“I enjoy going outdoors and seeing how art can merge or impact where we are – a lot of artists in this area explore the environment, I find that very inspiring”
“I’ve lived here almost all of my life and I had no idea I’d be able to see it in a different light. It’s a re-enchantment.”
Illumine is an 18-month long digital arts training project for young ‘Image Makers’ (16-25 years) that is managed and coordinated by Peak on behalf of Powys County Council. Having commenced in Spring 2018, our Image Makers are working closely with artists and industry professionals to ‘reimagine’ the Brecon Beacons and wider area, creating original digital content for display at ‘y Gaer’, Brecon’s new £14m cultural hub opening in late Winter 2019. This content takes form in a final film piece with sound score, photographs, prints, installations and performance.
Two day mini-residency working with photographer Clémentine Schneidermann and stylist Charlotte James, responding to their ongoing ‘FFASIWN’ project. Photos were taken by young people on the project around Brecon, who had two days working with the artists exploring styling, sustainable fashion and photography.
The project is made up of workshops, mini-residences, studio visits and location shoots exploring ‘sense of place’ past, present, future. There is a focus on skills development and for young people to learn new things but also to meet other like-minded people which can often be difficult in a rural area. Young people involved have access to one-to-one mentoring with Associate Producer Morag Colquhoun, who works closely with each individual to maximise opportunities and potential pathways for their futures. Illumine aims to provide more opportunities for young people to develop skills, networks, capabilities and knowledge that can help them pursue a creative career.
“I feel like Illumine has helped me feel energised to make artwork, and working with professional artists in Wales has made me feel like a career in the arts is a plan not an idealistic path.”
Throughout 2018, participants worked with over 20 professional artists including photographer Clémentine Schneidermann and Stylist Charlotte James, as well as Peak’s Green Man commissioned artist Natasha Russell to co-produce work for the Horsebox Studio over the festival weekend. BBC Connected Studios Cathy Robinson worked with Image Makers over the course of a mini-residency to explore ‘soundscaping,’ and they embarked on visits to Cardiff for a tour of 4pi Productions and a tour with Lisa Edgar, Senior Curator of Photography at National Museum Wales, as well as a trip to Birmingham’s IKON Gallery.
“Volunteering on Illumine has made me realise that I want do things like this for myself more often – projects that are creative and help you learn more about yourself in relation to your home. I feel like I want more life experiences now rather than more education.”
Documentary photography workshop with photographer and filmmaker Sion Marshall-Waters
The project is run with an ethos of ‘co-creation’ – where the artists and young people work alongside each other, and they are empowered to contribute to the programming of the project. Through selection by the young people we also had a mini-residency with filmmaker and animator Ewan Jones-Morris in October 2018 where together the participants explored animation, drone technology and GIF’s. The drone footage was filmed behind our studio in Crickhowell. See our Giphy webpage for the GIFs.
In 2019, Image Makers worked with a variety of artists including filmmaker Gweni Llwyd to collate and edit content, accessing collections from Brecknock Museum and exploring ways to display the work at y Gaer. They built a project website and curated an end-of-project showcase and party at The Muse, Brecon on Friday 13th December.
To find out more about the project, please contact:
Rachel Dunlop, Participation Manager e: firstname.lastname@example.org / t: 01873 811579
Documenting Brecon through a workshop working with photographer Jon Pountney using disposable cameras.
This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government. Illumine also receives funding from Powys County Council and Brecon Beacons National Park Sustainable Development Fund.