Maria Hayes BA (Hons) MA PhD 2, Fron Olau, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, United Kingdom LL41 4BA 01766 830049 Home / 07817 297922 Mobile email@example.com www.mariahayes.info PERSONAL PROFILE Maria Hayes is an artist/educator and has been self-employed since 1986. In 2008 she returned to academia and was awarded a PhD (Fine Art) from Aberystwyth University in 2013. Hayes often collaborates with musicians, dancers, actors, storytellers and poets on performance based projects. She shows work extensively in solo and group exhibitions, and performs drawing at live events. Hayes’s work is in national and international private and public collections. Regularly commissioned to devise and deliver workshops, training and longer courses for schools, gallery and higher education, Hayes has worked with all ages and abilities. She has extensive experience of working with young people with special needs, mild to severe learning difficulties and other forms of disadvantage. In April 2012, Hayes received a Drawing Inspiration Award for her Energy Gift Exchange project, which was part of the Big Draw events in 2011. In October 2012 Action for Children’s Arts awarded her a Member’s Award for her ‘contribution to the enrichment of children’s lives through the arts’. Her current practice explores methods of drawing movement from observation, with and without technological assistance. Pioneering a method called video projection drawing (VPD), Hayes works with a mode of drawing that facilitates ‘a condition of connected looking’ (Hayes 2013). Artist’s Statement Looking at and drawing movement is a complex task. The video projection drawing technique maintains the eye’s gaze on the subject. Sustained contact generates a deeper engagement in the act of looking and drawing. This technique retrains the body to facilitate a condition of connected looking. In such a condition, the process of observing and drawing becomes integrated to the extent that the distance experienced between the observer and the observed is dissolved. I propose that such a method is one of mindfulness drawing. EDUCATION Highest qualification Doctorate Aberystwyth University Oct 2008 – Dec 2012 (4 years 3 months) PhD Fine Art A practice based research investigating drawing movement with a video projection drawing method. (Awarded August 2013) Thesis: Learning to Dance on the Page (final submission July 2013) Exhibition: Shedding Skins (October – November 2011) The exhibition included four rooms, a video installation, two exhibition rooms and a demonstration room. Throughout the show the demonstration room hosted various performances and workshop sessions with groups ranging from schools to post-graduates. This was titled the Energy Gift Exchange and was part of Big Draw 2011, and was given the 2011 Drawing Inspiration Award. Abstract from paper based on thesis: Keywords Drawing, observation, technology, connected looking. Technological interventions have altered the course of representation in art throughout history. The camera obscura, camera, data projector, and digital technologies all assist artists to make images that capture a world in motion. Learning to draw movement requires periods of connected looking, which can be difficult to maintain. Video Projection Drawing (VPD) integrates analogue methods of observational drawing within a digitally assisted environment. It is used in this research to retrain embodied responses to a subject in motion, to facilitate learning to dance on the page. The practice-based research culminated in the show Shedding Skins (2011), which included a demonstration space. For twelve days, participants and myself drew the movements of visiting practitioners (musicians, actors, dancers and storytellers) using the video projection method. Participants included art school students and community groups as well as members of the public. They all engaged in an Energy Gift Exchange and observed each other learning to dance on the page in the assisted environment. The resulting research contributes to the field of contemporary Fine Art and to the debate on Fine Art training. It reassesses observational drawing and identifies it as a vital skill base. The findings recommend reinstating observational drawing as a necessary part of Fine Art training. VPD proved to be an accessible method for all levels of artistic and technical ability. Drawing movement in the assisted environment improves looking, deepens engagement, extends familiar skills, develops new ones, retrains embodied responses, and encourages an atmosphere of collaborative creative enquiry. Learning to draw movement requires action and a state of being in concert with the observed situation. Qualities of energy behind continuously unfolding events are obscure. Drawing movement from observation in the video projection allows the artist to reveal what would otherwise remain invisible. It redefines embodied responses, and enables a sustained connection with the energy necessary for learning to dance on the page. North East Wales Institution (NEWI) Oct 2005 – Jun 2006 (9 months) BA Art (Pathways). Illustration. Level 3: 40-credit module in Illustration. I produced a children’s book and a folio of illustrations responding to a variety of briefs. Exhibited work at the London Design Fair in 2006. Leeds University Oct 1985 – Jul 1986 (10 months) MA Theatre