Peak is an arts organisation based in the Black Mountains that works creatively with professional artists and communities, responding to the rural environment.
We value creativity as an essential tool in everyone’s life.
We want our work to achieve social as well as creative outcomes that develop more confident and resilient individuals and communities within under-served rural regions in Wales. Our Studio location lies within the Brecon Beacons National Park. We work across this protected landscape and the surrounding region including South Powys, the Heads of the Valleys and Torfaen.
The organisation was established as a charity in 1992 under its original name, Arts Alive. Peak became a member of the Arts Council of Wales, ‘Arts Portfolio Wales’ in 2016.
Peak’s artistic programme is cross art form, with a focus on the visual and applied arts, digital media and creative writing.
Participation is at the heart of everything and as a small organisation, we focus resources on collaborating with professional artists, children and young people (16-25 years) and rural communities. Our over-arching goal is to increase opportunities for children and young people to engage with our Artistic Programme and we work with the resources of creativity, people and place to unlock confidence and potential.
Activities are delivered at our Crickhowell studio and in the communities we serve – creating safe and inclusive social spaces for sharing dialogue, imagination, knowledge and skills. We build relationships of trust through collaborative activities including workshops, hosted conversations, food sharing, free writing, archive research, exchange visits, mapping, drawing, sound recording, walks and readings.
In January 2018, we rebranded from ‘Arts Alive Wales’ to Peak. You can find out more about the process below: