About The Ministry of Making
A creative project space and a positive community where all are welcome.
The Ministry of Making supports anyone who is interested in
the improvised, the crafted, the innovative, and the handmade;
The Ministry of Making supports you and your family; Makers, Artists, Performers, Crafters, Organic Growers, Natural Builders and all those who want to work towards a better world or make some changes in their lifestyle, but aren’t quite sure yet how to start.
Creative Hubs in Cornwall and France
The Ministry of Making is both a physical project space, in Cornwall, a Creative Hub in Puy de Dome France.
We aim to create a bridge between Cornwall and Europe, and encourage artists and makers from all over Europe to come and stay with us, collaborate and refine your practice.
(Yes! You can come and visit us!), and an online community where artists, makers, and people who want to live life more creatively can meet (and you don’t have to be an artist to live more creatively.)
We offer a place where people can meet with other like minds, share ideas, gain support, rehearse, work on new ideas, activate, plan, relax, retreat, learn new skills and take time out from their everyday concerns.
The project venue-opening in France in 2020, will offer exhibition and make space for contemporary artists; creative retreats, ateliers for hire, rehearsal space, community events, workshops a library and specialist resources.
A cafe with community feasts, music nights, holiday accommodation, affordable studios, volunteer opportunities, and burarsies to help you attend our creative residencies , supporting emerging artists, performers and writers.
Our ethos is based around crafting a better lifestyle for ourselves and others.
Artists, writers, and performers; You can apply to showcase your work on our website and apply for our residencies, courses and creative retreats.
Teachers; Recharge on our creative retreats for educators, design bespoke arts workshops or hire our event space for residential and day trips.
Families; stay with us and take part in family workshops and local community carnivals and fetes.
We have a mobile workshop facility that can visit anywhere in the UK and Europe, to support your event with a pop-up making workshop.
Our wider aim is to promote peace, cultural understanding and a sense of agency, through involvement in the arts and creative thinking.
Jo Tyler and Jonti Marks
The people behind the project
Jo has worked for over 20 years as a practising artist.
She has worked with Plymouth City Museum, Education Action Zone, Plymouth; Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Eden Project Cornwall, The Photographers Gallery, London and The Crafts Council and with Val Das Lobas Bio diversity project, in Portugal.
She has taken part in devised performance at Bristol Arnolfini, Cardiff Arts Lab, Hull Truck Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre and the Place, London.
Jo has recently worked with House of Fairytales, Goldentree's "Rags to Riches", The Tate Gallery on "Tate Exchange", The Man Engine, Cornwall, and has public art projects permanently displayed at Plymouth Railway Station.
She has won recognition and awards from The Design Museum and The Victoria and Albert/Morley Gallery with her digital design and printmaking, and her prints are currently included in a group exhibition in New York.
Jo Graduated from Plymouth College of Art with a First Class BA Honours Degree in Contemporary Craft.
She specialises in arts residencies which encourage participation, support inclusion, and has managed 3 year arts projects in schools, working as a Creative Agent with Creative Partnerships to support young people’s leadership.
She has recently presented and published a paper on her own research into Temporary Craft as a Participatory Craft model, at Making Futures conference, and in March 2017 she presented a participatory light installation at Beyond Words Conference at Plymouth University.
Teacher, Writer, Speaker
Jonti was a teacher for 27 years.
He was Deputy Head and then Headmaster of Hillcrest School in Nairobi and co-founded a small school on Kenya’s coast. During his career he taught pretty much every subject to young people aged 7–13 years. He was Head of English at Bromsgrove School for ten years and after reading for a Master’s Degree in Shakespeare and Education headed the new Drama Department at Bromsgrove for five years.
Over the years Jonti devised curricula, wrote, produced and directed many plays for young people and, as part of his training, he has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and Frantic Assembly.
Jonti gave up teaching in 2013 to allow him time to pursue his work as a writer and to enjoy his other passions: travel, music-making and cooking.
Since leaving teaching, he has published several books of fiction and non-fiction: poetry, plays, a novel and books of meditations for specialist audiences. His book for teachers was serialised in ‘Teach Secondary’ magazine and reviewed favourably in ‘Education Today.’ He has recently had work published in ‘The Use of English, The English Association Journal for Teachers of English.’
Our Advisory Board
We have been lucky enough to attract interest and specialist guidance from our board of advisors, listed below, who will continue to inform the Ministry of Making's creative development plan over the next 5 years.