Cot Valley: Dark Skies, Wild Seas, Ancient Places 2 (Second Round)
Deadline: 26/11/2023 | City: Cot Valley, St Just, Penzance | Region: Cornwall and Isles of Scilly | Country: United Kingdom | Joanna Mayes
Dark Skies, Wild Seas, Ancient Places 2: Cot Valley Group Artist Residency (January 14th to January 18th 2024). A fantastic opportunity to spend time with like-minded people in the awe-inspiring dark skies location of Cot Valley, Cornwall, nestled within the UK's most Westerly peninsular. This fascinating arts-science-heritage opportunity is curated to inspire art practitioners, researchers and thinkers alike.
About the Residency
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, and lowlight winter nights for stargazing and footpaths leading from the hostel to the coast and the village of St Just.
10 minutes walk to the unusual prehistoric site of Ballowall Barrow which overlooks the Atlantic. 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 'Dark Skies, Wild Seas, Ancient Places' 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.
Participants will also be invited to join the Mayes Creative artists 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 cross-section.
This hostel 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. 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 offered nearby in St. Just for people to eat out or order in, as well as places to purchase groceries.
Taking the theme of 'Dark Skies, Wild Seas' we consider the stories of stars and the wild coastline of the Cornish 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 St. Just to Tregeseal
**A group visit to the Kurt Jackson gallery in St Just
**Phytograms and alternative film development using plants with artist Joanna Mayes
**Visit the 'Ancient Ballowall Barrow', followed by an ancient sites talk with Carolyn Kennett
**Enjoy a sunset and low light opportunities (weather dependant)
**Star gazing in the wonderful dark skies of Penwith, with astronomer Carolyn Kennett as our guide
£299 - full price per person (£249 if you are staying in your own accommodation).
Prices include shared accommodation for four nights in this stunning location and full use of the hostel.
You will be sharing a large dorm room at the YHA with same-sex participants. We will discuss details with you prior to your stay to make sure you are comfortable with the arrangements.
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.
This is round two and decisions will be made for the final places on a rolling basis.
£249 for a non-residential space (you stay off-site in your own accommodation).
Food, drink and travel are not included.
In the event of a national lockdown, we will reimburse all payments made to participants.
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