Green Man Horsebox Studio Commission – Natasha Russell

Following a UK-wide open call, Peak are commissioning Natasha Russell to create a new collaborative art work for the Horsebox Studio at Green Man Festival 2018.

Natasha is a printmaker, artist 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, she makes intricate and visual maps to present 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.

The Green Man work will be designed in partnership with young people or ‘Image Makers’ on Peak’s Illumine project, a digital arts training project focusing on creating opportunities for children and young people. The young people are working alongside artists and creative industry professionals to reimagine the Brecon Beacons and wider Powys in new and exciting ways, creating digital content for display on web/social and at ‘y Gaer’, Brecon’s new cultural hub opening Spring 2019.

“We had so many brilliant applications from all over the UK for the commission, and we’re certain that both the Image Makers and visitors will love working with her. We will be running family-friendly workshops suitable for all ages throughout the course of the festival.” – Participation Manager, Rachel Dunlop

Festival goers will help Natasha create an immersive map filling Peak’s Horsebox Studio and weave wonderous tales about the festival and the surrounding landscape with hand carved stamps, prints and poems. They will draw inspiration from folklores and histories, to local landforms, flowers, plants and animals.”

If you are going to be at Green Man, you can visit the Horsebox Studio and join in the workshops in Einstein’s Garden. The theme for Einstein’s Garden this year is Lifetime.


Further information and context:

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 Illumine

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.

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.