An ambitious project to build Plymouth’s creative industries and nurture creative people power for Mayflower400 and beyond has been awarded a massive £3.5 million from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

An additional £750,000 has been awarded to Mayflower400 and £2.75 million for exciting new creative sector initiatives that could see over 4,000 people offered training, business support and professional development opportunities as part of the iMayflower project. It aims to support the makers, the doers, artists, the digital pioneers and the wider Plymouth population by giving them the know-how to make things happen.

Plymouth City Council, Destination Plymouth, Mayflower 400, Plymouth College of Art, Real Ideas Organisation and the University of Plymouth have teamed up to address the growing demand for the city’s creative sector to realise its potential, offering new opportunities, creative spaces and skills.

Over 200 businesses and social enterprises will benefit from support to develop new products, services, content and jobs over the next financial year, providing skills development for people from a range of communities, ages and backgrounds.

The Mayflower400 Culture and Heritage Programme is already shaping up to be a game changer for Plymouth with art, music, theatre, exhibitions, storytelling, digital innovation, literature, crafts, festivals, debates and more. Every aspect of the Mayflower story is being explored together with its relevance to life today.

iMayflower will help Plymouth shout about its culture and creativity offer, develop a long term, sustainable legacy and provide skills and learning opportunities through events and community engagement. It will also look to support creative sector businesses to become more visible on an international stage. It involves work with partners across the city who are developing digital technology, such as 3-D printing, virtual reality or ‘immersive technology’ to help the city expand its expertise in advanced manufacturing, robotics and digital making.