Culture for all: the Culture Card Project

Wheal Martyn Clay Works is part of Cornwall Museums Partnership, a charity which exists to help museums in Cornwall thrive.  During spring and summer 2019, the Partnership worked with young people and workers from Carefree Cornwall, an independent charity which supports those in and leaving care, on a pilot project introducing young people to the art, culture and history on their doorsteps.

The project began an ongoing period of consultation and discussion on offering a ‘Culture Card’ to young people in care and care leavers in Cornwall, which would enable them to visit local museums and galleries for free.

Participants visited all seven of the lead partner museums and galleries of the Partnership: Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance; Telegraph Museum Porthcurno; Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro; Falmouth Art Gallery; Museum of Cornish Life, Helston; Cornwall’s Regimental Museum, Bodmin; and Wheal Martyn.

Young people also worked with artist Emma Saffy Wilson to produce their own artworks reflecting on their visits.  This small exhibition displays some of the amazing artwork created by the young people.

We would like to thank the participants for allowing the exhibition of their work, Carefree Cornwall for all their help with the project, artist Emma Saffy Wilson, and the project funder, Arts Council England.

To find out more, please call 01726 850362 or email

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