Mayes Creative Opportunities and Workshops

STARS & STONES: Sound & Film Jams

FREE site-specific artist development days

Produced by Mayes Creative, delivered in partnership with Cultivator and supported by the European Regional Development Fund, Arts Council England, Cornwall Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and FEAST Cornwall

Wednesday May 2nd, Thursday May 3rd & Friday May 4th 2018

Penwith Stone Circles, West Cornwall

Free, booking required with £10 deposit repaid on attendance & receipt of feedback

FREE site-specific artist CPD at its most interesting, working with sound and film practitioners in the beautiful settings of Penwith stone circles The Merry Maidens, Nine Maidens and Boscawen Un. Sign up for a half day or a full day session with us on the Weds 2nd or Thurs 3rd May, then join us for our shared editing day at Land’s End YHA, Cot Valley, St Just on Friday 4th May. You’ll get a chance to work alongside Paper Cinema’s Chris Reed from Bristol, recording environmental sound, with Cornish practitioner Robin Tyndale-Biscoe undertaking sonic testing of ancient sites, and with US practitioner Robert Schaller of in Colorado on site-specific analogue filming and hand processing using friendly chemicals. An open editing day follows at Land’s End YHA where we can process & look at what we have created.

All locations/meeting points are weather dependent so please book and we will inform participants of any changes.

Wednesday May 2nd – 10am – 1pm Merry Maidens / 2pm-5pm Nine Maidens

Thursday May 3rd – 10am – 1pm Merry Maidens / 2pm-5pm Boscawen Un

Friday May 4th – 10am – 4pm Lands End YHA for editing day (no sign up needed) and wet weather contingency for 2nd/3rd May

Cost:  Offered FREE thanks to Cultivator, Heritage Lottery Fund & FEAST, £10 fully refundable booking fee

Bookings & full info:

Image: Ancient Light by Mel King













LAND & SEA: Land’s End Film & Photography Workshops 

with USA Wilderness Filmmaker Robert Schaller

Saturday May 5th – Monday May 7th 2018, Land’s End, Cornwall 

Single workshops: £60 full, £40 half day
3 day residency: Early Bird individual £145, company/institution £215
OR individual £180, institution £270 (Includes all materials: reversal film/chemistry; bring your favourite 16mm/8mm film camera or share ours by request)


Join us for three days of special creative filmmaking workshops with visiting Colorado artist-filmmaker Robert Schaller, responding to the dark skies, bright stars, neolithic sites and archaeoastronomical landscapes of West Penwith! The three days of exciting workshops cover a wealth of film making principles that can be taken as a whole or booked day by day. In between we will be experimenting with low light filming techniques under our wonderful Penwith Dark Skies! Come and work with artist tutors to explore and get creative with shooting analogue film and hand processing in the wild!

We are offering:

BEGINNERS BOLEX 16mm pathway Saturday 5th May and/or Sunday 6th May

Both days start with an off-site filming session (Saturday, coastal filming at Porth Nanven, Sunday at Lizard Lighthouse) and then back to Land’s End YHA to process our work using kitchen-friendly caffenol. On Sunday we will join the reversal processing session (below). You will come away with all the basics on buying film and how to set up your own home processing centre.

MAKE YOUR OWN FILM EMULSION! Saturday 5th May (£60 full day, £40 half day 2-5/6pm)

Join our off-site filming session (see Bolex pathway above) returning in the afternoon for a technical session at Land’s End YHA. In the afternoon, Robert will be sharing his experience and leading a session of experimentation with handmade emulsion. Available as part of our ‘Film Weekender’ or book in for day/afternoon on Saturday 5th May.

EVENING SHARING SESSION (free but please let us know you’re coming) Land’s End YHA Saturday 5th May

Bring film and photographic work to share! Led by Robert Schaller

KITCHEN-FRIENDLY HOME REVERSAL PROCESSING Sunday 6th May (£60 full day, £40 half day 2-5/6pm)

Join our off-site filming session (see Bolex pathway above) returning in the afternoon for a kitchen processing session! Film artists Joanna Mayes and Robert Schaller share their interest in kitchen-friendly chemicals; reversal processing with caffenol (coffee, vitamin C, washing soda and salt) and peracetic acid reversal processing techniques, a new process that removes the need for harsh reversal bleaches.


Robert Schaller has been leading wilderness filmmaking camps in the USA for many years. We will be heading out to Tregeseal Stone Circle on Penwith Moors, considering ways of working with landscape, directionality and navigation. Robert will bring his portable darkroom and we will have a chance to bucket process our film out on the moors!

Email for details of shared accomm at YHA Land’s End

Dark Skies: Bright Stars from Mayes Creative is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and FEAST Cornwall.