Studies Practice based Masters at the Workshop Theatre in Leeds University (Department of English). I devised and directed a performance ‘Body Works’ in June 1986, which looked at incorporating sculpture, drawing and physical theatre. There were five public performances at the Workshop Theatre. Subsidiary subjects included Medieval Mystery Plays, Theatre in Education and Set Design. Portsmouth Polytechnic Oct 1982 – Jun 1985 (2 years 9 months) BA (Hons) Fine Art 1st Class Practice based degree in Fine Art. My specialisms were sculpture and printmaking. My final show was an installation with sculpture and prints. However, underpinning all my work is drawing, whether in two, three or four dimensions. SELF-EMPLOYMENT Artist Facilitator and Trainer August 1986 – Present My freelance work has always balanced exhibiting/performing with devising and delivering workshops based on my practice. I have worked with groups of all ages and abilities in primary, secondary and special schools throughout the UK. As well as being approached by schools directly, galleries, companies and organizations I have delivered education projects for include: Aberystwyth Arts Centre Aberystwyth University ALISS, Birmingham (Artists Learning and Information Support Service) Arts Alive, Crickhowell Bangor University Belmont Arts Centre, Shrewsbury Blue Eyed Soul Dance Company Bodelwyddan Castle Trust British Art Show, Manchester Centre For Performance Research, Aberystwyth Chitraleka Dance Company Denbighshire Council Engage Cymru Hereford Creative Industries Human Rights Commission IBLF (International Business Leadership Federation) Jersey Arts Centre Leeds City Art Gallery Leeds Theatre in Education Company MAC, Birmingham Mid-Pennine Arts Oriel Davies, Newtown Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno Rambert Dance Company Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Trainer 2004 – Present I devise and deliver training courses for artists, craftspeople and teachers. Mentor April 2006 –present 2013-2014 Mentor to Matt Sherratt (Ceramicist) http://www.mattsherratt.com/ 2006-2008 Commissioned to mentor Anna Falcini (Fine Artist) by Hereford Creative Industries. http://www.annafalcini.co.uk/ EMPLOYMENT Part-time Lecturer (Elevate project) Bangor UniversityJanuary 2014 – Present Writing, delivering and assessing accredited courses:
- Professional Practice for Visual Artists
- Artist Facilitator Training Skills.
Visiting Lecturer in Fine Art January 1986 – Present 2013 University of Wales, Bangor 2013 Coleg Menai, Bangor 2011 Aberystwyth University 2010 University of Wales, Bangor and Aberystwyth University 2009 Aberystwyth University 2007 University of Glamorgan, Swansea 1998 – 2001 University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield (Arts Therapy students) 2000 Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow (Performing Arts project) 1998 Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, Dolgellau 1998 North East Wales Institute, Wrexham 1993 Chester College 1992 Falmouth College of Art and Design 1990 -1991 Leeds University 1988 -1989 Leeds Polytechnic 1986 -1987 Portsmouth Polytechnic Arts Business Mentor North Wales (part-time) Cultural Enterprise January 2001 – December 2007 2001-2002 / 2004-2006 / 2007 Cultural Enterprise provided free support and advice to Wales-based cultural businesses. My three appointments were based on project funding as it came on stream or was cut. Funding for the whole company was finally withdrawn in 2007. All nine Wales-wide mentors were made redundant in 2006. In 2007 I assisted in the administration for the closure of the Cardiff office. The Cultural Enterprise model has since been successfully recreated in Scotland. Key mentor duties included: • Responding to clients mentoring and information needs • Maintaining records, accessing and updating remote database • Liaising with other relevant agencies • Working both independently and as part of a Wales-wide team • Promoting the service Personal and studio assistant to sculptor David Nash January 1994 – January 1999 1994 – 1999 Personal and studio assistant to David Nash (Part-time) Key responsibilities: • General administration and project management • Systematized and cataloged work from1966 – 1999 • Organizing Student Days • Assisted in the drawing studio • Curated shows • Liaised with major galleries and preparing for exhibitions worldwide • Installed sculpture in public venues in the UK and in Sweden. • Assisted on two publications of David Nash’s work: Julian Andrews, The Sculpture of David Nash (London: 1996 Lund Humphries) SKILLS
- Creative: I have made and shown work professionally, both alone and in collaboration with others, since 1986. I continually seek to develop my creative and technical skills.
- Educator: Visiting and part-time University lecturer. In a freelance capacity, responsible for devising and delivering creative educational projects UK wide since 1986. (Organisations that have commissioned me include Wales Millennium Centre, Oriel Mostyn, ENGAGE, Ruthin Craft Centre, London Contemporary Dance Theatre Co, Rambert Dance Co, The British Art Show, schools, colleges, universities and community groups.)
- Communicator: an articulate and energetic communicator.
- Interpersonal: positive feedback on course training and mentoring evaluation sheets testifies to my interpersonal skills.
