“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 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 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.


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.

Studio portraits with Clémentine Schneidermann and stylist Charlotte James, August 2018. (Images taken by other young people)


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.

Documentary photography workshop with photographer and filmmaker Sion Marshall-Waters


The Young People we’re working with really wanted the opportunity to work with Ewan Jones-Morris so he joined us for a mini-residency in October where together they explored animation, drone technology and GIF’s. The drone footage was filmed in Crickhowell. See our webpage for the GIFs.


See some of the animations we made HERE

Throughout the Autumn term, young people are working with other artists including Gweni Llwyd to collate and edit content, accessing collections from Brecknock Museum and exploring ways to display the work at y Gaer.

Subsistence bursaries of up to £500 per person are available to support young people with food, travel and materials costs. We meet weekly at The Muse and you’re welcome to join us any time – if you’d like to find out more contact Rachel Dunlop, Participation Manager e: / t: 01873 811579


 Documenting Brecon through a workshop working with photographer Jon Pountney using disposable cameras.


Stop-frame animation mini-residency with visual artist Susan Adams


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.