PEAK and the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority are delighted to announce that artist Rebecca Chesney has been selected as the first Artist in Residence for the Black Mountains, from over 120 applications.
Rebecca, based near Preston, Lancashire responded ‘I’m absolutely delighted to have been selected for the PEAK residency. It’s such an exciting opportunity to be a part of and I and can’t wait to get started.’
Rebecca’s projects are specific to the locations she works in and take the form of installations, interventions, drawings, maps and walks and are underpinned by research into the protection of the environment.Her work is ‘concerned with how we perceive the land: how we romanticise, translate and define urban and rural spaces.’ In relation to the residency Rebecca is particularly interested in ‘the economic value of attracting visitors to the National Park and how that is balanced with the protection of its ecology.’
Rebecca has worked extensively across the UK, including residencies at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth and the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere, as well as projects in India, South Africa and the Netherlands.
Rebecca Spooner, Arts Development Manager said: ‘We were overwhelmed by the response to the first PEAK residency and really appreciate the time and energy that artists commit when applying for an opportunity like this. Rebecca’s work was a natural fit with the interests of PEAK and the Brecon Beacons National Park, particularly her concern with the perception of rural environments and communities. We also feel that Rebecca’s approach will question us and really encourage us to think about what we want to achieve through a residency programme.’
Rebecca will complete a week of research in the Black Mountains in autumn 2015 and then a five week residency, based near Llangynidr between Jan-March 2016. Rebecca will contribute to the PEAK blog and post news of public events and talks. PEAK will also deliver a series of creative sessions for local young people in response to the residency.
The PEAK & BBNPA Artist Residency is funded by:
The Morel Trust
With thanks to :
Artists Pip Woolf & Kirsty Claxton
Artist Jane Bennett
The Eco Travel Network