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: Saturday 20th July 2019
MC head to Apollo 50 festival at Goonhilly
We are 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 are delighted to be showing the wonderful banner (top left) created by Garras School pupils with Paula Bolton, Goonhilly artist in residence.
Opportunity: Sunday 21st July 2019
Poltesco Heritage: Drawing Workshop - rescheduled for 21st July
Drawing Workshop: Sunday 21st July 2019 Enjoy a drawing workshop (booking essential) with visual artist Peter Beeson at Poltesco Cove, exploring the tonal values and ruggedly beautiful heritage of the Lizard peninsula, taking inspiration from the local heritage of stone used both for the creation of barrows in the Bronze Age and sought-after serpentine ornaments in Victorian times.
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Guided Walk: date now Sunday 15th September Sea Roads: Come and join heritage expert Carolyn Kennett for a morning walk through the beautiful countryside and coastal paths around Poltesco Cove and Cadgwith: from Bronze Age barrows to Victorian serpentine works. Hoping for good weather this time!
Walk: Free, no booking required.
Drawing Session: £5 deposit to secure your place (refundable on attendance): Please email email@example.com to register your interest and we will let you know as soon as we have a new date for this workshop.
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Performance: June 21st 2019
Lizard Tea Treat Singers at Lizard Midsummer Bonfire
Our wonderful pop-up community choir have been rehearsing hard ready for our performance at the Lizard Midsummer Bonfire on Friday 21st June. Really looking forward to hearing 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!
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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)