This year at Green Man Festival (16-19 August 2018) we commissioned an artist to create a new collaborative art work in our Horsebox Studio, designed in partnership with local young artists on the Illumine programme.
Peak presented an open source collection of lino print stamps, designed and hand-made by Edinburgh-based artist Natasha Russell in response to the Black Mountains. The ‘encyclopedia’ referenced everything from folklores and histories, to local landforms, plants and animals.
Using these designs, festival goers collaborated to create an immersive map of the mountains. They made their own unique stamps to add to the collection and cover the Horsebox interior with lino prints, and wrote poetry inspired by the mythical and physical environment surrounding the festival site.
In preparation for Green Man, the Illumine Image Makers worked together with Natasha to create tesselating patterns from drawing and lino, digitally transferring them into vectors and using a CNC (computer numerical control) cutter to create vinyl stickers. These designs were then scaled up for the surface of the Horsebox Studio. A really interesting process of where analogue meets digital!
About Natasha Russell
Natasha Russel is an artist, printmaker and illustrator currently based in Scotland. Her work explores the way that we understand the world around us through a web of cultural, scientific and personal knowledge. Weaving together disparate images, pieces of information and stories about a place and inviting participation from others, she makes intricate and visual maps in order to explore this layered understanding of the world around us.
She is particularly interested in finding ways to invite others into the process and in the way that individuals piece together information in different ways. An open source stamp library, that invites people to feed in stories and to add new images is one way she is currently experimenting with this.
Illumine is a year-long digital arts training project for young people or ‘Image Makers’ (16-25 years) that began in Spring 2018. It is managed and coordinated by Peak on behalf of Powys County Council. The Image Makers are working with artists and industry professionals to create original digital content for ‘y Gaer’, Brecon’s new cultural hub, through workshops, masterclasses, residencies, studio visits and location shoots. Alongside the programme, Image Makers have access to professional mentoring from an Associate Producer.
The vision for Illumine is to inspire visitors to y Gaer to explore and engage with the unique places and qualities of the region. The new content will be displayed and shared across a range of platforms and at y Gaer after its opening in Spring 2019.
Image Makers will work in a range of digital media including filmmaking / photography / animation / installation / light. Artists and Image Makers will explore and respond to themes such as history, culture, language, events and people of the region
About Green Man
Green Man is an arts, science and music festival that takes place over the 3rd weekend in August on the Glanusk Estate, near Crickhowell, Wales. It attracts over 20,000 attendees.
Peak has been at Green Man Festival since it started, and our Horsebox studio has visited Einstein’s Garden for the last two years (2016 and 2017).
Peak’s previous Horsebox Studio commissions at Green Man Festival:
Pete Fowler ‘Totemic’ (Green Man 2017)
Stefhan Caddick + Mark Daman Thomas ‘Noctule’(Green Man 2016)
About our region – the Black Mountains
The Black Mountains are a group of hills spread across parts of Powys and Monmouthshire in southeast Wales and extending across the border into Herefordshire. They are the easternmost of the four hill ranges that comprise the Brecon Beacons National Park and are within an hour’s travel of Cardiff and Bristol. The Black Mountains are roughly defined as those hills contained within a triangle formed by the main towns of Abergavenny in the southeast, Hay-on-Wye in the north and Brecon in the west. The area has a rich cultural legacy and continues to attract artists, writers and musicians to live and work here. It is the home of international festivals including Hay Festival, Brecon Jazz, Greenman and Abergavenny Food Festival.