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!
Exciting learning opportunities for artists
We have some special opportunities for artists coming up over the next couple of months. Check out our workshops and events section for further details!
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
Film Weekend 5-7 May
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!
Last 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!
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!
Dark Skies: Bright Stars on Bodmin Moor nearly 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.