MAYES CREATIVE produce creative engagement opportunities for Cornwall and Devon. In partnership with heritage, science and technology partners, our aim is to bring exciting events, activities and experiences to local communities, whilst continually seeking new ways to share inspiring ideas through creative collaboration.
Navigating Across Land and Sea
We are now working towards some very special performances for the Sea Salts & Sail festival in Mousehole (13-15 July 2018).
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and FEAST, we’re celebrating the rich history of astronomy in Penwith & Isles of Scilly by looking at how the ancient astronomers would have used the sun, stars and moon to navigate their way over both land and sea.
Performances include ‘Dark Skies: Guiding Stars’, a Kana Kernow mixed choirs event led by Pip Wright, sharing brand new songs specially written by the community all about celestial navigation at sea; and ‘Land, Sea and Stars’ children's performance poetry with Mousehole Primary School, Newlyn School and St Ives Junior School who have also made their own starry maps and poems especially for Sea Salts and Sail, working with artist and performer Keith Sparrow.
More info on Sea Salts and Sail at www.seasalts.co.uk
Deep Space Gallery of artist images now online!
As part of our 'Deep Space' research and performance project, artist Andrea Carr is invited artists, makers and enthusiasts to contribute images which then transformed into costumes to be worn by our professional dancers as part of our Deep Space performance at Sterts on 21st April.
Images from our call can be viewed in our Deep Space gallery - click here to view - and we will soon be adding images of the costumes to which they contributed....
Want to know more about Raspberry Pi?
Raspberry what??? Here's your chance to find out and also learn about the way in which we have been working with science and technology as inspiration for our latest projects. These fabulous FREE tech learning events for artists are now available - details by clicking here. Come along and make the most of this amazing opportunity, delivered in partnership with Software Cornwall.
We have now completed our event at Krowji on 4th June with Chris Hunt, looking at ways of working with Raspberry Pi and data! A really fascinating day of sharing technology-related ideas and ways of making work. To hear about our next event, please join our mailing list here
Laila Diallo Choreography Masterclass
Sunday 3rd June saw a wonderful workshop by Laila Diallo - an opportunity to learn from an inspiring choreographer.
Amazing Goonhilly event!
We were delighted to partner with Goonhilly and CAST/Groundwork to offer a special event on Monday 14th from 10am-3pm. It was a wonderful chance to learn more about how artists work with science and to have a hands on experience of working with the Raspberry Pi mini-computer, followed by a chance to see the wonderful Groundwork film screenings of work by SemiConductor and Simon Starling. Goonhilly Artist in Residence Paula Bolton shared her experience of making work at the site, with an intro to Goonhilly & cosmic rays (the inspiration for Mayes Creative's latest project) by Dr Kat Hickey, Business Development & Training Manager for Goonhilly & Robert Wiltshire, astronomer and Software Cornwall tutor. Thanks to our funders Arts Council England and Feast for helping to make this happen with support from Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd, CAST and Software Cornwall. Click here for more info and to book
100ft of Deep Time: Filmmakers' opportunity
The deadline for this call has now closed. Artist filmmakers have been chosen and are getting ready to make their films. These films will be shown in our sculptural Film Pod at festivals over the summer. More news on this to follow.
As part of our Deep Space project, we invited expressions of interest from 16/8 mm filmmakers to make a short film about Deep Time.
Our film call panel has chosen 9 artists to make their short film; we provide 100ft of film (black and white or colour) and high quality telecine.
Timescales are tight - this is a chance to take a more spontaneous approach to filmmaking, with only one week for making and one for digital editing.
We hope you enjoy the challenge! Click here for more details
Funded by Arts Council England, Feast & Cornwall Industrial Trust with support from LUX, Cinestar and Plymouth University
FREE Learning Opportunities for Artists this May
We delivered exciting learning opportunities for artists this May. Thanks to Cultivator (and support from European Regional Development Fund, Arts Council, Cornwall Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and Feast) we were able to offer these amazing opportunities FREE to artists!
Stars and Stones: Sound & Film Jams May 2,3,4
Artists and musicians signed up for a half day session with us on the Weds 2nd or Thurs 3rd May, working with sound and film practitioners in the beautiful settings of the Penwith stone circles; the Merry Maidens, Nine Maidens and Boscawen Un. Artists had a chance to work alongside Paper Cinema’s Chris Reed recording environmental sound, with Robin Tyndale-Biscoe on sonic testing of ancient sites and handmadefilm.org’s Robert Schaller on site-specific analogue filming and hand processing. An open editing day followed at Lands End YHA where we processed/looked at what we had created.
Bring your own skills and practice along to see how this work might inform your own approaches to work in the ancient sites of West Penwith.
Click here for further details
Special handmade emulsion session added to Land & Sea Film & Photography weekend
Robert Schaller has been part of a European team working to develop a workable handmade emulsion. Robert will be sharing his experience and leading a session of experimentation with handmade emulsion techniques. Available as part of our Film Weekender, or book in for the day on Saturday 5th May.