- Project and budget management: highly organized and experienced in planning, executing and documenting projects – and delivering on time and on budget.
- IT: Word, Excel, Power Point, Entourage, Photoshop, Indesign, Final Cut Express, digital imaging and web use. I have experience of both Mac and PC systems.
- Mentor: I regularly mentor other artists and educators.
- Trainer: I regularly devise and deliver training courses to professionals in the Creative Industries and in education.
- Leadership: Experience of leading projects, fundraising and managing teams of creative workers.
- Team player: flexible and responsive, I also enjoy working as a team player.
- Networking: I maintain and continue to develop effective networks.
- Entrepreneur: Self-employed since 1986, I adapt my skills to a rapidly changing sector. Instead of waiting for opportunities, I generate them.
FURTHER INFORMATIONSelected Solo Shows and Collaborative Performances
|2014||Cerebellium (performance)||Pontio, Bangor University|
|2013||Kymbri||Gas Gallery, Aberystwyth (Performance)|
|2013||After Hours at the Polestar Club||Aberystwyth Arts Centre Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Green Man Festival.(Performance)|
|2013||Live Music and Art||The Forge, Camden, London (Performance)|
|2012||Dance Drawings||Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin|
|2011||Shedding Skins||School of Art Gallery, Aberyswyth University|
|2011||Maria Hayes and Busnoys||Tallguy Live Music Night, Egham (Performance)|
|2010||In Concert||School of Art, Aberystwyth(Performance with John Harvey)|
|2009||Skin Deep||Riverfront Arts Centre, Newport (Performance)|
|2008||Long Walks||MOMA, Y Tabernacle, Machynlleth|
|2007||In The Moment||Oriel Mostyn @ Venu Cymru|
|2006/7||Vesica Piscis||Jersey Arts Centre (Performance)Theatre Ardudwy, Harlech (Performance)Diversions Dance House, Cardiff (Performance)|
|2005||Telling Tales||Bleddfa Arts Centre, Bleddfa|
|2004||Telling Tales||Mid Pennine Gallery, Burnley|
|2004||Witness||Theatre Ardudwy, Harlech|
|2003||Face to Face||Wrexham Arts Centre, Wrexham|
|2002||Destinations||Royal International Pavillion, Llangollen|
|2001||Private Lives||Theatre Ardudwy, Harlech(Performance with Volcano Theatre Company)|
|2000||New Eyes||Stoke City Art Gallery, Shrewsbury and Telford|
|2000||Eclipse||Theatre Mwldan, Cardigan|
|1999||Woman Walking||Oriel Davies, Newtown|
|1999||Living Forms||Oriel Davies, Newtown|
|1998||Energy in Flight||New Library Gallery, Kidderminster|
|1997||Sound Pictures||Turtle Key Arts Centre, Fulham, London(Performance with Dangerous Kitchen)|
|1995||Oasis||Oriel Y Ddraig, Blaenau Ffestiniog|
|1994||Rings of Stone, Walls of Silence||Stockport Art Gallery, Stockport|
|1991||Nesting Instinct||York City Art Gallery, York|
|1990||No Turning Back||Posterngate Gallery, Hull|
|1989||Phoenix and Rima||Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds.(Performance with Phoenix Dance Co)|
|1988||Between Bones||Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds|
Work in public and private collections, UK and international. Selected Group Shows and Facilitated Performances
|2012||3D with NEW Dance (performance)||Ruthin Craft Centre|
|2012||Adar (video)||Capel Y Graig, Furness|
|2010||Gwawr Gwaith Powder (video)||Gwaith Powdwr Arts and Environment Festival, Penrhyndeudreath|
|2008||M G Payne, Maria Hayes and Mari Wells||Galeri, Betwys Y Coed|
|2008||Tory Selkies||Tory island, Donegal|
|2008||Screen Diva – Tone Line Colour (video)||Chester Film Festival|
|2007||Body Echoes||Oriel Canfas, Cardiff|
|2006||Lorient Celtic Fair||Lorient, Brittany|
|2004||Focal||Various Venues, Ruthin|
|2003||Wales Drawing Biennale||Touring venues, Wales|
|2002||Summer Show||Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy|
|2001||Journey||Oriel Ynys Mon, Langefni|
|2000||Thresholds of Being (performance)||RSAMD, Glasgow|
|2000||Harlech International Biennale||Harlech|
|1999||Wales Drawing Biennale||Touring venues, Wales|
|1999||Summer Open||Y Tabernacle, Machynlleth|
|1998||Expressions||Ogilvy and Estil Gallery, Conwy|
|1997||Wales Drawing Biennale||Touring venues, Wales|
|1997||Body Traces||Touring venues, Shropshire|
|1995||Local Voices||Flour Shed Gallery, Porthmadog|
|1993||Summer Show||Bangor Art Gallery, Bangor|
|1990||Made on Earth||Piece Hall Art Gallery, Halifax|
|1990||Paper- Five Artists||Piece Hall Art Gallery, Halifax|
|1989||Maria Hayes and Gary Waters||University Gallery, Leeds(Works purchased for collection|
