Above & Below - Land's End arts-science group residency

Deadline: 20/10/2021  |  Published: 24/09/2021  |  City: Lands End  |  Region: Cornwall and Isles of Scilly  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Mayes Creative

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Above & Below: Lands End Group Artist Residency (November 7th - 11th, 2021). A fantastic opportunity to spend time with like-minded people in the awe-inspiring location of Lands End, Cornwall, the UK's most Westerly point. This fascinating arts-science-heritage opportunity is curated to inspire art practitioners, researchers and thinkers alike.

We reside at Lands End YHA, a wild, natural setting with views down the Cot Valley of the vast Celtic sea. This remarkable building boasts 1920s period features, a cosy open fire and plenty of indoor and outdoor space, lowlight nights for stargazing and footpaths leading from the hostel to the coast and the village of St Just. 

We welcome all art forms with lots of room for site-specific working and an abundance of ancient sites and creative walks to fuel inspiration. 

We encourage creatives, researchers and enthusiasts of all disciplines; if you know anyone you think would be interested in the residency, please encourage them to apply. 

Our residencies have a relaxed environment with plenty of time to immerse yourselves in your practice or research. There will be many opportunities to collaborate work and ideas with others. We encourage everyone to share enthusiasm and relevant research; our overview project theme 'Above & Below' is connected to space exploration, Cornish heritage, planetary science and geophysics.


We invite you to showcase your work through our networking channels and contribute to our online blog, this will be shared across our social media platforms. Additionally, if taken up, each artist will have a section on the Mayes Creative website dedicated to their work on this residency. 

Participants will also be invited to join the Mayes Creative artists Patreon network (for a small subscription fee); designed to continue working relationships and collaborations, provoke conversation and discussion, and offer informed advice on funding, project development and working in the arts-science-heritage sectors.


Due to the current pandemic, we will be offering limited places, and participants are asked to bubble with a family member, friend or colleague with a minimum of two to each room. 

There is lots of communal space, both indoor and outdoor, and social distancing is possible. We will be adhering to all current Covid-19 regulations and government guidelines. Check out our FAQs and don't hesitate to get in touch using the enquiry form.

The hostel has a well-equipped self-catering kitchen for which we can organise timetabled usage. The dining room and lounge are joined with ample room. The lounge overlooks the pretty garden and the dining room is connected to the self-catering kitchen by an enclosed veranda. Many rooms enjoy stunning sea views. There is a lovely local pub serving food known for its curry and a great artisan deli and pizza offer nearby for people to eat out or order in.

Further Details:

Taking the theme of 'Above and Below' we consider materiality and ways in which the story of the development of the solar system impacts on our knowledge and understanding of life on Earth. We consider Cornwall's amazing prehistoric and industrial material heritage and extend perspectives through an exploration of connections between planetary and terrestrial geology.

Highlights during the residency include:

**A mix of art, science and heritage discussions

**an opportunity to delve into the Cornish language with local specialist - Tony Wood (TBC)

**Informative and inspiring walks including St. Just to Tregeseal and a low light walk around Chapel Carn Brea 

**A group visit to the Kurt Jackson gallery in St Just

**Phytograms and alternative film development using plants with artist Joanna Mayes

**Capture sounds and immerse yourselves in deep sonic listening hosted by Justin Wiggan (TBC) during a visit to Carn Euny - one of the best-preserved Iron Age villages in South West England, 

**Visit the 'Fogou', a Subterranean space, followed by an ancient sites talk with Carolyn Kennett

**Low light nights with plenty of stargazing opportunities (weather dependant)


£249 - full price per person (16 spaces in 8 rooms, booked as bubbles of at least 2)

2 x £99 concessionary rate places are available to Cornwall residents in need of support. These will be chosen by need, enthusiasm and artist portfolio and/or statement. There will be the opportunity to apply for this within the application form.

Prices include shared accommodation for four nights in this stunning location and full use of the hostel.  

There will also be an opportunity for one artist to contribute a workshop to the residency, in return for a discount of £50 off the full price. Please apply for this within the application form. 

This residency is part of the Above and Below project produced by Mayes Creative and is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and Feast.


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Artists, creatives, thinkers, researchers
When is the deadline?
The first round of submissions and initial deadline for all applications is midnight on 20th October 2021.
A second round, if all places are not filled, will be announced shortly after the above date.
How much does it cost?
£249 per person for a 4-night residency/retreat at Lands End YHA with full access to the hostel and residency content and activities.
£99 per person supported places (Cornwall residents, see below)
Due to the current pandemic participants are asked to bubble with a family member, friend or colleague with a minimum of two to each room.
Food, drink and travel are not included.
Two concessionary rate places are available to Cornwall residents in need of support. This will be chosen by need, enthusiasm and artist portfolio and/or statement.
Are there payments to artists?
Does the location have disabled access?
Please see YHA accessibility webpage for details.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Any work which is created from residency themes will be shared online via Mayes Creative's social media and web channels. Additionally, if taken up, each artist will have a section on the Mayes Creative website dedicated to their work on this residency.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
We will let you know that your proposal has been chosen and we will send you a link to our bookings site. Here you will be prompted to pay for a minimum bubble of two places.
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
Those who show an interest in the residency themes and also participants who would be potential future collaborators. We are especially keen on meeting people with a related research interest.
What are the selection criteria?
We have wide selection criteria for this residency - so long as this residency is relevant to your practice/you have a creative reason to attend. We are also looking for a mix of creative practices so that everyone can benefit from considering alternative approaches to the thematic material. Interested partners are also welcome to attend and take part in activities.

We especially favour those with relevant research interests.
What happens in the case of national lockdown or a Covid-19 related complication?
We will be following current government guidelines relating to covid-19 regulations. We will also respect the participant's decision to socially distance themselves. We will ask all participants to perform a lateral flow test before travelling and during their stay.
In the event of a participant being unable to travel due to contracting Covid-19, we will refund payment upon proof of a positive test result.
In the event of a national lockdown, we will reimburse all payments made to participants.
What kind of accommodation is available?
In addition to standard youth hostel accommodation, there are two heated outdoor camping pods for those who prefer to sleep outdoors (please state this in your application and we will try and accommodate you). We have four rooms with double beds; if you are applying with a partner and would prefer a double bed please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate.

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