Hinterlands is a project led by Peak and Canal & River Trust (C&RT), supported by Arts Council of Wales, inviting artists and communities to explore the Monmounthshire & Brecon canal as a space for creativity, biodiversity & wellbeing.
The project’s location is at the Pontypool end of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal in Torfaen.
- Phase I of Hinterlands took place in Spring/Summer 2018.
- Phase II runs from Spring 2019 – Autumn 2020 and includes three programme strands.
“We are so lucky to have the canal on our doorstep. We already use it for walks and activities but this project has highlighted the huge potential of the space for wellbeing, learning and dreaming.”
– Pontypool resident, 2018
Ahoi! What Grows Here?
Ahoi! What Grows Here? draws upon the history of the canal as an infrastructure for transporting agricultural produce, exploring the idea of the canal as a slow food highway, and mapping the region through food and geological evidence. Artists Ella Gibbs and Owen Griffiths have been researching existing food production along the canal, using Junction Cottage at Pontymoile Basin as a base.
Performance Butty is an alternative and free, floating art school responding to the Mon & Brec canal through performance, sound and text. Led by local young people (aged 16-25 years) and artist Stefhan Caddick, with invited collaborators, a customized canal boat is transformed into a mobile space for live events, readings and music, activating sites along the towpath as the group journeys from Brecon to Pontymoile over the course of a week in Summer 2020.
Artist Rebecca Chesney has researched the industrial history of the area and the land around the Mon & Brec towpath at Pontymoile and after documenting the flora and fauna of the site, she has proposed a new planting commission. Internationally renowned landscape designer Sarah Price has contributed as an advisor to the project called Pont-y-Ddôl – ‘Bridge over the Meadow’.
For more information about Hinterlands Wales contact:
Melissa Appleton, Creative Producer email@example.com
Follow the project @HinterlandsWAL
Hinterlands Wales is supported by: