Beasts of the Black Mountains
Pete Fowler

Green Man Festival

Glanusk, Crickhowell, Powys
17th – 20th August 2017

Situated on site at the Horsebox Studio, Einstein’s Garden.

Click here to complete our survey and be in with a chance of winning a signed, limited edition Totemic print. Deadline 3rd September. 

Originally from Cardiff, artist and designer Pete Fowler works in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, animation, printmaking and sculpture and is best known for his artwork for the Super Furry Animals.  For Peak/Copa’s artist commission for Green Man 2017, Pete was lured away from his studio on Brick Lane, London for a research visit to the rural Black Mountains of Wales.

Over an intense four days Pete visited a variety of locations, including waterways, mountains and woodlands and met local residents and eco volunteers. Pete was inspired to creatively respond to the region’s unique landscape to design a psychedelic mirrored realm of the environment.

Pete has created TOTEMIC – Beasts of the Black Mountains, a company of fantastical beasts that live and breath within the features of the terrain. Pete will unleash the Canal Hydrus, Table Mountain Shaman, Alder Wood Sprite and River Usk Nymph at Green Man festival. Audiences are invited into the unique portal of the Horsebox Studio, a creative mobile space that takes Peak projects on the road.

During the festival weekend this portal will grow and mutate as families and folk create their own interpretations of the beasts through creative drawing and writing workshops. Will the Green Man have the ingenuity to tame these strengthening beasts?

Totemic will be exhibited at The Old School in Crickhowell in the autumn and via Signed limited edition Pete Fowler prints will made available to purchase after the festival.

Totemic is supported by the Arts Council of Wales and Brecon Beacons Trust.

Peak/Copa creates opportunities for contemporary art in the Black Mountains.



Noctule credit Jon Poutney

A special commission from Peak for the Green Man Festival 2016

Farm Hand the solo project of Mark Daman Thomas (member of Islet and founder of Shape Records) collaborated with artist Stefhan Caddick who works in video, installation and performance. The pair created a new, site-specific live performance called Noctule, taking place underground in Eglwys Faen (Stone Church), a cave on the Llangattock Escarpment, three miles from the Green Man festival site. The piece responded to the unique acoustics, history and habitat of the cave system – one of the biggest in Europe and home to a colony of Lesser Horseshoe bats.

You can read an interview with Stefhan Caddick and Mark Daman Thomas, published online with The Wire about the collaborative process and logistical challenges of creating Noctule.

On Tuesday 16th August 2016 an audience of 10 people took part in a guided walk through the dramatic Craig Y Cilau National Nature Reserve to experience the performance in the cave and discover the unique ecology and history of the landscape along the way.

The recording of the performance was screened at Peak’s Horsebox Studio and experienced by 750 people throughout the Green Man festival weekend.

‘What a fantastic idea, I wish I had been there’ 

‘A truly immersive experience’

‘A very inventive concept and I love the horse box’ 


Musician and Designer, Emma Daman Thomas created a limited edition of 50 x A3 Risograph prints in celebration of Noctule.
Prints are £15 each + postage & packing. To purchase a print please contact: 

Emma Daman Thomas limited edition print


(photography: Jon Pountney)

Noctule was supported by: