SEAMAS CAREY Meets His 4 Year Old Self 28.04.17

A capacity crowd was entertained at Hay Studio by Seamas Carey and his community choir during this strange and wonderful evening of heartwarming and ridiculous songs; featuring a dancing choir, time travel, nostalgia probing, rave music and tap dancing. The tour continued around Cornwall to Falmouth, Helston and Newlyn.

A warm thank you to Seamas and his band of wonderful singers & backing dancers! The evening was a heady mix of hilarity, mayhem, hair-raising harmonies and moving moments of sadness.


One day Seamas Carey found an old cassette tape in the back of his car, on which he discovered recordings of himself as a 4 year old boy, telling stories and singing his heart out. He knew then that he had to do something with these artefacts of posterity and drag them into the present day. The end result is 60 minutes of remixed and recomposed songs, arranged for a choir whilst Seamas plays piano, talks about growing up and occasionally dances.

Suitable for anyone who is a child, or has been a child.
"It’s hilarious and moving at the same time. i.e. good theatre.” - (Bill Mitchell, Wildworks)

Directed by Agnieszka Blonska
Choir led by Vicky Abbott
Supported by FEAST


SWAMPED at Hay Studio 03.04.17

Fiona Chivers’ group of ambitious and brave artists exploring universal themes of entropy, sustainability and materiality through the use of movement, sound and space, in ‘Swamped’.  Over 5 days the collaboration has considered the stuff we make, collect and throw away and the devastating impact of our addiction to material goods and its domestic and global impact.

Supported by Hall for Cornwall


October – December 2016

SITUATION: a programme of events celebrating on the joy of collaboration at HAY STUDIO.

The artists invited to participate in SITUATION shared the will to open themselves up to the influence of those they worked with, removing the barriers between traditional art disciplines.

We exhibited seascapes by Maria Floyd and celebrated the opening with a fresh lobster supper from Bella Nicholas and The Boscastle Fishing Co, washed down with wine from Chateau Civrac. We admired intricate botanical drawings and prints by Falmouth-based artist Lucy Morley, whilst feasting on canapes from Tom Forster of Got Game who prepares food using wild, seasonal and foraged ingredients. We were mesmerised by the movement of Physical Postcards - a collection of minute-long danced messages, performed in the landscape around Cornwall and filmed by Brett Harvey. Drawings, prints and embroidery byEmma Hambly formed the basis of a collaboration with Karen Christopher and Sophie Grodin of Haranczak/Navarre Performance Projects as they tripped and faltered through their performance of miles & miles, bound together by 100ft of rope. International jazz musician Andy Sheppard returned to Hay Studio with his band, Hotel Bristol, to bring our season SITUATION to a close. An as yet unrecorded track, Forever and a Day, reflected Emma Hambly’s work, by leaving behind what had been played until then, and putting down a marker for what was to come. Sheppard is described as a ‘serial collaborator’ for his work with musicians of every genre around the world. He is influenced by where he is playing and who he is playing with, composing, arranging and playing differently whenever he ‘has more space to explore’.

The environment in which we choose to live and work influences how we feel, what we do, the people we meet and the places where we gather. They affect those who join and visit us, who bring with them new information and new inspiration. 

Each event in the SITUATION programme formed a path through fine art, food, dance, performance art, and music, together demonstrating how HAY STUDIO supports creative engagement with time and place, where the artists and audiences are more like each other and become vulnerable to the context in which they find themselves.

SITUATION revealed the meaning of this space and it's inspiring web of land, history, culture and place.

SITUATION: Emma Hambly + Karen Christopher & Sophie Grodin

As part of Hay Studio’s season SITUATION, Emma Hambly’s Private View on Friday 2 December brought more than 30 visitors to see ‘liminal’, her exhibition about 'loss, memory and recollection, about products of endeavour, about control and chaos’ in Emma’s own words. 

A personal collection of photographs, embroidery, drawings, prints and paintings traced the last 12 months and the artists' physical and mental upheaval, and now, hope for the future.

Emma Hambly, Untitled 2016

Emma Hambly, Untitled 2016

Visitors also were treated to an exceptional performance by artists Karen Christopher and Sophie Grodin of Haranczak/Navarre Performance Projects, who brought their touring show miles & miles to Hay Studio. It was a privilege to witness the talent and creativity of international artists who had conceived a performance to explore how we feel at the edge of a landscape; how do we prepare for the uncertainty still to come?

Hay Studio - set up for Emma Hambly's Exhibition and Haranczak/Navarre Performance  

Hay Studio - set up for Emma Hambly's Exhibition and Haranczak/Navarre Performance


Reflections on the evening from Hay Studio regular, Liz Barclay:

'I saw how we need each other as human beings and how we always want to find the point of no return in our lives in order to learn to survive, because that is what we ultimately want.'

