George Eustice, Member of Parliament for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle, has today welcomed the announcement that Redruth Cultural Consortium has been awarded £80,000 for their Cultural Programme by Historic England. This is part of the Redruth High Streets Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) to commission community-led cultural activities in the town centre over the next three years.
Redruth HSHAZ is one of more than 60 high streets to receive a share of £6 million for their cultural programme. The Redruth Cultural Consortium, established as part of the Redruth HSHAZ scheme, is inviting applications from artists, community groups and individuals who will work to bring forward exciting projects and events. A range of grants are available for imaginative, experimental and engaging projects that celebrate Redruth as a special place steeped in a rich history and heritage.
Redruth Cultural Consortium is launching ‘Redruth Unlimited’, a programme of cultural commissions that will enhance Redruth’s established festivals and events, make inventive use of spaces and venues in the town, celebrate the town’s heritage and creativity, support local businesses and entrepreneurs, develop the evening economy and encourage more people to explore and enjoy Redruth. The ambition for Redruth Unlimited is that it will inject new energy and optimism into the town and for young people to be key players in the design and delivery of the programme.
Following the announcement, George commented: “It is great to see this new funding has been secured for Redruth. Our local towns were once at the heart of the industrial revolution and have a vibrant cultural heritage to draw upon.
“When I was first elected, I always made clear that economic regeneration in Camborne, Redruth and Hayle was my number one priority. I will continue to support the project as it grows and develops”.
Ross Williams, Chair of Redruth Cultural Consortium, added: “This is another vote of confidence in Redruth’s ability to deliver effective and exciting work from our varied communities and we believe it will add great value to the investment in our buildings and our historic town environment which is already under way.
The Cultural Consortium has brought together a very wide range of organisations and people who are committed to empowering local people and giving them the chance to use their creativity to develop new visions of how we make the most of our town centres.”