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!
Exhibition & Performance: 19-20 Sept 2019
Mayes Creative exhibition and 400 Light Years Performance
Exhibition 19-20th September 2019
St Ives September Festival
12:00-19:00 - Cohort Hostel
EXHIBITION of artwork created during recent Mayes Creative projects.
Plus: 12:00-15:00 Creative Technology for Artists
drop in workshop/meet artists Joanna Mayes & Justin Wiggan
DARK SKIES-BRIGHT STARS: Live cosmic ray detector controls playback of films created for 100 Foot of Deep Time
400 LIGHT YEARS: Recording of a live performance at Helston Museum of Cornish Life with Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner), Justin Wiggan and Joanna Mayes.
LIZARD BEACONS: sound pieces created for Apollo 50 by Justin Wiggan with Poldhu Care Home residents, Mullion and Porthleven Junior Schools....'one small step...'
AEOLIAN HARP: Laura Luing shares her DIY aeolian harp, which creates overtones from the movement of the wind!
Thanks to our funders and supporters: Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, Feast, Cornwall Industrial Trust, Big Lottery Fund, National Trust, Helston Museum of Cornish Life & Cohort Hostel
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new project: first session 13/9/19
Sparklab: New Young People's initiative
Our exciting new young people's project being delivered in partnership with Gamechanger and Feast Cornwall. If you know of any young people who would like to develop their creativity/ideas then SparkLab is here to help! Contact the Gamechanger team for more information and to join their exciting programme and to sign up for our sessions. These particular sessions are only open to Gamechanger participants.
Exhibition: until Sept 23rd 2019
Peter Beeson at Lizard Wireless Station
Peter Beeson, our artist in residence at Lizard Wireless Station in association with the National Trust, is now sharing the drawings we commissioned as part of our Lizard Beacons project. The drawings will be on display at the Wireless Station until September 23rd and are available as free postcards from National Trust and other community locations around the Lizard. These postcards celebrate the important contribution made by Marconi's work on the Lizard - all part of our celebration of the special communications anniversaries on the Lizard in 2019.
Also on display at Lizard Point Carpark is a banner sharing the work created by local artists at a drawing workshop at the Wireless Station, as part of Peter's residency. Thanks again to Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, Feast and Big Lottery for supporting this project. Special thanks to the volunteers at Lizard Wireless Station, Lizard Point and the Marconi Centre who hosted visiting schools and artists.
Exhibition: Saturday 20th July 2019
MC head to Apollo 50 festival at Goonhilly
We were excited to be bringing both our Deep Time Meteor: Film Pod, with our fabulous Mark II cosmic ray detector (!), and Apollo 50 soundscape to the Apollo 50 festival on 20th July 2019. Alongside this, we were also delighted to share the wonderful banner (top left) created by Garras School pupils with Paula Bolton, Goonhilly artist in residence.
Performance: June 21st 2019
Lizard Tea Treat Singers at Lizard Midsummer Bonfire
Our wonderful pop-up community choir gave a wonderful performance at the Lizard Midsummer Bonfire on Friday 21st June. We were delighted to share the special songs which have been commissioned to celebrate the 400 Year anniversary of the first lighthouse and the story of communications on the Lizard.
event: June 7 2019
400 Light Years: Performance / Artist Talk
June 7 2019: We had a wonderful time at our performance/sharing at the end of our 400 Light Years research week. Click here to visit 400 Light Years page for video clips and reactions from the night. Thanks to all our funders and partners for making this possible!
Open Studio - #400 Light Years
We were down at Polpeor Studio, Lizard Point from Sunday to Thursday 2-6 June with an Open Studio every afternoon, an opportunity to see what we were doing and meet the artists.
SUNDAY 2nd June - special engagement event
On Sunday 11-3 we held a FREE drop-in with Alan Porter, Mayes Creative's electronics whizz, with a chance to make sensors and find out about the creative technology we've been working with (including our Cosmic Ray detectors.
Check us out on @MayesCreative and #400LightYears on Twitter and Instagram for Carolyn Kennett's amazing daily astrophysics facts!
Click here to visit our project page
Lizard Tea Treat Singers
Our inspiring choirs leader Pip Wright is leading this new venture, in partnership with Landewednack School. Our taster session was a great success, with 14 community members joining the whole school, led by Pip, Alex and their singers. First rehearsal sounded amazing - looking forward to hearing how they progress!
Semaphore Stories: Community Arts Event on Scilly
Lizard Wireless Station// Drawing workshops
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
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).
Headline image credit: Lizard Point Lighthouse (Gavan Goulder 2019)