About iMayflower

iMayflower is designed to build Plymouth’s creative industries and nurture creative people power across the city. Delivered by a consortium comprising the University of Plymouth, Plymouth City Council, Destination Plymouth, Mayflower 400, Plymouth College of Art and the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO), the project includes a £3.5 million grant from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Cultural Development Fund, which invests in creative, cultural and heritage initiatives that lead economic growth and productivity. 

iMayflower will leverage the Mayflower 400 Culture and Heritage Programme as a platform from which to launch a sustainable step change in Plymouth's creative economy and make Plymouth a more attractive place to live, work and visit.

Key investment areas include:

  • Place shaping – delivering large-scale cultural and creative events to inspire and enrich lives, e.g., the Illuminate light festival, in which the University is a key partner.
  • Creative sector business support – growing our cultural and creative sector businesses, with a particular focus on immersive media and digital fabrication.
  • Skills and learning programme – increasing the creative and business skills of our young people, communities, graduates and professionals.
  • Access to innovative finance – providing accessible startup and scale-up funding for businesses in the creative economy from Creative England, Crowdfunder and others.

Creativity is a key source of growth and productivity for the UK economy. Join us on 20 November 2020, 09:30–17:00 for a day of insightful discussions and virtual networking with key stakeholders from the creative and cultural industries, Higher Education and Arts Council England as we explore the opportunities and challenges of working across traditional boundaries.

At Spillover, our speakers will reflect on a broad range of contemporary issues from what it takes to be an effective cultural leader in a rapidly changing world to the importance of valuing creativity within traditional organisations. It is a day set to be full of creative collisions, innovation, entrepreneurship and, most importantly, inspiration.

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Are you a creative practitioner looking to make your new ideas a reality or grow your business?

iMayflower can help you achieve your goals. Our team will work with you to assess your needs and identify ways that iMayflower and our partners can address them. We work with anyone from self-employed individuals to mature businesses; whatever stage you are at, the iMayflower team is here to support you and enable your business to flourish. 

Please get in touch with us at and one of our team will be in touch to start the conversation.

<p>Illuminate 2019</p>
<p>iMayflower gallery</p>
<p>Illuminate Light Festival 2017</p>
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iMayflower (Cultural Development Fund)