I have been making cloud drawings from observation in a ‘condition of connected looking’ (Hayes 2013)
I have just been awarded a training grant from Arts Council of Wales to undertake a correspondence course in Calligraphy with the Society of Scribes and Illuminators. The training will take place during 2014.
I was invited to present my paper Learning to Dance on the Page as part of the International Drawing Conference in Porto, Portugal on 1 June 2013. The two day conference had Drawing in the University Today as its theme. The conference was a great success with many intriguing projects and papers delivered over the packed two day programme. The papers will be published in September. I will post more details when I have them. In the meantime, if anyone requires a copy of my presentation and paper, please do not hesitate to ask.
Playwright and performer Christine Watkins invited me to be part of ‘After Hours at the Polestar Club’. In 2010 we visited the Arctic together in search of the Northern Lights, and although we didn’t see them, the trip provided inspiration for us both in a number of ways we have worked on since. For this performance we are joined by Sianed Jones and the premier was on 12 June 2013 at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. More performances can be seen on 15 August at Chapter Arts Centre, and at the Green Man Festival 17 and 18 August.
I have just received a letter to tell me that I have been nominated to receive one of the annual Action for Children’s Arts Members’ Awards in recognition of the contribution my work makes to the enrichment of children’s lives through the arts.
The ceremony will be held at BAFTA, Piccadilly, London on 20th October 2012.
I am thrilled and honoured to have been chosen for this award. Thank you to all the children who have worked with me over the years, this is for you, too.
The performance of 3D at Ruthin Craft Centre with NEW Dance on 20 July 2012 went really well. I will post more images soon, but here is one for now.
3D – dance, art and music collaboration at Ruthin Craft Centre with NEW Dance, Maria Hayes and Daniel Weaver.
Over three days, the artists facilitate a group of young people to make a dance, art and music performance piece in response to the current exhibition of work by Wendy Ramshaw and Richard La Trobe-Bateman.
The performance is on 20 July 2012 at 7pm.
The seals sing my soul home.
Down in the harbour they mourn and keen
As if their hearts have been broken as fatally as mine.
What do I do with the aching gap where I should be?
When I think of all the years of living still to do
I can hardly stand the weight of it.
This burden is grown into me, a part of me I cannot accept.
Shame and rage storm together
Lodged between my skin and my soul
Separating me from myself.
But down in the harbour the seals sing my soul home.
They call me to swim for my life
To submerge and emerge
To wash away what sits between my skin and my soul.
With no gaps I connect
With connection I feel
With feeling I cry and the salt from within
Sings my soul home.
Cath Sherrell (Aberystwyth Arts Centre) and I attended the Big Draw Awards ceremony on Thursday 17 May 2012 at Courtauld Institute of Art and were presented with a certificate designed by Quentin Blake.
All the Energy Gift Exchange workshops for the Big Draw took place at the School of Art Gallery, Aberyswyth University.
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