Wheal Martyn’s Our Proud Roots Project Gains Funding

Wednesday 12th August, 2020

Wheal Martyn Clay Works are proudly celebrating their local landscape, environment and people through ‘Our Proud Roots’, a new project funded by Feast and Cornwall Community Foundation.

The project is a chance to explore and reflect on what makes our place and community special, through a new perspective on our changed world.  It presents a new opportunity to re-discover nature and the wonderful effects it has on the body and soul.

Wheal Martyn are inviting the community to take part in a programme of creative, hands-on family activities over the summer.  You can join in from home, in your back garden, in your own front room or out in nature.

Your creative ideas will inspire a co-created arts performance by SpinDrift Dance Collective at Wheal Martyn on 19 September, as part of the Whitegold Festival of Clay. Book to see the performance and join the silent disco or watch it online. This will be a celebration of what makes our place and community special – sharing Our Proud Roots.

Gemma Martin, Education Officer at Wheal Martyn, said, “We are so pleased to have this financial backing at this difficult time as we try to serve our community during Covid-19 restrictions and concerns.  This support really helps us to react to what our community has found supportive during this crisis.  It seems that the benefits of getting out into nature and re-connecting to our local landscape has really helped people in lockdown.  We wanted to celebrate this connection to our local landscape, and we hope that people will join us in building a very creative response to our beautiful area!”

To get involved, visit the Wheal Martyn website https://www.wheal-martyn.com/our-proud-roots to download the Activity Pack and get creative, using the worksheets and videos to guide you. Once you have completed an activity, submit your ideas to suziespindrift@yahoo.co.uk with a short explanation of what inspired your creation and what you are proud of in your local area. 

Wheal Martyn are delighted to have been awarded funding from FEAST and Cornwall Community Foundation for this engagement project.  FEAST is a programme to make great art happen across Cornwall. FEAST harnesses the talents and energy of Cornwall’s artists and communities, generating new opportunities for everyone to enjoy the arts. The focus is on bringing people together to share experiences as audiences or participants, and on animating local celebrations and cultural life. 

Investment for FEAST comes from Arts Council England and Cornwall Council. The programme is managed by Creative Kernow. 

Wheal Martyn Clay Works is a museum and heritage centre on the outskirts of St Austell, Cornwall.  Set in 26 acres, the collections and historic buildings are preserved to tell the story of Cornwall’s largest mining industry. There are opportunities for learning and community engagement – ever more important today as fewer people have first-hand experience of the industry which shaped the lives of people, landscape and economy in mid-Cornwall.

Wheal Martyn welcomes dogs, and has a café and gift shop, which are free to enter.

Wheal Martyn (PL26 8XG) is just six miles from the A30 on the B3274, 2 miles north of St. Austell. 


Wheal Martyn’s Our Proud Roots Project Gains Funding

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