Peak’s Creative Director, Rebecca Spooner was the Arts Council of Wales Clore Fellow for 2017/18. From 23rd – 25th March 2019, six-months on since the end of her fellowship, Rebecca hosted a weekend residential in the Black Mountains for the Clore #14 Fellows (2017/18).
The cohort represents a diverse cross-section of professionals working in the arts and creative industries including music, theatre, visual art, literature, media and museums. The fellows welcomed exceptional guest speakers who generously shared their perspectives:
Kully Thiarai, Director, National Theatre Wales
Miranda Ballin, Artistic Director, Sparc, Valleys Kids
Jude Rogers, Arts & Culture journalist
Rhiannon White, Artistic Director of Common Wealth
Owen Griffiths, Artist
‘It was great to all meet up again. The fellows travelled from London, Sunderland, Manchester, Ireland and Norwich to the Peak studio. I wanted them to get a sense of how culture looks and feels different in Wales, we may be less than three hours from London but I wanted the fellows to understand that they’re coming to a different country – not just a beautiful place to spend the weekend. Culture and community is different here and the leadership reflects that. People like Miranda Ballin, Rhiannon White and Owen Griffiths typify a deeply authentic, responsive and values-led approach. It was inspirational to hear the learning and experiences of all the speakers and the fellows and I express our heart-felt thanks.’
– Rebecca Spooner
The Clore Leadership Programme aims ‘to inspire and equip leaders to have a positive impact on society through great leadership of culture.’
During her fellowship Rebecca took time out of her role at Peak to complete a three-month secondment at the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester. She also attended study visits to Dundee Contemporary Arts, National Gallery of Ireland, Turner Contemporary and Hull City of Culture and was selected for a place on Tate Intensive 2018, an international programme at Tate Modern ‘that focuses on key questions facing art galleries in the 21st century’.
Rebecca is always happy to discuss her experience of the Clore Fellowship and to support future applicants from Wales. Contact her via firstname.lastname@example.org.