Hinterlands is a new national programme, led by the Canal & River Trust, and funded by Arts Council of England and the Arts Council of Wales inviting artists to explore waterway corridors as a creative space for five communities across England and Wales.


Hinterlands takes inspiration from the history of canals, a key technological development of the Enlightenment, fostering the same spirit of social revolution and ingenuity to inspire artists to re-imagine the future of the waterways as the longest and most accessible cultural space in the UK.

The Trust’s target location for Wales is Pontypool and the lower end of the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal in Torfaen CBC. Peak will work in partnership with Canal & River Trust to bring together a Creative Producer with local people, artists and community partners, who together will develop and support networks, communication and collaborations to boost the region’s creative potential. The project will enable artist led exploration of the canal corridor in the Pontypool area, and research the scope for generating prosperity and fresh cultural connections.

We held Caban Sgriblio sessions with Griffithstown Primary, working a lot outside and focusing on nature. Emma Beynon introduced the young people to lots of types of trees and plants, writing kennings and haikus in response.


Caban Sgriblio Canal Poems – Griffithstown 2018 from Peak Cymru on Vimeo.



Night Walk

Artist Sam Hasler guided us on a summer Night Walk through Pontypool, starting with a reading at Pontymoile Basin and leading us on a cinematic trip along the canal – in mind & body. As the darkness grew, we attuned our senses to the twilight landscape along the canal and the rhythms of the nocturnal wildlife.



Party in the Park

At Pontypool Park we celebrated the first phase of Hinterlands on the Mon & Brec. Throughout the afternoon, Mr and Mrs Clark and Dino Rovaretti performed a new work made from contributions by the public and the Hinterlands team were at the horsebox studio, sharing the work that artists and communities have done during phase 1. We also be launched our new map of the Mon & Brec, featuring special places and landmarks chosen by residents and lovers of this wonderful stretch of canal.


Hinterlands Wales has been on quite a journey in the last few months discovering the wonders of the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal around the Pontypool area. Here are some of the highlights from Phase 1!


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