Mayes Creative produces creative engagement opportunities for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. In partnership with heritage, science and technology partners, we aim to bring exciting events, activities & experiences to communities, whilst constantly seeking new and innovative ways to share and explore inspiring ideas through collaboration. We aim to illuminate and surprise, making apparently complex or difficult ideas fun and accessible to everyone!
Lizard Tea Treat Singers
Our inspiring choirs leader Pip Wright is leading this new venture, in partnership with Landewednack School. If you would like to come and try it out, or you know anyone who enjoys a sing-up, please join us for the taster session on Monday 20th May. A lovely cream tea awaits you! No need to book, just come on the day :)
400 Light Years: Performance / Artist Talk
We are very excited to announce our 400 Light Years residency and performance/talk with Joanna Mayes, Justin Wiggan and Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner) at the lovely Helston Museum of Cornish Life! We are delighted that Scanner is coming down to join us for the week and we will be posting more info about how to come and see what we're up to in the next few days.....Meanwhile, book your tickets to join us for our sharing event on Friday 7th June. Dom from CAST cafe is also offering his amazing vegan/lamb tagine for an extra £7. Sweet treats and bar on the night!
To book (with additional food option): please click here (takes you direct to our ticketing site)
More info about the project coming soon.....
Semaphore Stories: Community Arts Event on Scilly
Lizard Wireless Station// Drawing workshops
Inside the pod we screen our 100ft of Deep Time films (commissioned with support from LUX and Plymouth University), created by artists Aoife Desmond, James Holcombe, Melanie King, Rob Gawthrop & Jo Millett , Michael Eddy, Rachael Allain, Karen Abadie and Stuart Moore. Details here.
The playback of the films is controlled by our new cosmic ray detector, changing the playback from single screen to triptych and activating a different musical loop each time (created by Michelson Morley as part of our Deep Space project).
Lizard Point Artist Residency 28-31 March 2019
Black holes, Neutron Stars and Gamma Ray Bursts.....
Education: How do you make films about the stars?
As part of our Dark Skies: Bright Stars project, young filmmakers at Liskeard school worked with Jo Mayes and Jacqui Knight from Cinestar to think about and work out ways of making films about the history of astronomy....how do you show time, stars, our relationships to planets without telescopes? Students saw examples of films from artists Derek Jarman and SemiConductor to help them find creative inspiration... Students filmed glitter in water and food dye in the air to represent the stars, alongside filming light in unusual ways to help think about our relationship to time, waves and particles.
WE ARE ALWAYS TRYING TO LEARN MORE about the world we live in, through creative exploration. Our next phase moves into the exciting territory of deep space astronomy and Cosmic Rays....
Phase 2 We have been working with ideas inspired by Deep Space and Cosmic Rays in particular, with funding support from Arts Council England, Cornwall Industrial Trust and Feast. Software Cornwall are partnering with us to deliver exciting science and technology engagement opportunities for artists which will be announced shortly! Watch out for these amazing opportunities in your area.
The Meteor: film pod on tour...
Our Meteor: Film Pod had its first outing, at Cornwall Film Festival last year, landing at Falmouth Moor, surprising (and so we hear, delighting...) passers by. Our initial concept of a dry space to share films from our Deep Time Film Call has been expanded into an amazing sculpture, created by artists Andrew Bird and Christina Romero-Cross, which lends the idea of a meteor coming to earth. Artist Jo Mayes and creative technologist Ben Chew have been working on extending our mini cosmic ray detector into being able to control video and sound, creating a dynamic installation which responds to the presence of cosmic rays as they hit our atmosphere! The Rays were with us and successfully controlled the film and sound, with excellent feedback about the way in which we managed to work across art and science in an engaging way. Success! Thanks to all involved for making this a reality - including everyone who helped move the pod in and out of position (including the police escort but that's another story!!).
Find out more about the story of the amazing film pod here!
Our portable film environment is now taking on the second leg of it's tour around Cornwall. In March we visited the Secondary Schools STEM fair at the Royal Cornwall Showground (supported by Cornwall Council and Feast), then headed to Penzance to share the pod with Pensans & Nancealverne Schools (supported by local Cornwall Councillor Tim Dwelly's Community Chest Fund) before heading to Lizard Point YHA, via Mullion School, in the following week... We had a fantastic time with some exciting transport moments along the way! Thanks once again to Arts Council England, Feast and the Cornwall Industrial Trust for making the whole project possible.
100ft of Deep Time: Filmmakers' screenings - ongoing
Headline image credit: Lizard Point Lighthouse (Gavan Goulder 2019)