REBECCA CHESNEY (Artist in Residence for the Black Mountains) Interviewed by REBECCA SPOONER


In winter 2015 PEAK and the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority announced that artist Rebecca Chesney, based in Preston, Lancashire, had been selected as the first Artist in Residence for the Black Mountains. 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. During her 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.’ PEAK felt that Rebecca’s approach would question us and really encourage us to think about what we want to achieve through a residency programme in a rural context.

Rebecca is living and working in the Black Mountains from January – March 2016, responding to the distinct environment – its history, ecology and culture – in order to produce new work, which will be accessible to the public. The residency is supported by the BBNPA Sustainable Development Fund, Arts Council of Wales and the Morel Trust.

– Rebecca Spooner

Arts Development Manager

 Interview Part 1

Interview Part 2



PEAK develops opportunities for contemporary art in the Black Mountains and Welsh Borders for the benefit of the region’s communities and visitors.

Rebecca Chesney is a visual artist whose work is concerned with the relationship between humans and nature and how we perceive, romanticise and translate the landscape. Her projects take the form of installations, interventions, drawings, maps and walks. She has been commissioned by Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Bronte Parsonage Museum in North Yorkshire, Grizedale Arts in Cumbria and Landlife in Liverpool and was awarded a Gasworks International Fellowship in 2013. She has attended residencies at the Nirox Foundation in South Africa, at Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts and the Wordsworth Trust in the Lake District National Park. Her work has been widely exhibited in UK as well as in Japan, Germany, India, Spain, Ireland and Italy. She is based in Preston, UK.

The Black Mountains are a group of hills spread across parts of Powys and Monmouthshire in southeast Wales, and extending across the national border into Herefordshire. They are the easternmost of the four ranges of hills that comprise the Brecon Beacons National Park.


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