Little Girls and Helston-based circus performers, Cirk Hes, will perform selected highlights from our Mayven Festival to give an idea of what the space can do! This will be followed by more shared dreaming and collaborative conversations about the future of Helston Old Cemetery Chapel.

We’d love to see you – you’re very welcome.

​Register here!


May 18
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Helston Old Cemetery
Helston, TR13 8JA United Kingdom
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