Curriculum Vitae


Maria Hayes is an artist/educator and has been self-employed since 1986. In 2013 she was awarded a PhD (Fine Art) from Aberystwyth University.

Hayes often collaborates with musicians, dancers, actors, storytellers and poets on performance based projects. She has shown work extensively in solo and group exhibitions, and performed 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.




2013      PhD Fine Art   Aberystwyth University

Thesis: ‘Learning to Dance on the Page’ Approaches to learning to draw movement by integrating analogue drafting techniques within a technologically assisted environment.

2011 Exhibition ‘Shedding Skins’ University Gallery, Aberystwyth University. Included participatory ‘Energy Gift Exchange’ performative drawing sessions.


1986      MA  Theatre Studies   Leeds University

Thesis: ‘The Theory and the Practice’ a study on devising and directing a new piece of work combining sculpture, drawing and physical theatre. The resulting piece ‘Body Works’ was performed at The Workshop Theatre, Leeds.


1985      BA (Hons)  Fine Art  (1st Class)   Portsmouth Polytechnic

Thesis: ’Time Will Tell’ a comparison study on ancient stone circles and contemporary land art.



Key Skills:

  • Creative: as a professional artist I have generated a large body of artwork, both alone and in collaboration with others. I continually seek to develop my creative and technical skills.
  • Communicator: an articulate and energetic communicator.
  • Project and budget management: highly organized in the planning, execution and documentation of projects and work. Experienced in delivering projects on budget.
  • IT: Word, Excel, Power Point, Entourage, Photoshop, 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 creative and education roles in both the public and private sectors.
  • Educator: responsible for devising and delivering creative educational projects. I have worked in a freelance capacity for a number of high profile companies (including Oriel Mostyn, Ruthin Craft Centre, London Contemporary Dance, Wales Millennium Centre and ENGAGE) as well as for schools, colleges, universities and community groups.
  • Leadership: I have experience of leading projects and managing a team of creative workers.
  • Team player: flexible and responsive, I also work well as a team player.
  • Networking: I maintain and develop effective networks.
  • Entrepreneur: Self-employed since 1986, I adapt my skills to a rapidly changing sector. I generate creative opportunities and have successfully fund-raised for projects.


Selected Exhibitions: Solo Shows and Performances


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 Exhibitions: Group Shows                                                                            

2012 3D with NEW Dance Ruthin Craft Centre (Performance)
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 RSAMD, Glasgow (Performance)
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)


Fine Art Lecturing (visiting)

2013 University of Wales, Bangor
2013 Coleg Menai, Bangor
2011 Aberystwyth University
2010 University of Wales, Bangor and Aberystwyth University
2007 University of Glamorgan, Swansea
2001 – 2007 University of Wales, Bangor
1998 – 2001 University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
2000 Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow
1998 Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, Dolgellau
1998 North East Wales Institute, Wrexham
1993 Chester College, Chester
1992 Falmouth College of Art and Design, Falmouth
1990 – 1991 Leeds University, Leeds
1988 – 1989 Leeds Polytechnic, Leeds



2012 Members Award: from the Action for Children’s Art. For my 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, Wales Arts International
2009 Masterclass: Women’s Arts Association.To 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 AssociationTo 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 David Nash
1990 First prize: Wakefield Pavement Art Competition: Public Art


Conference Presentations

2013        Learning to Dance on the Page Drawing in the University Today conference, University of  Orporto, Portugal.

2013       Connected Drawing for a Connected Culture Community Arts for Children & Young People Conference, Gwynedd Arts Forum

2010        Rock, Paper, Screen The 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.

2009       Drawing with Light A paper on using a video projection drawing technique with young people in Gwynedd. DIVERSE conference, Aberystwyth University.

2004      Diversity The outcomes of sector specific training needs seminars presented at the Arts Training Wales National Conference and to the Sector Skills Council.



2013 FolkActive Logo design
2013 Penodau Harlech Chapters Logo and publicity designs
2013 The Partnering Initiative Illustrations for training documents
2009 7 Pictures Album design for Martin Pyne’s 7 Pictures
2008 Gwynedd Council Design for cover of Health and Well Being Strategy
2007 Blue Eyed Soul Dance Co Logo design
2007 NEWD Images for training report
2006 The Partnering Initiative Commissioned to draw the conference and participate in generating material for publication.
2004 Mid Pennine Arts Long Walks Drawing commission (LAND   project)
2003 ALISS (Artist and Learning   Information Support Service) Five Prints for website
2002 Volcano Theatre Co. Unfinished Business Site-specific performance project at Swansea Museum.
2002 Matilda Leyser Commissioned to draw aerialist for poster.
1999 Shropshire County Council West Midlands Arts New Eyes Commission for three paintings, combined with a residency to produce three paintings with schools.
1998 Shropshire County Council Four Seasons Commission for four drawings.


Artist Facilitator

My freelance work has always balanced a studio practice and exhibiting/performing with devising and delivering workshops based on my practice. I have worked with groups of all ages and abilities.

Galleries, companies and organizations I have delivered education projects for include:

Aberystwyth Arts Centre Hereford Creative Industries
Aberystwyth University Human Rights Commission
ALISS, Birmingham IBLF (International Business Leadership Federation)
Arts Alive, Crickhowell Jersey Arts Centre
Bangor University Leeds City Art Gallery
Belmont Arts Centre, Shrewsbury Leeds Theatre in Education Company
Blue Eyed Soul Dance Company MAC, Birmingham
Bodelwyddan Castle Trust Mid Pennine Arts
British Art Show, Manchester Oriel Davies, Newtown
Centre For Performance Research, Aberystwyth Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno
Chitraleka Dance Company Primary and Secondary schools thoughout the UK
Denbighshire Council Rambert Dance Company
Engage Cymru Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
Education Effectiveness Service, Swansea Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Flintshire Council Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin
Gwynedd Arts Agency Trigonos
Gwynedd CouncilHafal  Wales Millenium CentreWelfare State InternationalWomens Arts Association, Cardiff

York City Art Gallery

Mentoring (2006 – present)

2006 – 2008: Commissioned to mentor Anna Falcini (Fine Artist) by Hereford Creative Industries.

2013: Mentor to Matt Sherratt (ceramicist)


Artist Training (2004 – present)

I deliver training courses for artists and craftspeople. These two courses are currently being developed into accredited courses for Bangor University.

  • Artist Facilitator Training  - Theory and practice: course on how to successfully plan and deliver creative projects in educational and community settings.
  • The Bigger Picture – Course for artists and craftspeople on how to be self-employed.

Part-time Employment

Arts Business Mentor North West Wales (Part-time) Cultural Enterprise

2001-2002 / 2004-2006 / 2007

Cultural Enterprise provided free support and advice to Wales-based cultural businesses. I was hired (through the usual recruitment process) and made redundant three times as funding came on stream or was cut. Funding for the whole company was finally withdrawn in 2007. All the mentors were made redundant in 2006, but I did some freelance work for the company in 2007 to assist in the closure of the office in Cardiff.

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 (Part-time) David Nash

1994 – 1999

Key responsibilities included:

  • General administration
  • Systematizing and cataloging new work and work since 1966
  • Organizing Student Days
  • Assisting in the drawing studio
  • Curating shows
  • Liaising with major galleries and preparing for exhibitions worldwide
  • Installing sculpture in public venues in the UK and in Sweden.
  • Assisting on two publications of David Nash’s work:

Julian Andrews, The Sculpture of David Nash (London: 1996 Lund Humphries)

David Nash, Forms Into Time with an essay by Marina Warner (London: 1996 Academy Editions)


Board work

2002 – 2004  Arts Training Wales – I represented the Visual Arts and Crafts sector for Wales and had responsibility for chairing nationwide seminars and an on-line forum to assess and discuss sector training needs. The outcomes were relayed to the Sector Skills Council and presented at national conference.

2000 – 2001 Dawns I Bawb (Dance for All)

Catalogues and Publications

  • Sue McManus, Ros Tennyson, illustrated by Maria Hayes, Talking the Walk (2008 The Partnering Initiative) Communication manual. 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. Updated regularly.
  • Maria Hayes, Artist Facilitator Training (2003, Gwynedd Arts Agency)          Workbook to accompany course. Updated regularly.
  • 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. Introduction 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) Introduction by Philip Hughes,             ISBN: 1 900941 52 X
  • 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




Double Yellow (Wales Arts magazine programme)BBC Wales, aired October 2001 Feature on new work. Interviewed by Raki Ayola, Directed by Catrin Mair Thomas.
 Interviewed on David Nash: From Capel Rhiw to the WorldHTV, aired October 1998, Directed by Pete Telfer.


Selected Press Coverage

2012 ACA and Drawing Inspiration Awards by Meirion Ellis Cambrian News
2009 Dance Vesica – Skin Deep by Clare Ogden Metro
2008 Long Walks  Cambrian News  
2007 10 things to do: In the Moment Exhibition The Big Issue
2006 Capture the Moment by PJ Anderson.  Metro (South Wales)
2006 Vesica Piscis Review by Michael Kelligan
2004 Art on Paper Fair Antiques Magazine       Issue 989
2003 Help our artists make the most of their talent David Jones reporting on my conference speech for Arts Training Wales. Daily Post 
2001 Capturing the Spirit of the Moment by Helen Harper. Article with images on my work and forthcoming exhibition. Daily Post
2001 Creating pictures full of energy by Jill Piercy. Article with images on my work and exhibition. Western Mail
1999 Opening Night: Maria Hayes, Woman Walking, at Oriel 31, Newtown by Celia Lucas. Article with images on my exhibition. Daily Post
1998 Seeking the artist in everyone by Rhian Evans. The Western Mail
1996 Sixth form portfolio day and teacher training  by Maria Hayes. Henry Moore Institute Newsletter
1990 Stimulating Sense of Discovery by Tony Phillips The Yorkshire Post
1990 Posterngate Gallery Hull: No Turning Back, Sculptures by Maria Hayes by JMC. The Yorkshire Post
1990 Full-page front cover image Hull Magnet (magazine)
1990 Piece Hall Art Gallery, Halifax: Made On Earth by MS. The Yorkshire Post
1989 Art Movement. Article with image on my collaboration with Phoenix Dance Co at Leeds City Art Gallery. The Yorkshire Post