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The Creative Peninsula summit is a two-day event exploring collaborative approaches to ‘place-making’ and culture-led regeneration in Devon and Cornwall.

Aimed at artists, arts professionals and local authorities, it will consider how culture can help to reinvigorate and re-tell stories of place, working to overcome barriers to social inclusion, wellbeing and environmental sustainability.

What are the stories we tell about Devon and Cornwall? How have these narratives previously excluded marginalised and under-represented groups? How can they be retold in a more inclusive, engaging way that gives both local communities and visitors a renewed sense of place? And how can partners across the region work together to achieve this?

The summit will be an opportunity for us to assess how far we’ve come in culture-led regeneration and will also provide a platform for new networks and cultural initiatives in Devon and Cornwall. The event is a collaboration between Eden Project and Creative Peninsula, an AHRC-funded knowledge exchange project led by the University of Exeter.

Please note that registration for the event is now closed and tickets are no longer available to purchase.

*This programme is provisional and may be subject to changes beyond our control.

All sessions will take place in the Visitor Centre Gallery at Eden Project. 

Friday 18 November

1-1.30pm: Arrival and lunch

1.30-1.45pm: Welcome (Tom Trevor, Cathy Turner, Evelyn O'Malley)


Panel: Where are we now? Place-making and culture-led development

Chair: Dom Jinks (Exeter Culture)

Panellists: Victoria Pomery (The Box), Tamzyn Smith (Cornwall Museum Partnership), Teresa Gleadowe (CAST), Louise Connell (Tate St Ives)

2.45-3pm: Break


Lecture: 'Black Atlantic - towards a framework for environmental justice'

Ashish Ghadiali (Black Atlantic Innovation Network/ Radical Ecology)


Panel: SW Colonial Heritage

Chair: Nicola Thomas (University of Exeter)

Panellists: Chloe Hughes (The Box), Fridy Duterloo-Morgan (National Trust), Ashish Ghadiali (Black Atlantic Innovation Network/ Radical Ecology)

4.30-5.30pm: Break and exhibition tour of ‘Super Natural’ (led by Hannah Hooks, Eden Project)


Panel: Ruralities

Chair: Joanie Willett (Institute of Cornish Studies, University of Exeter)

Panellists: Genevieve Agaba (Food, Farming & Countryside Commission), Mike Leyshon (University of Exeter), Joyte Brown (Black Voices Cornwall)

6.30pm: Drinks, dinner, short film screenings (introduced and chaired by Evelyn O'Malley)

Field Day Katie Etheridge and Simon Persighetti (Small Acts). Film by Rachael Jones.

Who do you think will save us? Grace Surman and Jane Mason. Film by Clare Dearnaley.

8.30pm: Close

Saturday 19 November


Panel: Outdoor Cultures

Chairs: Cathy Turner and Evelyn O'Malley (University of Exeter)

Panellists: David Paton (Falmouth University), Joseff Harris (composer and sound designer), Emma Hogg (Wildworks)

11-11.30am: Break


Panel: Queer Peninsula

Chairs: Jana Funke and Ina Linge (University of Exeter)

Panellists: Natalie McGrath, Sharifa Milford-Al Hashemy, Sophie Meyer (Queer Kernow), SHARP

12.30-1.30pm: Lunch


Panel: A Parliament of Waters

Chair: Isabel Carlisle (Bioregional Learning Centre)

Panellists: Anne-Marie Culhane and Jo Salter (Tidelines), John Wedgwood Clarke (University of Exeter), Mark Haworth-Booth (poet and curator)


Lecture: ‘Water Protectors’

Susan Schuppli (Forensic Architecture, Goldsmiths University)

3-3.30pm: Break


Panel: Collective Action - independent projects and artist-led initiatives

Chair: Sarah Campbell (Arts & Culture Exeter)

Panellists: Rosie Allen / Cat Bagg (Field Notes/ Inland Art Festival), Phil Rushworth (Plymouth Art Weekender/ Flock SW), Stuart Crewes (Art Work Exeter), Olya Petrakova (CAMP/ Maketank), Liam Jolly (Auction House)

4.30-5pm: Plenary discussion


Please note that registration for the Summit is now closed. 

Getting to Eden Project

Full directions and travel details are available here

Eden Project can be reached by train via Par or St Austell stations. Taxis from the station should be booked in advance.

A2B Taxis - 01726 66600

Spot On Cabs - 01726 77877

A&K Taxis - 01726 69698

Please be aware that there is planned engineering work affecting trains between Plymouth and Penzance on Saturday 19 November, and plan your journey accordingly. 


Please book accommodation well in advance if you need it, as hotels in the local area do get booked up!

Rashleigh Arms Charlestown

Pier House Charlestown

Travelodge St Austell

Premier Inn St Austell