Groups in Cornwall are to receive £6.3million over three years after being chosen for backing by Arts Council England.

It has today named its new National Portfolio of funded organisations for 2023-26 and in Cornwall nine organisations will receive a share of just over £2.1 million each year.

Among them will be Leach Pottery near St Ives, described as one of the most respected and influential studio potteries in the world.

Also receiving funds will be the Hall for Cornwall in Truro and Miracle Theatre, the touring company that reaches audiences across Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and the south west.

There will also be a boost for Creative Kernow, supporting and promoting Cornwall’s arts scene from its base in Redruth, and Cornwall Museums Partnership, which has a network of museums across the Duchy.

The council is also investing in the entrepreneurs behind intoBodmin, the Old Library turned creative hub in the market town of Bodmin.

Arts Council England said: “[We] have heard again and again that people want and need easy access to meaningful, impactful cultural events and creative activities in the places where they live.

“Through the investment we are announcing today, we have focused on making certain that as many people as possible in England - no matter where they come from or what their circumstances - can get hold of the very best of art and culture on the high streets and in the community spaces of their villages, towns and cities.”

Falmouth Packet: Cornwall Museums Partnership will receive a share of £6.3 million over three years Picture: James StuartCornwall Museums Partnership will receive a share of £6.3 million over three years Picture: James Stuart (Image: James Stuart)

Area director Phil Gibby added: “This important investment reaches spans the breadth of this unique region - from north east Cornwall where we welcome the celebrated library turned arts centre intoBodmin, to our investment in Miracle Theatre, who tour their much loved shows across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. “Now, more people in Cornwall can enjoy greater access to cultural opportunities right on their doorstep, helping us deliver our vision set out in Let’s Create.”

Arts Council England chair Sir Nicholas Serota, who has a house in Cornwall, said he was “deeply proud” of the support the council was able to give, adding: “We are facing economic pressures at present but this funding is about an investment in our future. “This portfolio will support the next generation of visionary inventors, makers, performers and artists. In particular, the growth of our funding for organisations that support and develop work for children represents a profoundly important long-term investment in our country’s talent.”