Culture makes Torbay a better place to live, work and visit. It matters to you and it matters to us. Explore the projects we work on together; discover opportunities for you to get involved; and find out about the long lasting impact.
Torbay Culture brings together people from across and beyond the cultural sector to explore different aspects of cultural policy and delivery. What we learn informs and inspires our work. We hope you find it useful too.
Structured around Torbay’s ten-year Cultural Strategy Enjoy, Talk, Do, Be and the Great Place Scheme themes of Building Resilience, Changing Lives, Engaging Audiences and Shaping Place, our conference explored issues that are relevant for Torbay - people and place. Attendees heard from inspirational speakers and learnt more about the changing context in which we are working.
Presentations from the day:
Torbay Culture set up the Torbay Culture Ambassadors programme to support arts, culture and heritage organisations and events across Brixham, Paignton and Torquay. Its purpose is to champion Torbay and its cultural scene, and to provide a ‘go to’ group of people for those organisations and events that require the valuable support of well-informed, positive volunteers. As part of this programme, we have developed a new Volunteer Toolkit, which shares good practice for cultural organisations that host (or want to host) volunteers:
Published February 2019 as part of Torbay’s Great Place Scheme.
The Cultural Tourism project seeks to motivate more visitors though re-imagined experiences, itineraries and guides across Torbay, South Devon. In this report, research findings are summarised and a new vision is revealed through 4 experience pillars. These will go into testing and formation from Jan-Mar 2019:
Published December 2018. Any distribution must include the following attribution:
L Gardiner and K Marshall (2018) Cultural Tourism: Motivating tourists with re-imagined experiences, itineraries and guides. Commissioned by Torbay Culture and the English Riviera BID Company, as part of Torbay’s Great Place Scheme – funded by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The 99 project provides insight into the current relationship between local residents and the arts and heritage venues and events in Torbay, South Devon. It reveals key findings on how we can better reach, motivate and sustain mass audience attendance to venues and events across Torbay, South Devon.
The 99: Final Report
Published November 2018. Any distribution must include the following attribution:
L Gardiner and K Peters (2018) The 99: Motivating local residents to attend arts and heritage more often. Commissioned by Torbay Culture, as part of Torbay’s Great Place Scheme - funded by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
How can organisations and individuals develop a more entrepreneurial approach to achieving their goals? Presentations from our July 2017 event.
Making Spaces Work - Ed Whitelaw, RIO
Grant Funding As Seed Funding - Claire Honey, RIO
New Commissioning - Jonathan Clitheroe, RIO
Enterprising Models - Jonathan Clitheroe, RIO
Community Shares - Jonathan Clitheroe, RIO
Explore the role of arts and culture in coastal place-making. Presentations and resources from our November 2016 event.
1 inch to the left: Seaside regeneration in a town of glitter & grit – Jenny Rutter, LeftCoast
“The rock connects us”: creative place-making around UNESCO designated sites – Daisy Sutcliffe and John Wokersien
Connecting people to the coast: place-making through architecture, design and the built environment – Richard Maddock, Kay Elliott
England’s Seafood Coast – Carolyn Custerson, English Riviera Tourism Company
Discover England’s South West Coast Path- Esther Pearson, South West Coast Path Association
How we can work together to support sectors such as design, hi-tech, digital and gaming, art, advertising, publishing, performance, film and TV in Torbay and beyond? Presentations and resources from our July 2016 event.
What do we mean by creative and digital industries and how is Arts Council England supporting them? – Pippa Warin, Arts Council England
Creative England: the business of Creativity. How are we helping the creative digital sector to become the UK’s fastest growing industry? – Kate Adam, Creative England
How the public sector can work more effectively with arts and cultural organisations? Presentations from our April 2016 event.
How can we increase the tourism impact of Torbay's cultural offer? Presentations and resources from our Jan 2016 event.
Explore creative and cultural learning in formal and informal settings. Presentations and resources from our Oct 2015 event.
Get on track – Active Devon
Learning, growing and fun – Play Torbay
Sound communities – Connect, engage, inspire
Sound communities audio – listen with your eyes closed!
Key changes to children and young people’s service delivery in Torbay – Torbay Council