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).
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.
- 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|
|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|
|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|
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||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.|
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. http://www.annafalcini.co.uk/
2013: Mentor to Matt Sherratt (ceramicist) http://www.mattsherratt.com/
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.
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)
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
|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||www.theatre-wales.co.uk|
|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|