Peak artist opportunity: Horsebox Studio Commission
Illumine at the Green Man Festival
Festival dates: 16 – 19 August 2018
Closing date: 5pm, Monday 14th May 2018.
This is an exciting commission to create work for Peak’s Horsebox studio at Green Man Festival 2018 for a professional visual or applied artist of any discipline.
Participation in the arts is at the heart of everything that we do at Peak, and the selected artist will run linked engagement and/or workshop activities for both festival visitors and participants on Peak’s ‘Illumine’ project.
Peak’s Horsebox Studio will be sited in the Einstein’s Garden area of Green Man. http://www.greenman.net/explore/areas/einsteins-garden/
Peak’s Horsebox Studio is a mobile, creative project space that has welcomed over 2500 visitors since 2016 at Green Man, Cardiff Contemporary, Royal Welsh Show Spring Festival and Canal & River Trust events. Its’ equipment includes an A3 size portable printing press which can form part of the proposal if desired.
The format and outcome of the work is not prescriptive, and the artist will be supported by Peak staff to work up proposals to installation stage, and with engagement activity associated with the commission before and during the Festival.
– The theme for Einstein’s Garden this year is Lifetime.
– Peak works with professional artists, creating work that responds to our rural environment.
– Illumine is a digital arts training project for young people aged 16-25 who live in Powys. Its programme responds to themes such as environment, ecology, history, culture, language, events and people of this area (see p 4).
Professional visual or applied artists at any stage in their career are eligible to apply (students in full time education are not eligible).
The artist must be available and onsite during the preparation and delivery of the project during the Green Man Festival (15 – 19 August 2018).
The artist must be a clear and confident communicator with an ability to build relationships and experience of working collaboratively with young people.
The artist will be selected on:
• the strength of their work to date
• the relevance of their practice to the outlined themes
• their experience of working successfully in collaboration with the public including young people
• their interest in the commission
The artist will be required to liaise regularly with Peak staff during the commission to update on progress and discuss any issues that may arise.
The artist is expected to spend a minimum of 8 days working on the research, preparation, delivery and evaluation of the commission, of which at least 5 days should take place in the Black Mountains.
Peak aims to develop a relationship with the artist in the longer term.
The commission includes leading a workshop with Illumine ‘Image Makers’ in July (date tbc). This will be supported by the Illumine Associate Producer, Morag Colquhoun and Peak project staff.
The selected artist must be self-employed, covered by their own Public Liability Insurance and have a current DBS certificate (we can arrange a DBS check if needed).
Although not essential, it is advantageous that the artist has access to own car and a valid, clean driving license because of the limited public transport infrastructure locally.
Budget and Resources
• £2,500 artist fee inclusive of materials and production costs
• Up to £150 travel expenses
• Up to 4 x nights’ accommodation in Crickhowell (if required)
• Tickets x 2 to Green Man festival and onsite camping space if preferred
Peak staff will arrange for any modifications to the Horsebox and will support the delivery of engagement activity during the festival weekend.
Peak staff will manage the documentation, promotion and digital content of the commission.
To apply please email a PDF document including:
– Artist CV (no more than two sides of A4)
– Letter of application outlining current art practice, experience, interest in the commission and any initial ideas in response (no more than 2 sides of A4)
– Up to 6 images of recent work/projects
– Up to 4 web links to other examples of work, moving image/audio files etc.
Applications should be emailed to: Stephanie Allen, Interim Creative Director firstname.lastname@example.org with Peak Horsebox Commission in the subject line of the email.
If your PDF document is larger than 3MB please use a file sharing service such as We Transfer.
The deadline for applications is 5pm, Monday 14th May 2018.
All applications will be acknowledged on receipt. An artist will be selected and notified by Monday 21st May.
The selection panel will include:
– Justine Wheatley, Chief Executive, Peak
– Stephanie Allen, Interim Creative Director, Peak
– Rachel Dunlop, Participation Manager, Peak
– Morag Colquhoun, Illumine Associate Producer, Peak
– A selection of young people on the Illumine project
A shortlist of candidates may be contacted by phone or Skype for an informal interview for further information before a final artist is selected.
We regret that it will not be possible to give feedback to unsuccessful applicants.
For an informal conversation about ideas please contact Stephanie Allen, Interim Creative Director email@example.com / 01873 811579
Further information and context:
The Peak office and studio is situated less than a mile from the festival site and within the Brecon Beacons National Park. 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)
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.