RESEARCH My PhD research concluded that drawing movement with the video projection method induced a condition of ‘connected looking’ (Hayes 2013). My practice continues with that research and I am adapting this methodology to drawing without the assistance of the video projection technology, reintegrating the method into embodied action. This method of looking and drawing has applications for any act of observational drawing. Researchers at the Centre for Mindfulness Research (Bangor University) concur that this method of drawing could be an effective method of inducing states of mindfulness in participants, and may contribute to their mental and physical well being in similar ways to current meditation methods. Experiments, research and collaborations are needed to explore this possibility further. We are currently seeking funds and opportunities to undertake this research because as far as we know no research has been attempted in this area yet. An aspect of the research will be to explore what happens at a neurological level with participants when drawing in a connected mode. CURRENT RESEARCH My research continues as a studio practice based activity. Since the completion of my PhD I have been involved in applying for funds to develop the research in collaboration with the Centre For Mindfulness Research (http://www.bangor.ac.uk/mindfulness/). We have been in discussion about collaborating to explore the potential of using a creative activity with the current Mindfulness practices. We would carry out the research with both quantative and qualitative methods. The centre has a neuroscientist and we would hope to be able to access MIR scans as a way to measure levels of engagement in participants. FUTURE RESEARCH INTERESTS In the future I would like to develop an idea for an invention that would harness digital technology and the human sensing system to make drawing in connected mode more intuitive and embody the training more efficiently. This requires a collaboration with digital hardware and software developers. PAPERS DELIVERED AT CONFERENCE Learning to Dance on the Page May 2014 Presentation at Drawing in the University Today conference, University of Oporto, Portugal. All papers presented at this conference will be published online by University of Oporto. Connected Drawing for a Connected Culture Mar 2013 Community Arts for Children & Young People conference, Gwynedd Arts Forum, Bangor University. Rock, Paper, Screen Jul 2010 Results of collaborative research into using video conferencing technology to facilitate interactive, distance observational drawing. DIVERSE conference in Maine USA, via video conferencing link from Aberystwyth University. Collaborator: Wales Video Network, Swansea University. Drawing with Light Jul 2009 Paper on using a video projection drawing technique with young people in Gwynedd. DIVERSE conference, Aberystwyth University. Diversity Aug 2004 The outcomes of visual arts and crafts sector specific training needs seminars, which I chaired and collated the information. Presented at the Arts Training Wales National Conference in Aberystwyth Arts Centre and submitted to the UK Sector Skills Council. TEACHING During the Energy Gift Exchange and at other time during my PhD research, I undertook to work with both post and undergraduate students. We collaborated on my own research and engaged in one to one tutorials on their own practice. The School of Art requested that I deliver several lectures and seminars during my studentship, all of which were open to both students and invited members of the public (2009-2012). In addition, I delivered several Professional Practice seminars to the students, which I designed, prepared and delivered. For Bangor University (Elevate project) I was asked to develop these and other materials into accredited modules for this academic year (2013-14). I will be assessing and marking these modules. ADMINISTRATION My administrative experience is wide and varied. Being self-employed for an extended period (1986 – present) I have excellent verbal and written skills, record keeping abilities, organizational skills and project management experience. I was responsible for organizing and delivering a Literature Festival in eight weeks (Harlech Chapters 26-29 September 2013). The festival remained on budget and happened as planned, despite the tight time schedule. I have been a board member twice. In 2002 – 2004 I represented the Visual Arts and Crafts sector for Arts Training Wales and had responsibility for chairing nationwide seminars and an on-line forums to assess and discuss sector skill training needs. The outcomes were relayed to the Sector Skills Council and I presented them at