Dark Skies: Bright Stars
Dark Skies: Bright Stars brings together heritage partners and creative practitioners to explore the exciting history of astronomy in Cornwall. Starting with a junior schools puppetry project inspired by the incredible links between The Hurlers stone circles and our understanding of our relationship to the stars!
Summer activities for families
Our summer offer for families is now complete! See below for details :). Thanks again to Heritage Lottery Fund, Feast and everyone who buys lottery tickets and supports project such as these.
Mayes Creative is 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. A first call is out for dancers to work with Lois Taylor on her exciting Rosehip Barn astronomy heritage project and four schools around The Hurlers are booking up for heritage tours and an amazing shadow puppetry project led by Cornwall artist Reg Payn.
Phase 2 sees a significant expansion of the project, involving Launceston Museum, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, more schools, community groups and local libraries in the area. ...more news here as we have it! We are seeking additional funding to bring in exciting new science and technology partners to extend the project into deep space exploration (contemporary astronomy), including a Raspberry Pi home-built cosmic ray detector!
Brian Sheen from Roseland Observatory and Carolyn Kennett of South West Astronomy Heritage have started work on their heritage research for the project; working out the best way to share what they know and continuing research into the life of John Couch Adams. John Couch Adams, Cornwall's most important astronomer, co-discovered Neptune with Le Verrier in 1846.
We are also focusing on the Rev Haydon, who was head of Liskeard grammar school, and was part of the important longitude investigations in the 1700s.
Alongside these astronomy heroes, we are also enjoying learning more about The Hurlers stone circles at Minions, Bodmin Moor. These incredible circles are now investigated has having key relationships with both Orian's Belt and the position of the sun at important times of the year (Equinox and Solstice).
Brian and Carolyn and working towards producing self-guided tour leaflets to help us all enjoy the astronomy heritage of Bodmin Moor and beyond.
Liskeard School film project with Cinestar
Mayes Creative brought in Cinestar artist filmmakers to work with the art department at Liskeard School to offer an unusual analogue film workshop for their students. The students' final film is below....congratulations to everyone for creating a really unusual and memorable film response to our astronomy heritage.
The film below is a mash-up of the student's work with 'cameraless film' where they took old footage bought blind on ebay called Longitude and Latitude which turned out to be an old informational film. The students scratched, scraped and drew on it, with changed both the image and sound. The results were telecined at IDailies and can be seen below. A completely different, more random and tactile, effect than digital manipulation.
Calling Liskeard creatives!
Wonderful opportunities to get involved in our project and develop your creativity! Next Vital Spark session, Saturday 7th October 2017 at Liskerrett Centre, followed by the first Sounds Vital project meeting on Sunday 22nd October.....see below for more info....
Sky Dances at Rosehip Barn & Sterts Theatre
Follow-on sessions will be in September 2017
To book/details please call Lois Taylor on 0773058630
Saturday 13th May: was a first chance for youth and adult dancers & artists to join highly experienced dance artist Lois Taylor to learn about our local heritage through creative dance. Lois noted that,
"We are finding out about John Couch Adams, his discovery of Neptune by noticing the perturbation of Uranus and doing the maths! We have discovered the planet orbits on a tilt, has huge winds, is an amazing blue.
We have been in awe at the scale of mathematical equations needed to do this discovery so the youth dance group have been doing dance equation: how many spins or wriggles does it get from point a to point B, we have covered the wall with a large sheet of paper to write up our sums. They have been orbiting each other, we have done a "Got it" dance for the moment that J C A realised he had worked things out! We have pulled each other off course enjoying the meaning of a new word to us "perturbation" and we have rubbed our feet in coloured pastels and danced our dances onto paper on the floor to see what patterns we create."
As part of the Dark Skies: Bright Stars creative astronomy heritage project running across Bodmin Moor this summer and autumn, Lois Taylor is running Sky Dance workshops at Rosehip Barn and STERTS.
Youth Dance Info:
June 3rd, 2 - 4, Rosehip Barn,
June 17th 10 - 12 STERTS,
June 25th 1.30 - 4 STERTS (to perform their dance as part of Midsummer Dance)
Our Youth Creative Dance workshops are offered as part of the Rosehip Barn Youth Dance Group
Come along, try it out and hear more about the exciting workshop and performance opportunities offered by the group.
For more information on how your son or daughter can get involved contact Gemma Kempthorne on: 07813111198 or just turn up on Saturday at 10!
To book/details please call Lois on 07730586306
This unique opportunity will offer an introduction to creative ideas and guided exploration through movement inspired by our relationship to the night sky.
Lois is known for building bridges between art forms, making it fun, thought provoking and accessible working with all ages and abilites. She is an associate artist for Hall for Cornwall.
Adult Creative Dance Info:
June 3rd 10-2 (with further dates tbc)
We are looking for a small group of creative people to join us at Rosehip Barn.
We will be exploring ideas inspired by the night sky.
Movers, writers, artists, music makers all welcome.
We will work collectively, sharing ideas and responses. The sessions will be facilitated by Lois Taylor and is part of The Dark Skies Heritage Lottery project in which people across Cornwall are exploring the heritage of astronomy through film, music, dance, puppetry and more.
Each day will begin with a cuppa and sharing of ideas followed by creative development, play, exploration and making.
Saturday 13th May 10am - 2pm Shared lunch 1 - 2 pm with guest astronomer from Roseland Observatory Brian Sheen
Saturday 3rd 10am - 2pm Shared lunch 1 - 2 and planning for future gatherings.
Fee: £25 for both days or £15 per day tea and coffee included.
If you are interested contact Lois Taylor 07730586306
FB: Lois Taylor
Rosehip Barn St Clether near Launceton PL15 8QN https://www.rosehip-yoga.com/venue
STERTS - Upton Cross Liskeard
Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Feast