Creative Torbay

Creative Torbay About The Site

Your one stop website for Hundreds of Creative & Arty Events in South Devon plus jobs, news, directory, spaces, images film and audio!

Our network is growing and we now have sister sites in Somerset, West Sussex and Swindon! If you would like to join please get in touch.

This website is the brainchild of Creative Torbay, a cultural partnership of local creative businesses, the local arts community, Torbay Council, Torbay Development Agency, the Arts Council, South Devon College and Torbay Arts Base and Assembly Rooms, a creative design agency following a grant from the Arts Council.


This month the site has had a major overhaul to coincide with the launching of our sister site creatve west susses. There are number of new features for you and an updating of others.

Look out for:

My Location - you can add a location to your profile and any events you add.
The share facilities - please click the 'like' button when you find something you enjoy!
My Videos - films can now be embedded from Youtube and Vimeo


The site is free to use and you can join in one of two distinct ways – see the join in page for details.

At its heart is a user driven creative and cultural directory, members with profiles can launch events, news and jobs items. These are bundled up weekly and sent out to everyone who has registered at the site.

Elsewhere you will find information about funding and career development as well as the creative space agency where you can list or appeal for space to work, rehearse or exhibit.

If you are interested in the sites back story check out the history page.


Q: What’s the purpose of the site?
At its purest the website is a place for creative producers to advertise and showcase their creativity to each other and to creative and cultural consumers.

Q: What’s so different about this site?
Well all the content in events, news and jobs is user generated and so it depends up to you to submit content – the majority of which goes live immediately

Q: What else is the site doing?
Well there are lots of static pages including funding, the creative space agency information around careers in the sector. These pages are updated by the CT team regularly – if you have anything you’d like to see on these pages then email in your suggestions.

Q; Describe the site in a word?

Q: How do I join the network?
First click ‘Join network’ now you have two options. You can join as a friend of the site which means you will receive the weekly newsletter or you can set up your own directory page and launch events and other items into the site all of which make up the newsletter that goes to everyone. When you have filled in your form you will receive an email which has a link inside it that activates your directory page once clicked – if you don’t receive it first check your junk mail box, failing that contact us.

Q: What the newsletter all about?
Each week the top rated items are bundled up and sent out to everyone in a beautiful newsletter, recipients of the newsletter can then forward it to their contacts and friends. Click the 'join us' page to view a recent example.

Q: How do I upload and event/news item etc
First register at the site and set up a profile.
Then go to’ my creative space’ and click ‘edit my profile content’. From here it’s easy to add all sorts of items to your profile and launch news and events and job items. Just remember to delete any items when they are out of date.

Q: Is anyone looking at the site?
In a word ‘yes’ we have just added a widget so you can see how many people are viewing your content. On your ‘my creative space’ page there is now a button you can click above ‘play pong’ which shows you how many page views your profile has had.
If you go to ‘edit my profile content’ and click news/events items you have launched you can see at the foot of each item how many views they have had.

Q: What relevancy all about?
Nice question! Relevancy is how we order and list items. Each profile and item has a relevancy that is a reflection of different parameters each with different weightings, in short the more ‘activity’ an item generates the higher its relevancy and the higher it appears in searches. The system is clever and it also knows its users so what one user see’s at the top of listings might differ from another user according to the categories clicked when their profile was set up and where they are geographically.

Q:How do I leave comments and stars for people?
You will have to register at the site.
When you have registered and logged in you can leave comments and stars for an item (picture/video/news/event/job etc) by simply adding it in the section provided at the foot of the item. If you want to leave a comment or review for a Person Business or Place in the directory first click ‘add contact’ on their page. Then go to your ‘access my messenger’ which you will find in ‘my creative space’ the contact will have been added to your contacts list and you can now click ‘submit review’ and write something and leave a star! The more you do this the more likely it is that people will return the favour!
Once a contact has been added you can chose to organise them as a ‘friend’ or ‘contact’ the difference being that visitors to the site can see your friends on your directory page but not your contacts.

Q: How do I send people a message?
You can either click ‘contact’ on their page. Or go to your messenger in ‘my creative space’. The recipient will receive a message telling them you have sent them a message which they can pick up at the site.

Q: I’m not from Torbay can I join in the fun?
In three words ‘YES YOU CAN’ we have built the site so anyone from anywhere from Torbay to Timbuktu can join and set up a page. The further you are from Torbay the less relevancy you’ll have though, why not lobby your local arts and culture providers to see if they’d like to have a version of the site for themselves when you will come top of the searches, be able to write the content for your static pages and generate a local newsletter for your local residents and visitors to the area! Contact us for details of how we can do this at a fraction of the original build cost.

Have we have missed anything? Let us know…..

As well as this website Creative Torbay has driven the establishment of projects such as our Torbay Design Review Panel, Space Invaders and our SeaChange ( Cockington Court Creative and Cultural Hub/Berry Head) projects to name but three. Our key strategic role’s are to firstly support and enable the creative and cultural sector and secondly to place our culture and heritage at the heart of our regeneration and our communities.

My Location

Profile Details

My News

Air Show 2017 - Survey / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2017-06-05T00:00:00Z">Mon 05 Jun 2017</span>Air Show 2017 - Survey / Mon 05 Jun 2017

Did you attend the 2017 Torbay Air Show/ Can you spare the 2 minutes to give us some feedback? Your feedback is really important and helpers organisers learn and shape the air show offer for future years. Thank ...

