University enhances creative opportunities through collaboration with Port Eliot Festival

The University of Plymouth will be creating exciting opportunities for students, staff and the public alike as it expands its partnership with the iconic Port Eliot Festival.

For the third year, the University’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities is to be the official Creative and Cultural Partner of the festival, which will take place in south-east Cornwall from July 27 to 30, 2017.

The collaboration will see a range of activities taking place on the University campus and in the wider community including an outreach project with local schools to highlight opportunities and progression routes in, and through, the creative industries.

Then during the festival itself, students and academic staff will work alongside established professional artists and designers to stage workshops in a range of craft and design practices in collaboration with Hole & Corner magazine. They will also create a daily newspaper for the festival and in partnership with Creative Kernow, showcase Cornish design creativity through the ERDF funded Cultivator initiative.

Meanwhile, academics from across the arts and sciences will showcase their world-leading research as part of science events in the iconic Port Eliot Round Room.

The collaboration is coordinated by the University’s Creative Cultivator unit, which exists to nurture and support external engagement, knowledge transfer and collaborations between academia, the creative industries and wider community.

David Hotchkiss, Centre Manager for the Creative Cultivator unit, added:

“Port Eliot Festival is a truly amazing experience and a perfect match to the University’s creative sector remit. This third year of our formal relationship recognises both organisations’ belief in the importance of the creative and cultural sectors as a significant element in the South West’s economic ecosystem and we are really excited about the opportunities the partnership provides.”

Colin Midson, Associate Director of Port Eliot Festival, said:

“Our partnership with the University has undoubtedly brought an extra level of energy to the festival. Its creative team has helped programme a string of memorable science happenings that have really lived up to their unique backdrop in the Round Room. And we’re glad to have enabled students to experience at close range how the festival is planned, managed and brought to life. We look forward to continuing our fruitful relationship this year and beyond.”

Port Eliot aims to inspire and surprise as it draws an unmatchable collection of artists, musicians, writers, comedians, performers, thinkers, makers, protagonists, agitators and scribblers to one of the most beautiful corners of the country. This year’s event will run from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 July on the rolling park and woodland of the ancient estate at St Germans, on south-east Cornwall’s Rame Peninsula.

Port Eliot Festival

Plymouth University's partnership with Literature Works aims to enhance knowledge transfer between academics within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the creative industries, and champion local and regional successes across the creative sectors.

During the 2016 Festival, the University had over 30 students on site, undertaking various roles with a focus on knowledge transfer and increasing employability through our collaboration with Hole & Corner's Maker tent. We were also very excited to have a number of our academics involved in Port Eliot's inaugural 'Science and Arts' series in the Round Room and our continued collaboration with Literature Works in the Tiddy Tent. 

Creative Cultivator: supporting projects