The Poly is a thriving charity promoting engagement in the arts, sciences and Cornish history through film, live events, exhibitions, lectures and workshops, with our roots in artistic and technological innovation and local industry.
Our vision is to be a place where everyone feels welcome to be entertained, engage with culture, and be creative.
Our Mission, as a key cultural and community hub in Cornwall, is to provide inspiring, inclusive and innovative entertainment, learning and development opportunities across the arts, sciences and history.
Building on the founding principle of the RCPS (‘to educate and encourage the public in all aspects of the Arts Sciences Crafts and History with particular reference to the County of Cornwall’), and in light of the importance of community underscored by the recent pandemic, it was agreed that The Poly has an important role to play in promoting wellbeing for the town’s diverse communities through cultural engagement and opportunities to be creative. Within Cornwall it is also uniquely placed to foster creative connections between heritage, art and science to support innovation, with the possibility of engaging with a wide range of constituents and partnerships, from children and young people, to locally-based HE providers and businesses.
• Connecting heritage, art and science
• Supporting innovation
• Environmentally and socially responsible
We believe that: opportunities for creativity flow from connecting heritage, art and science and that creativity across these areas can make our community and our world a better place; innovation should be encouraged and supported; there should be no barriers to accessing culture and creativity; environmental and social responsibility should inform all our actions.
Registered charity 108119.
Photo credits: © Elio Pena & Rebecca Radmore