Click here for details
Land & Sea film and photography weekend 5-7 May, Cornwall
Creative film and photography weekend, with visiting artist Robert Schaller
May 5-7 2018 inclusive
Working out of Lands End YHA in the beautiful Cot Valley, overlooking the wild Cornish coastline, 15 mins walk from Tregesal Stone Circle on the Penwith Moors
EARLY BIRD PRICE: £144 individual; £215 company/Institution registration (limited number)
STANDARD PRICE: £180 individual/£270 company & institution registration
SAT/SUN ONE DAY: £60, £40 half day technical session
Limited accommodation available...click below for details
All kindly subsidised by Heritage Lottery Fund and Feast
We are delighted to offer a special three day creative filmmaking workshop with visiting artist Robert Schaller responding to the dark skies, bright stars, neolithic sites and landscape of Penwith. A unique creative opportunity, not to be missed! Kindly supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and Feast.
This workshop offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in an amazing landscape - Tregeseal Stone Circle is 15 minutes' walk from our workshop base in the beautiful Cornish Cot Valley – using it as inspiration for your creative practice.
Click here for more information and to book...
Music For The Night Sky: community orchestra project
We are now moving on with our adventurous project working with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra! Patrick Bailey will be leading a participatory project with Liskeard-based community orchestra Sounds Vital over the winter, leading up to an exciting performance opportunity in April 2018! See below for details.
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Activities on Penwith & Isles of Scilly now started...
We are now turning our attention to activities in Penwith and Isles of Scilly, inspired by their planned bid for Dark Skies status. Mousehole School had an exciting visit to The Merry Maidens and are looking forward to working with Keith Sparrow on Performance Poetry to share at the Sea Salts and Sail Festival in July. Newlyn Primary School and St Ives Juniors will also be getting involved later this month!
Reg Payn is heading over to work with Five Islands School next week, with 5 days of puppetry fun for junior aged children! Reg will be visiting St Agnes and Tresco, alongside the main school at St Mary's. The shadow puppetry screens have already been shipped over on the freight boat and Reg will be joining them on Monday! Really looking forward to it!
Navigation Heritage learning for Penwith Choirs
Pip Wright started her Navigation heritage songwriting project by leading an exciting navigation heritage workshop with people from the Penwith area, at Marazion Village Hall. 84 people turned out to learn about heritage navigation from local speakers and enjoy a cream tea!
Deep Space at Sterts Theatre
Thanks to everyone involved in putting on our amazing Deep Space performance event! It was a wonderful end to a really interesting and enjoyable research process, which involved music, choreography and live visuals practitioners all working with scientists and computer engineers to understand more about Deep Space and cosmic rays. Many thanks to Mike and Robert from Software Cornwall and Ben Chew for helping to make our cosmic ray (muon) detector dreams into interactive reality!
A taster of our music and visuals for our Deep Space performance this Saturday at Sterts theatre... A unique collaboration between jazz music, film and professional dance. We hope to see you there!
Mayes Creative is currently working on an exciting new project series, inspired by the Bodmin Moor Dark Skies bid. Our first phase, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Feast, involves looking at the heritage of astronomy in Cornwall, working with Brian Sheen of the Roseland Observatory & Caroline Kennett of South West Astronomy Heritage and our team of artists.
Dark Skies: Bright Stars and Deep Space...
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 are now 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.
Our Deep Space activities are now well under way, where we are extending our focus out into space, through learning about the presence of particles from Deep Space, know as Cosmic Rays, on earth. We have worked with Ian Falconer to develop the project and Software Cornwall have partnered with us to develop a simple cosmic ray detector, using a Raspberry Pi to process the information which we receive from the detectors, helping us to sift through the background radiation and spot the particles which have amazingly made it from the tumultuous activity in Deep Space all the way to earth!
This week, our creative team met to work out ways in which we can use the data from our detector to control performance events. More on this later!
Love To Read, at Plymouth University
Love To Read: The Love To Read filmmaking project - created at Loop The Loop in Saltash on Love To Read weekend last November - was screened at Plymouth University last month. Five filmmakers were given 100ft of film to create work about their experience of being at Saltash Library, which was kept open on a Saturday afternoon specially for the project. The results were screened at the Future Imperfect Symposium at Plymouth University and will be screening at the libraries as part of our exhibition of project outcomes over the next few months.
Loop the Loop news….
We have just completed Loop the Loop in Saltash, Looe and Liskeard libraries. Wonderful creative outcomes, music film, graphic drawing and photography! We are currently planning our exhibition of outcomes at local libraries, along with those from the Branching Out project over the next few months. Info on the project so far at LoopCornwall.com
Headline image credit: Still from Day Trip to Looe, (Joanna Mayes 2016) made as part of Loop the Loop: Branching Out. Dancers Lois Taylor & Sarah Fairhill.