Exploring the world through mindfulness, circus, art, music and performance.
Sky High Arts is a community interest company based in St Ives, Cornwall. The company was founded in 2015 by Tree Stewart, a professional circus performer, musician and artist with 20 years experience of working on projects across UK and Europe.
With help and funding from SSE Cornwall Start-Up programme Sky High Arts was launched to combine Trapeze with Mindfulness into unique workshops that benefit both physical and mental health. In our first couple of years we expanded our work to include outreach projects and community performance.
MEET THE TEAM
Tree Stewart - Director, Aerial Tutor, Mindfulness Teacher, Performer
Tree is a professional performer, workshop leader, artist and musician. She has been training aerial since 2004 being fortunate to train at Circus Manics in Bristol, NECCA in Vermont, All or Nothing in Edinburgh and doing performance development with Ira Seidenstein. Teaching since 2006 Tree has worked for All or Nothing Aerial Dance, Dance Base, te POOKa and Hang, as well as running her own classes.
From 2001 – 2009 Tree was employed by te POOKa, an Edinburgh based performing arts charity. During this time she worked as a performer, tutor, designer and senior project manager on a huge number of successful projects, including work funded by The Scottish Arts Council, Esme Fairbairn and Highland Year of Culture.
Tree started studying Mindfulness in 2010 with Mindfullybeing and has completed both MBSR and MBCT and follow-on courses. More recently she has completed the British Mindfulness Academies 'Mindfulness for Professionals' and 'Teaching Mindfulness in Schools' courses.
Tree is a passionate teacher with an infectious enthusiasm for aerial dance and mindfulness.
Pema Bradley Peer - Director, Aerial Tutor, Performer
Pema studied circus at Circomedia in Bristol. She developed her love of circus as a child through weekly acrobatics classes, and then as a teenager through aerial classes with Sky High Arts.
Pema became a teaching assistant for Sky High Arts in January 2017 before going to Bristol to study circus in 2018. After returning from Circomedia Pema is now a Sky High Arts teacher, performer and company director.
Pema has completed Hall Rigging Academy's Aerial Rigging Safety course.
Kaileigh Cornfield - Teaching Assistant, Management Committee
Kaileigh has been training in aerial with Sky High Arts since we started running classes in 2015 and became a teaching assistant in 2018.
Kaileigh also trained in marine biology and runs a fantastic project for children called The Cornish Sea School. The Sea School uses games, foraging, and bush/beach craft skills to teach children about the sea and it's inhabitants.
Marcus Hitchins - Teaching Assistant, Performer, Management Committee
Marcus is a Mad Scientist, IT guru, juggler and Dad. Years ago he was fortunate enough to rent a house that had a a removable floor! Through the floor hatch hung a trapeze.... and an obsession was born! He even introduced Pema to aerial on that very same trapeze.
Isabelle Wheatley - Trainee Teaching Assistant
Izzy is a new member of our team and is very excited to be on-board. She has been studying with Sky High Arts since 2019 and is no stranger to training the body as she studied dance as a child and teenager. Izzy joined our Youth training programme in 2021 and is now happily obsessed with aerial!
Annabelle Smith - Trainee Teaching Assistant
Annabelle is a new member of our team and is really happy to be on-board. She has been studying aerial with Sky High Arts since 2018 and joined our Youth training programme in 2021.
Annabelle is also a potter and works for the world renowned Leech Pottery.
We also have a host of volunteers behind the scenes - thanks to you all for your hard work!