national conference (Aberystwyth 2004). From 2000 – 2001 I served on the board of Dawns I Bawb (Dance for All). Over the years I have honed my ability to prioritise my workload and to meet deadlines, often working concurrently on teaching projects, creative and collaborative research, performances as well as other aspects of a portfolio career. My recent PhD research and thesis writing brought my writing skills up to speed, and I participated in an academic writing course run by Dr Harry Hauser at Aberystwyth University. A constant requirement of my practice is to research funding opportunities, write project proposals and make grant applications. These I do regularly and have had a number of successful outcomes. ADDITIONAL TRAINING AND COURSES An introduction to the philosophy of Number and Sacred Geometry with Ann Hechle: Calderdale Calligraphy Group 5-7/11/2013 The Descriptive Line with Susan Moor: Writing Symposium, Sunderland University 12-17/7/2013 Meet and Greet in Welsh: Welsh Language Board 01/2005 Starting the Journey – Ceremonies and Rites of Passage with Sue Gill: Welfare State International Date 07/2003 Giving Voice: Centre for Performance Research 04/1999 The World Tree with Kevin Crossley-Holland: Ty Newydd – Writing Centre 09/1997 Etching: The Print Centre, Wrexham 01/1997 Stories for the Earth with Alide Gersie: Cae Mabon 07/1996 Storytelling with Alide Gersie: Cae Mabon 07/1994 Goethe and the Natural World with Margaret Colquhoun: Centre for Living Arts and Sciences, North Wales 06/1994 Contemporary Dance (weekly dance class): Dawns i Bawb 09/1993 – 06/1998 Sacred Geometry with Robin Hall, Centre for Living Arts and Sciences, North Wales 06/1993 Performance/Live Art tutors included Rose English, Lloyd Newson (DV8) and Rivca Rubin: The Green Room (Manchester) 07/1988 – 08/1988 Performance/Live Art tutors included Rose English, Lloyd Newson (DV8) and Rivca Rubin: The Green Room (Manchester) 07/1987 – 08/1987 Performance/Live Art tutors included Rose English, Lloyd Newson (DV8) and Rivca Rubin: The Green Room (Manchester) 07/1986 – 08/1986 CATALOGUES AND PUBLICATIONS
- Sue McManus, Ros Tennyson, illustrated by Maria Hayes, Talking the Walk (2008 The Partnering Initiative) Communication manual. Communicating with TLC (tone, line and colour) 51-52 ISBN: 1899159142
- Maria Hayes, Telling Tales (2004, Mid-Penine Arts) Exhibition catalogue
- Maria Hayes, The Bigger Picture (Hereford: 2003, Hereford County Council)
Workbook to accompany course.
- Maria Hayes, Artist Facilitator Training (2003, Gwynedd Arts Agency)
Workbook to accompany course.
- Jill Piercy, Maria Hayes (2001, Studio 8 Ruthin Craft Centre)
Exhibition catalogue. ISBN:1 900941 47 3
- Taith/Journey (2001, Oriel Ynys Môn) Exhibition catalogue. Intro by Maria Hayes.
- Wales Drawing Biennale (2003, Aberystwyth Arts Centre) Exhibition catalogue. Introduction by Len Massey. ISBN: 1 872609 92 9.
- Decade (2002, Ruthin Craft Centre) Intro by Philip Hughes, ISBN: 1 900941 52X
- Art Biennale 2000 (2000, Harlech Biennale) Exhibition Catalogue
- Wales Drawing Biennale (2000, Aberystwyth Arts Centre) Exhibition catalogue. Introduction by Jacqueline Morreau. ISBN: 0 9525529 9 X
- Dick Downing, Artists in Schools (Leeds: 1996, Leeds Education Publications) 10, 33, 37-38, 43, 48, 52-53, 60, 65, 66. ISBN: 0 9508029 2 1
- Marion Gough, In Touch With Dance (Lancaster: 1993 Whitethorn Books) 87-94
ISBN: 1 873783 01 9 FUNDING and ACADEMIC AWARDS
|2012||Members Award: from the Action for Children’s Art. For my ‘outstanding contribution to the enrichment of children’s lives through the arts’.|
|2011||Drawing Inspiration Award: from the Big Draw, Campaign for Drawing|
|2010||Travel grant: Drawing With Light Research trip to Sweden and Finland with Christine Watkins (writer), Wales Arts International|
|2009||Masterclass: Womens Arts Association. To devise and direct a short film Skin Deep|
|2008||Studentship: To undertake PhD (practice based) Aberystwyth University|
|2008||Shedding Skins: Project grant Arts Council of Wales to undertake a Celtic Pilgrimage and create work inspired by the Selkie stories.|
|2007||Masterclass: Womens Arts Association. To create a performance drawing DVD with filmmaker and dancer (Tone Line Colour 10mins)|
|2006||Project Grant: Vesica Piscis: Arts Council of Wales. Collaborative project with Paul Davies (dancer).|
|1997||Travel Grant: Arts Council of Wales. To draw the Whirling Dervishes, Konya, Turkey.|
|1993||Masterclass Grant: Arts Council of Wales. To work with sculptor David Nash|
|1990||Wakefield Pavement Art Competition: Public Art First prize|