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.
100ft of Deep Time: Filmmakers' opportunity
As part of our Deep Space project, we are inviting expressions of interest from 16/8 mm filmmakers to make a short film about Deep Time.
Our film call panel will choose 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 have exciting learning opportunities for artists coming up in May. Thanks to Cultivator (and support from European Regional Development Fund, Arts Council, Cornwall Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and Feast) we are able to offer these amazing opportunities FREE to artists!
Stars and Stones: Sound & Film Jams May 2,3,4
Sign 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 Boscowen Un. You will get 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 follows at Lands End YHA where we can process/look at what we have 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.
Booking Required (£10 charge, repayable on attendance/feedback)
Click here for further details
We also have Art Science Learning events for artists coming up, with a chance to learn about/share your Raspberry Pi skills in special Tech Jams kindly led by Software Cornwall. We have events in Liskeard, Redruth and Goonhilly so hopefully one or two will be in easy reach for you. More details to follow!
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.
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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.
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Do you have an image you could share with us?
As part of our 'Deep Space' research and performance project, artist Andrea Carr is inviting artists, makers and enthusiasts to contribute images which will be transformed into costumes to be worn by our professional dancers as part of our Deep Space performance at Sterts on 21st April.
If you have an image inspired by Deep Space or Cosmic Rays, whether it's a photograph or an image of 2 or 3D artwork, please send it along to us! All work will be displayed and credited on our project online gallery, with links to your website etc. We really appreciate all contributions! Deadline Saturday 16th March. Click here for submission details
Laila Diallo Choreography Masterclass - postponed due to snow....
There will be another chance to benefit from this very special opportunity: As part of the Deep Space project from Mayes Creative’s Dark Skies: Bright Stars programme, join renowned choreographer Lailla Diallo and Cornish dance artist Lois Taylor for a day of creative and choreographic explorations in Truro, inspired and informed by the concept of cosmic rays and the night sky. 15 places at a subsidised rate of £25 for the day...The snow kept Laila from making it into Cornwall last Saturday, but we are finding a new date and will share it with you shortly......
More details and to book...
DEEP SPACE....Creative dance opportunity
DEEP SPACE – call out for dance participants!
Join choreographer Lois Taylor and other dancers from the to create a unique performance piece, forming part of the exciting DEEP SPACE event from Mayes Creative at Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard, on April 21st 2018.
Your dance will be shown alongside work by the core professional Company of the DEEP SPACE project and Vital Spark's new combined arts project, all part of the Dark Skies Bright Stars programme.
Click here for details of how to join us!
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.
How do you make films about
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.