“I enjoy going outdoors and seeing how art can merge or impact where we are.”
Illumine is a year-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 10 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 Spring 2019. This content takes form in films, photographs, prints, installations and sound.
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 has made me feel like a career in the arts is a plan not an idealistic path.”
Throughout the Summer, participants worked with 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
After selection by the young people we also had a mini-residency with filmmaker and animator Ewan Jones-Morris in October 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 Spring 2019 young people are working with other 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’re also building a project website and making a fanzine to accompany the body of work.
Bursaries of up to £500 per person are available to support young people with travel, food and materials costs. We meet weekly at The Muse in Brecon town centre. If you’re aged between 16-25 and interested in joining, please drop into the Muse on Thursdays between 4-6pm – if you’d like to find out more 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.