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.

Forthcoming Events


7th July

Night Walk

9pm – 10.30pm

Meet at 76m2 Gallery, Pontypool

Artist Sam Hasler will lead a twilight walk along the canal. As the sun sets we’ll attune ourselves to the nightscape of the Mon & Brec, entering a fictional world of bats, zombies and nocturnal canal creatures!

BOOK: www.hinterlandswales.eventbrite.com


14th July

Hinterlands Wales at Party in the Park


Pontypool Park

Join us to celebrate the first phase of Hinterlands on the Mon & Brec! Throughout the afternoon, Mr and Mrs Clark will be performing a new work made from your contributions and the Hinterlands team will be resident in the horsebox studio, sharing the work that artists and communities have done during phase 1. We’ll also be launching our new map of the Mon & Brec, featuring special places and landmarks chosen by residents and lovers of this wonderful stretch of canal.

Mr and Mrs Clark performances are 12.30-3.30pm on the half hour, please check performance times on the day.


Follow Hinterlands on Twitter:@HinterlandsWAL and Facebook @hinterlands.canalrivertrust