FAQs

 

WHAT IS TORBAY CULTURE?

Torbay Culture has two employees (Executive Director Kate Farmery and Great Place Scheme Project Manager Anna Matthews) and a volunteer board.  Our Board members are residents in the Bay who impart knowledge and skills from the creative sector, arts, health, education, architecture, sport and young people.  All of us are committed to the cultural sector and culture's contribution to life in Torbay. You can meet the team and Board members here. We also bring in creative practitioners and freelance specialists to help us deliver specific programmes. Between us, we ensure Torbay's ten-year cultural strategy is not only driven forward, achieving what it has set out to do, but also contributes towards a prosperous future for Torbay. We work collaboratively with partners across the Bay to transform cultural provision and engagement in the region.

Torbay Culture Board is supported by TDA, which hosts the Executive Director and Project Manager posts. TDA is a trading name of Torbay Economic Development Company Limited, a company registered in England and Wales No. 7604855 Registered Office Tor Hill House, Union Street, Torquay, Devon TQ2 5QW. VAT registration number 112845629.


WHY DO WE NEED TORBAY CULTURE?

Because it matters. For example, we know that when people engage in high-quality cultural activities, their health and well-being improves. Torbay has some of the most severe health inequalities in the country and also (for now!) some of lowest levels of cultural engagement in England. We want to change this and to increase the social and economic impact that arts, heritage and culture has here. 


HOW MUCH FUNDING HAS TORBAY CULTURE RECEIVED AND WHERE DID IT COME FROM?

Torbay Culture has had strategic investment from Arts Council England and in 2017, was awarded £1,191,400 from the Great Place Scheme towards a £1.6m, three year development programme. You can read more about our funding here.


WHAT IS THE GREAT PLACE SCHEME?

The Great Place Scheme focuses on using arts and heritage to deliver social and economic outcomes, maximising the value of cultural engagement to increase community well-being.  Torbay's Great Place Scheme programme is made possible by National Lottery players through £1,191,400 awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Arts Council England.


WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO DELIVER THE CULTURAL STRATEGY AND GREAT PLACE SCHEME PROGRAMME?

You can find out about our different projects and activities here.


I AM A LOCAL CREATIVE PRACTITIONER AND WOULD LIKE FUNDING, CAN YOU HELP ME WITH THAT?

Torbay Culture is not a grant giving organisation. However, we work with commissioners and creative practioners through the Torbay Culture and Arts Network to create and deliver innovative programmes such as our arts, health and well-being activities. You can find out about the Torbay Culture and Arts Network here.  We may also be able to advise you on sources of funding and help you with funding applications. Get in touch via culture@tedcltd.com.


I WOULD LIKE TO GET INVOLVED WITH THESE PROJECTS, HOW DO I DO THAT?

You can drop us a line at culture@tedcltd.com, consider cultural volunteering or find out about Torbay's cultural happenings on The Shorely.