Academic Curriculum Vitae

Maria Hayes BA (Hons) MA PhD 2, Fron Olau, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, United Kingdom LL41 4BA 01766 830049 Home / 07817 297922 Mobile   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) 2006-2008 Commissioned to mentor Anna Falcini (Fine Artist) by Hereford Creative Industries.   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
2005 Ambiente Tokyo, Japan
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 ( 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


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