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.
So far, Torbay Culture has raised more than £2m in external funding for culture in Torbay (plus a further £151k in in-kind support). We have enabled 131,136 audience members and 502 artists to engage in new cultural activities and events supported by us, including Grinagog, International Agatha Christie Festival, Christmas by the Sea, The Tale and Just Ask. We have also facilitated 1839 hours of volunteer support, making it possible for Torbay to run these major cultural events.
We have helped 176 people to be trained, including 12 specialist choir leaders for people with respiratory problems and 154 cultural volunteers. We've run eight major arts, heritage and culture conferences attended by 600 people (62% of whom met new people with whom they intend to collaborate). We've also delivered five significant arts, health and well-being test and learn programmes, supporting the health and well-being of 231 participants and raising awareness of mental health issues amongst more than 103k people via social media. We've also shouted about Torbay's great cultural programme and creative practitioners to more than 100k people via The Shorely – our brand new insider’s guide to creative life in the Bay.
And we're only just getting stuck in.
Now that Torbay Culture exists, culture has a home in Torbay: a committed and experienced Board of eight passionate volunteers; ten young people involved in our young consultants’ group; 26 creative practitioners actively contributing to our new artists’ network and a wider network of more than 500 enthusiastic supporters.
Culture also has a voice in Torbay: support and development for arts and heritage is now embedded in our strategic thinking and key strategic documents like the English Riviera Destination Management Plan, Torbay Council’s Corporate Plan and Economic Strategy and the new Torquay and South Devon Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).
Culture has support in Torbay: strategic partnerships have been developed with Public Health Torbay; Torbay Council’s Partnerships, People and Housing Team; Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust; Torbay and South Devon Clinical Commissioning Group; English Riviera BID Company; Torbay Community Development Trust and others. Strategic development funding, fundraising support and advice for cultural assets and organisations including Paignton Picture House; Palace Theatre Paignton; Doorstep Arts; Torbay Culture and Arts Network; Torre Abbey; Brixham Museum and Torquay Museum has also been delivered.