Workplace Wonders: Spring Equinox Edition –  Inspiration for the creatively curious

Looking for a creative kickstart and a renewed focus for Spring? Workplace Wonders is a series of evening workshops designed to wake up your creativity with an insight into new skills and practices. Workplace Wonders is about gently moving out of the work environment and into a creative space in your own time, with introductory sessions over Zoom on a range of artist practices, including mark-making, writing, solargraphy and phytograms, all themed around the Spring Equinox. Taking place across two weeks with two sessions a week at family and work-friendly times, join our experienced workshop leaders and arts practitioners for an interruption to the ‘everyday’ and a welcome addition to your normal routine.

Dates: 9th March to 30th March, with sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7pm to 9pm

Price: £75 full price / £35 subsidised

We have kept the cost as low as possible to make this residency accessible to all, with 4 places set aside at the subsidised rate for the low-waged. To apply for the subsidised rate please email, or make it clear in your CuratorSpace application that you would like to be considered for this. It will be decided on the basis of need, and it will be on trust – we will not ask you to prove your financial situation in any way.

About the residency

The main residency sessions will take place from 9th to 18th March on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 7pm and 9pm, and there will be a follow-on catch up session on 30th March. The workshops will take place over Zoom, and you will be invited to join a private Facebook group with your fellow participants, where you can share progress and ideas over the course of the residency.

We welcome all to apply; artists, creatives, thinkers and dreamers! There will be opportunities to share and discuss sparks and interests wider than the workshops themselves. We encourage everyone to bring ideas, enthusiasms and questions with them, and we’ll aim to explore these along the way.

The workshops won’t usually require any more equipment than things you can find in your own home, but where there is something more specialised we can provide materials if needed.

As experienced workshop leaders and artist residency producers, Mayes Creative firmly believes that our minds work best when relaxed and creatively engaged. Take a step out of the normal routine and be inspired by introductions into new skills that can be explored further if they spark your interest.

Confirmed for Workplace Wonders: Spring Equinox:

*Keith Sparrow, manga artist, cartoonist and writer will share a workshop on balancing your light and dark sides in tune with the Spring Equinox, showing you how to draw and write your own personal equinox-inspired flip-sides and doppelgängers.

*Joanna Mayes, Mayes Creative director and analogue film artist, will share the art of phytograms; how to use the chemistry of plants to develop images on photographic paper with sunlight.

*Artist Peter Beeson will explore light and shade, and how to use mark-making to create tone in your drawings.

*Olga Suchanova, visual artist and curator, will share how to make a pinhole camera using items found in your very own home.

*Carolyn Kennett, Cornwall-based archaeoastronomer, will lead an introductory session giving background to the Equinox and sharing the stories and creative inspiration around it.

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