Autumn Seas and Stars on the Lizard, Cornwall

Deadline: 24/06/2024

City: Chyvarloe, Helston TR12 7PY  |  Region: Cornwall and Isles of Scilly  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Joanna Mayes

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Autumn Seas and Stars Group Artist Residency at Penrose on the Lizard (November 18th to November 22nd 2024). A fantastic opportunity to spend time with like-minded people in the awe-inspiring dark skies location of National Trust Penrose Estate, Cornwall, nestled within the UK's Lizard peninsular. This fascinating arts-science-heritage opportunity is curated to inspire art practitioners, researchers and thinkers alike.

About the Residency

We reside at Penrose bunkhouse, a wild, natural setting near the incredible Loe bar and the Lizard coastline, Cornwall

Located right on the South West Coast Path at Chyvarloe in Cornwall, Penrose bunkhouse is the ideal accommodation for our creative groups to spend time exploring the spectacular Lizard peninsula.

Simple, but with all the basic facilities you’d expect from a holiday property, the bunkhouse is heated by a wood burning stove in the living room.

But with spectacular sea views, you probably won’t be spending much time indoors. 

We are walking distance to the Loe Bar and Gunwalloe cove and a short hop to Church Cove, Porthleven and Kynance Cove.

There is lots of coastal flora and fauna to explore - this is also a good time of year to spot the amazing Atlantic sealife - dolphins, whales are seals are regular winter visitors, but not guaranteed!

We welcome all art forms with lots of outdoor space 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. We encourage everyone to share enthusiasm and relevant research; our overview project theme, Autumn Seas and Dark Skies' is connected to star stories, astronomy, geology, and local heritage.


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.


This bunkhouse offers communal spaces, both indoor and outdoor. 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. There is a lovely local pub serving great food, Helston is a short bus journey away with all its supermarkets. 

Further Details:

Taking the theme of 'autumnal seas and dark skies' we consider the stories of stars and the wild coastline of the Lizard peninsular, looking at how people have lived and worked this special landscape since prehistory using and enjoying the ancient night skies and sea connectivity that we can experience today.

Highlights during the residency include:

**A mix of art, science and heritage discussions

**Informative and inspiring walks including Kynance Cove, Church Cove and around the Penrose estate.

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

**Visit the 'Ancient cliff castles along the sea roads of the Lizard', with Carolyn Kennett

**Enjoy a sunset and low light opportunities (weather dependant)

**Star gazing in the wonderful dark skies of Lizard, with astronomer Carolyn Kennett as our guide

£299 - full price per person (£249 if you are staying in your own accommodation). 

One subsidised place for a Cornwall resident who will be staying in their own accommodation. This place is competitive £149. 

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

You will be sharing a  large dorm rooms in the bunkhouse with same-sex participants. If we cannot accommodate due to the mix of gender we can discuss alternative local accommodation. We will be offering off-site places to a small number of people who wish to stay at the local campsite, due to limited accommodation at the bunkhouse. 

We offer a welcoming atmosphere and work hard to be inclusive and make adaptations to ensure that people of all learning styles and levels of physical ability are catered for.

Please get in touch if you have any particular questions or needs you wish to talk to us about prior to application.

This particular residency does include some longer walks, so please chat to us if you have any concerns about this - all activities are optional, but we don't want anyone to feel left out.

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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Artists, creatives, thinkers, researchers
When is the deadline?
The second round of submissions and the final deadline for all applications is midnight on 24/06/2024
How much does it cost?
£299 per person for a 4-night residency/retreat at Cot Valley YHA with full access to the hostel and residency content and activities.

£249 for a non-residential space (you stay off-site in your own accommodation).

Food, drink and travel are not included.
Are there payments to artists?
Does the location have disabled access?
Please see accessibility information on Penrose bunkhouse website
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.
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.
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.
What happens in the case of a 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.

In the event of a national lockdown, we will reimburse all payments made to participants.
Cancellation Policy
50% refund will be made for cancellations received 20 days before the date of arrival. No refund thereafter, unless we can fill your space.
Cornwall supported place
The supported place is competitive and will be awarded on need and benefit to the applicant. The cost will be £149 and the person awarded will be staying off-site in their own accommodation.

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