Young Peoples Training Scheme - help needed! / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2017-05-31T00:00:00Z">Wed 31 May 2017</span>Young Peoples Training Scheme - help needed! / Wed 31 May 2017

This summer the Prince’s Trust will be offering a unique opportunity to support young people’s creative ambitions, in partnership with Torre Abbey and Reach South West. Supporting 14 unemployed young people to develop th...

BrixFest audience survey - please help! / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2017-05-31T00:00:00Z">Wed 31 May 2017</span>BrixFest audience survey - please help! / Wed 31 May 2017

Did you attend BrixFest? Can you spare a few minutes to answer a few survey questions? Your help will help Brixfest survive and thrive..... Please pass the link to any friends and family who also attended Tha...

My Events

Manhattan Short Film Festival / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2018-10-01T00:00:00Z">Mon 01</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2018-10-06T00:00:00Z">Sat 06 Oct 2018</span> <span>(6 days)</span>Manhattan Short Film Festival / Mon 01 to Sat 06 Oct 2018 (6 days)

In 2018 MANHATTAN SHORT recieved 1565 entries from 73 countries from which NINE finalists were chosen. Between September 27 and October 7, these captivating nine short films will screen more than 1000 times in over 300 ...

Torre Abbey Survey  - PRIZES! / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2017-08-16T00:00:00Z">Wed 16 Aug</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2017-09-02T00:00:00Z">Sat 02 Sep 2017</span> <span>(3 weeks)</span>Torre Abbey Survey - PRIZES! / Wed 16 Aug to Sat 02 Sep 2017 (3 weeks)

Have you visited Torre Abbey Museum this summer and seen the Face2Face exhibition, walked in the stunning gardens, attended a workshop or a family Sunday? The Abbey team need your help! By completing this short sur...

Torbay Air Show / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2017-06-03T00:00:00Z">Sat 03</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2017-06-04T00:00:00Z">Sun 04 Jun 2017</span> <span>(2 days)</span>Torbay Air Show / Sat 03 to Sun 04 Jun 2017 (2 days)

Torbay Airshow will return this spring with breathtaking air displays over the stunning South Devon bay. The two day show will take place over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th June on Paignton Green offering free entertain...

My Opportunities

Writer in Residence for Dorset Libraries, / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2018-10-26T00:00:00Z">Fri 26 Oct 2018</span>Writer in Residence for Dorset Libraries, / Fri 26 Oct 2018

Dorset Library Service, in partnership with The Arts Development Company is delivering a new programme of arts development in two Dorset libraries. The programme is called Libraries as Cultural Hubs and has received fun...

Share    Studio Assistant, Preston Street Films / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2018-10-28T00:00:00Z">Sun 28 Oct 2018</span>Share Studio Assistant, Preston Street Films / Sun 28 Oct 2018

We are looking for a dynamic, driven person to help Preston Street Films make great documentaries. Highly organised, personable, and creative, you always know what everyone is working on, you anticipate and solve problem...

House &amp; Collections Manager, the National Trust / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2018-10-14T00:00:00Z">Sun 14 Oct 2018</span>House & Collections Manager, the National Trust / Sun 14 Oct 2018

House & Collections Manager £31,671 pa Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw) Bodmin Ref: IRC70151 Summary We have a fantastic opportunity at Lanhydrock for a house and collections manager. If you’re an enthus...

My Videos

Somewhere in UgandaSomewhere in Uganda

This film made us smile.....

RedBallUK - The MovieRedBallUK - The Movie

RedBall UK 2 June – 1 July 2012 This summer New York artist Kurt Perschke brought his celebrated art project RedBall to the UK. Co-produced by Torbay Council and The Dartington Hall Trust it arrived on the streets ...

The Making of John Mayer&apos;s &apos;Born &amp; Raised&apos; ArtworkThe Making of John Mayer's 'Born & Raised' Artwork

Local film maker Danny Cook's new film has been seen by 100k people within 5 days of it being launched on Vimeo.... David A. Smith is a traditional sign-writer/designer specialising in high-quality ornamental hand-cra...

My Audio

Basic Rock SongBasic Rock Song

This song was written by Hugh Nankivell and first performed as part of the GeoQuest in May 2010. On the 2nd October 2010 Hugh will lead the Torbay Commnunity Choir in a rendition of the song for the official opening of ...

My Spaces

The Pipe Gallery in PlymouthThe Pipe Gallery in Plymouth

From the end of May 2013 , The Pipe Gallery in Plymouth Devon will be available to rent as artists studio spaces. The Pipe is a 200 year old gunpowder store on The Barbican, on the oldest street in the city. There are...

Emmanuel Hall, home to Theatre Alibi,Emmanuel Hall, home to Theatre Alibi,

Emmanuel Hall, home to Theatre Alibi, has office space available to rent from 1 September 2013. First Floor Office – 4.7m x 3.8m Small self-contained office, with a separate kitchen area and toilet. The subsidise...

Studio  ShareStudio Share

Large (55ft x 22ft) well lit studio to share in Salcombe. £200 per month inclusive of water, electricity and buildings insurance. Contact: Ian Carr 01548 854211 07760 308525