Deadline: 21 January 2019
Call for entries

YHA Lizard Point Cornwall, Lizard Point, Cornwall, TR12 7NT

Date: 28 – 31 March 2019

Join us from 28 – 31st March 2019 for a unique residency at YHA Lizard Point, Cornwall, the most southerly point in the UK. – arrival from Weds afternoon, with the course finishing on Sunday early afternoon

This residency is set up to help like-minded artists from multi-disciplines develop their practice in a relaxed, yet productive environment. Lizard Point, overlooking the Atlantic, benefits from natural darkness, natural beauty and is a great spot for viewing the Moon, stars and meteor showers. Staying on site, next door to the famous Lizard Lighthouse, artists will have the opportunity to create works responding to the variety of astronomical sights found there, as well as be inspired by the incredible communication heritage along this very special part of the SW coastal path. Work inspired by the residency will be showcased in exhibitions in Cornwall, London and Isles of Scilly (tbc).

Acceptance on this part-funded residency is competitive, but is suitable for both amateur and professional artists.

Fee/Cost: £250 individual registration – including shared accommodation at YHA Lizard Point (see below for details) & transport from Redruth railway station


This residency is inspired by an incredible communications double anniversary in 2019, for Lizard Lighthouse (400 years) and Goonhilly Earth Station (50 years: transmission of the first lunar landings), considering the importance of life-saving lighthouse beacons and internationally important transmissions across the sea and sky. We will also be visiting wireless and semaphore stations along the Lizard coastal path, considering the Scilly Isles 30 miles out to sea and the important prehistoric menhirs offering ‘beacons’ for travel & procession across the land. This residency will result in a touring group exhibition: Lumen Gallery, St John on Bethnal Green, London, Helston Museum of Cornish Life and possibly Isles of Scilly.

This is an exciting opportunity to work alongside and learn from artists from the Lumen Collective, who are also actively involved in creative research. Artists Joanna Mayes (analogue film/Mayes Creative director) and Justin Wiggan (sound artist) will also be sharing skills and experience. This immersive residency will consist of workshops, outings and creative research opportunities, culminating in an opportunity to have your work shown in our touring exhibition.

The residency will take place at YHA Lizard Point, which will be exclusively booked for our Residency, with shared accommodation and cooking facilities.
We are partnering with the National Trust and there will be an opportunity to learn more from our National Trust heritage expert, Rachel Holder about the special communications heritage along this coastline (Marconi etc). Carolyn Kennett, astroarchaeology/astrophysics expert and Mayes Creative team member, will also be visiting the residency and sharing her local astroarchaeology research and understanding of the night skies with us.

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