Mayes Creative engages the communities of Cornwall, Isles of Scilly and beyond in creative experiences to explore their world through heritage, science, technology and the environment. We want to discover new ways of thinking and doing that are fun and surprising, encouraging inspiration and broadening horizons.


A fantastic opportunity to spend time with like-minded people in the awe-inspiring location of Land’s 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 Land’s 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.


Pigment and Places is an outdoor drawing workshop at Rosevale Mine, Zennor on Saturday, October 2, 10am to 1pm.

Artist Peter Beeson will lead a small group outdoor drawing workshop at Rosevale mine, exploring tonal possibilities of the surroundings with methods using charcoal and soft pastels, some of which have been produced by using pigments gathered at the location.

Drawings made at the workshop will contribute to the creation of a sign to hang outside the mine.

Although this workshop is fully booked, you can join the waiting list as we are considering running another session.

“How To” with Mayes Creative

Our ‘How to’ guides aim to show you a fun way to get creative online using an array of handy resources. The easy-to-follow videos and written guides are brilliant for those who are new to using technology and a great way to get stuck in.







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Watching the sun:

Carolyn Kennett and Cheryl Straffon’s illustrated online talk, and Q&A, on the sun and Cornwall’s ancient monuments can be watched here. The pair discuss Watching the Sun – a booklet containing collection of solar-themed articles offering insights of the significance of the sun to Cornwall’s historical sites.



For our Creative Challenge interviews, Mayes Creative’s Morag Robertson spoke to Wendy Watson, who lives in St Ives. Wendy has been furloughed and took up more than one creative art during lockdown. Listen the the interview below.

Since we spoke to Wendy in Covid Lockdown #1, she has returned to work during a very busy summer in St Ives. She also tells Morag Robertson what else she has been doing and what she hopes for the new year. Hear what she has to say below.

Creative Challenge Cornwall

Creative Challenge Cornwall is a Mayes Creative initiative to promote lockdown creativity.

Mayes Creative is known for its extensive work in local communities and Creative Challenge Cornwall sought to deliver opportunities for those in Cornwall to explore, create, be inspired, and communicate. Check out the Creative Cornwall website where Mayes Creative featured challenges and ideas to get creative, whatever the shape of people’s isolation.


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