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!
An exciting new Social Media project, led by St Ives artist Peter Beeson, celebrating the start of the new Solar Cycle. We focus on Swiss astronomer Schwabe, whose 17 years of daily observations of the Sun led to the discovery of the solar cycle, through sunspot activity. Beeson will be making 17 daily observations of the sun and asking other artists to join him, sharing the results on instagram using the hashtag #seventeensuns. You can also see the daily feed on our webpage by clicking here.
We can't wait to see them!
Measure To The Moon: Citizen Science Photography Project
Following The Light: Pop-Up Exhibition and Film Screening
Our main Following The Light activities went ahead, although we cancelled the artists' networking event and asked anyone who is interested to either follow us on social media (@mayescreative). Our pop-up exhibition and closed performance were recorded, along with a walkthrough of the exhibition, for sharing online and on social media.
Following The Light: Performance and Private View
Friday March 20th 7-9pm
Performance - closed event, recorded for online/social media sharing
Joanna Mayes and Justin Wiggan lead an exciting site-specific sharing of live sound and visuals in the special location of the Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre. We also celebrate our pop-up exhibition and film screening sharing work by the MC team and residents on our Following The Light residency, alongside films selected from our Following The Light film call.
Following The Light: Film Screening
Friday 20th March- Saturday 21st March (11-5)
Free with entrance to the Lighthouse Heritage Centre
A screening in the very special location of the Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre, from an open call for work on the theme of Following The Light/Solar.
As the Heritage Centre remains open, this screening is technically going ahead, but we will be offering a timed online screening event next weekend/or the following one. Please check back here or on social media for details.
Part of our Measuring The Universe programme, kindly supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Feast.
Click here for details of the screening.
Following The Light: Multidisciplinary Residency
This call has now closed.
A wonderful opportunity to spend time and get creative in the inspiring location of Lizard Point, staying in the Lizard Point YHA, nestled between the lighthouse and the sea, surrounded by like-minded people.
£100 for 4 night residency/retreat at Lizard Point YHA
£45 supported places (Cornwall residents, see below)
We are keeping this very low cost (£100 for 4 nights) to make it accessible for as many as possible, with 4 places available for Cornwall residents @£45 (assessed by financial need/what you can bring to the residency).
Our Cornwall residents' supported places have now been filled. 2nd Round for standard applications now open - closes 4th March
We welcome all artforms and are also keen to include researchers/ enthusiasts of all disciplines.
This residency is part of the Measuring The Universe project, produced by Mayes Creative and kindly supported by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and FEAST.
Click here for more details and to apply!
Event: Walk and Talk, Falmouth Maritime Museum; Sat 21st February 2020
Walking The Universe: National Maritime Museum, Falmouth
After our successful events at Tate St Ives and Porthmeor Studios, join us at Falmouth Maritime Museum learn about your place in the universe through walking inside the museum! A meeting between art and science. Click here for more details
Recent Event: Exhibitions: Helston & Lumen Gallery, London Oct-Nov 19
Exhibition: until Sept 23rd 2019; banner on display - ongoing
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 at Apollo 50 festival at Goonhilly
We were excited to bring 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
Black holes, Neutron Stars and Gamma Ray Bursts.....
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).
Lizard Wireless Station// Drawing workshops
Semaphore Stories: Community Arts Event on Scilly
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.
Headline image credit: Lizard Point Lighthouse (Gavan Goulder 2019)