Dark Skies: Bright Stars
Dark Skies: Bright Stars brings together heritage partners and creative practitioners to explore the exciting history of astronomy in Cornwall. We are now moving on to our Deep Space phase, where we are working with Software Cornwall to develop a low-tech (but still incredibly clever!) Cosmic Ray (Muon) Detector. The basic detector is now built and our project artists are moving on to looking at ways in which to work with this data in preparation for our performance at Sterts Theatre on 21st April 2018!
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 Salt and Sails Festival in July!
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!
Immersive Filmmaking workshop now completed - more planned for next year
We were 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!
This workshop offered 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.
We are now looking at continuing this series, with an immersive workshops next year on the Lizard Peninsula. Join our mailing list, or follow us on Twitter of Facebook to keep informed.
Vital Spark - congratulations to all involved
This was a wonderful evening full of creativity! We are very much looking forward to hearing more about how some of these new collaborations develop....thanks to everyone involved and especially to Lois Taylor for all the wonderful creative inspiration and to Carolyn Kennett for sharing heritage inspiration!
Deep Space: Creative research & cosmic rays
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! Our artist-led performance at Sterts Theatre is now complete and we are looking at ways of extending the use of our Cosmic Ray Detector into controlling video playback. More on this later!
Dark Skies: Bright Stars on Bodmin Moor now completed..
We have had a wonderful time working around Bodmin Moor, getting to know the wonderful astronomy heritage in the area and working with local communities. The Hurlers have been a highlight with our wonderful immersion weekend and adventurous dance and singing activities on the moor! For details of our Bodmin Moor activities, please click here.
We are planning to continue our exploration of astronomy heritage in Penwith and Isles of Scilly, who are also working towards a Dark Skies park bid...watch this space!
Brian Sheen from Roseland Observatory and Carolyn Kennett of South West Astronomy Heritage have been working 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.
Mayes Creative is working on an exciting new project series, inspired by the Penwith and Isles of Scilly Dark Skies bid. Our first phase, will look 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.