Rebecca Chesney is our first Artist in Residence for the Black Mountains, as part of a collaboration between PEAK and the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. Click here for more information about the residency.
Blog Post no 2: February 2016
While I’m here in the Brecon Beacons National Park I’m collecting colours. I am developing a paint range to represent the Brecon Beacons that will reflect all the interests in the landscape: it’s ecology and geology, industry and tourism, policy and economics, culture and history.
I’ve been here nearly two weeks looking at the human impact on the landscape, and have been walking lots and exploring the area in all weathers. I had a great meeting on Friday with the Senior Ecologist of the National Park and he gave me loads of information on the relationship between all the interested parties in the landscape: how it’s managed, the impact of tourism and threats to ecology.
It’s coming to the end of this phase of my residency. I’ve tried to see as much of the landscape as I can: I’ve been in quarries and visited derelict lime kilns; walked stretches of the Monmouthshire & Brecon canal and the river Usk, and visited lakes and reservoirs; walked up Pen y Fan, Tor y Foel and Y Fal (Sugar Loaf); and had meetings with the National Park senior ecologist and also the Fforest Fawr Geopark geologist.
Most of it was in the rain.