'I found Emma's exhibition impressive in the way she bared her soul for all to see. So very brave and I admire her for that. Then the performance. It was the most unusual theatre I've ever seen.

First thought in the first 15 minutes: the beautiful chemistry between the two performers which made the extreme choreography possible, but puzzled and frustrated. I gradually started to get a feel for some sort of message, but never was able to relax my brain, which was working overtime.

So, on the way back in the car I still felt unsatisfied for not really understanding what I had seen. This process went on all night. Every time I woke up I went back to some of their movements and the two voices so perfectly together. This morning I got it. The way it worked for me - and it will be different for every single person there, because of the abstract personality of the performance - was that I saw how we need each other as human beings and how we always want to find the point of no return in our lives in order to learn to survive, because that is what we ultimately want. So now I am happy to have seen it and not angry anymore that I had to work so hard in my spare time and an evening out and I think Haranczak/Navarre achieved what they set out to do'.

Karen Christopher and Sophie Grodin prepare for the performance of miles & miles

Karen Christopher and Sophie Grodin prepare for the performance of miles & miles

Karen Christopher and Sophie Grodin during the performance of miles & miles

Karen Christopher and Sophie Grodin during the performance of miles & miles

SITUATION: Physical Postcards

Hay Studio’s third event in it's SITUATION season was enjoyed by more than 50 people at the final performance of Physical Postcards on Friday 11 November - featuring a wonderful collection of minute-long danced messages, filmed in the landscape.

The culmination of creative collaborations with each other and the community, Lois Taylor, Sarah Fairhall and Gemma Kempthorne performed live and screened two new films made during the project, which took place at 3 locations, including Hay Studio, throughout the summer. 

The audience was invited to interact with the dancers by asking them to dance their personal postcard messages, receiving a unique, one-off and immediate response.

This charming performance chimed perfectly with the aims of SITUATION - artists developing  and exhibiting their work inspired by the landscape around them.

New Art Club

New Art Club came to Hay Studio to work on their new CampervanofLove piece for SALT 2016, in the glorious mid May sunshine. 

40 adults and children were treated to their work in progress with gorgeous tea and cakes afterwards, courtesy of Dance Republic 2.



Thank you to all those who have helped by contributing comments towards a better way to run our Film Club from all perspectives.  This is our proposal and we very much hope you will all re-join in September! 

Hay Studio Film Club will run from September to April (8 months) as a private event. Films will be screened on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Membership can be booked for 4 months £25, or for 8 months £45, which includes a donation to cover screenings, from Hay Studio. If you opt for 4, you can use them whenever you like through the 8 month period.  Hopefully, this will allow maximum flexibility for those who cannot make all the dates, and offers some security for Hay Studio. Hay Studio will select every other month's films. Alternate film choices will be opened to members.

A member selecting the film is responsible for

- agreeing their choice in advance of 4 month season so it can be announced to members

- acquiring the dvd

- inviting their guests, who need not be members, and informing Hay Studio of likely numbers (Hay Studio will also invite all members)

- asking guests to make a donation of £5

- offering the opportunity for guests to stay on after the screening to discuss the film


Hay Studio is responsible for

- providing the venue

- providing a projector and sound system

- providing Hay Studio choice films/dvd

- providing wine and crisps/sweets available for purchase

- announcing 4 month season screenings in advance to members


Continuation of the Film Club will rely on having a minimum number of 20 members to ensure costs of running the venue are covered. Please let us know by 1 September whether you want to sign up for 4 or 8 screenings by email to and we will confirm payment arrangements.


SCHEDULE SO FAR with links to film summary (this could change!)

22 Sep ’15    Two Days One Night    Hay Studio choice,_One_Night


20 Oct ’15    Howard’s End        Tessa Cubitt choice


17 Nov ’15    The Way He Looks    Hay Studio choice


15 Dec ’15    Taking The Michael    Alistair Hay choice


19 Jan ’16    We are the Best        Hay Studio choice!

16 Feb ’16    This Changes Everything    Simon Malloni choice


15 Mar ’16    Clouds of Sils Maria    Hay Studio choice


19 Apr ’16    TBC            Victor Mann choice








Andy Sheppard

International saxophonist Andy Sheppard played to a packed house of 60 people in February! Following an interview with Tim Smithies of Carn to Cove, Andy treated us to an hour-long solo recital including new pieces and long-time favourites.  Before the gig, we all loved Ruben Leon Acosta's canapes (see Upcoming Events for Ruben's next visit to Hay Studio).  Andy, playing with his quartet, has a new cd coming out this month - Surrounded by Sea, on ECM.