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3rd April 2019 Jemma Green

Reaching Rural Communities

Co-production / Digital / Young People

What is it about?

Discover how Peak’s Illumine digital project has rewired its relationships with artists, communities and young people in the Brecon Beacons. Delve into models of co-production and what it means to offer authentic creative direction with ‘young peers’. Learn about how Illumine challenged perceptions of contemporary rural culture for young people and how the project refined Peak’s approach to digital.

What will I gain?

— Insight into how to engage with rurally based young people, especially those facing disadvantage

— Knowledge of ‘co-production’ models with artists and young people

— Tips from Peak’s experience of giving young people a meaningful voice in governance and artistic programming

Who is it for?

This session is for anyone considering co-production with young people, particularly those in rural locations or those wanting to engage people from rural locations.

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Justine Wheatley | Chief Executive | Peak

Justine is Chief Executive of Peak, an arts organisation that works creatively with professional artists and rural communities, responding to its Black Mountains environment. She is responsible for leading, developing and managing Peak, and spearheaded its successful application to join the Arts Council of Wales portfolio of investment clients in 2016.

Justine is a Cultural Historian, with an MA Celto-Roman Studies and a BA History. An arts management professional and qualified chartered accountant formerly with Deloitte UK, she has worked in the arts for nearly 20 years, and previously worked in both the commercial and voluntary sector.

Rachel Dunlop | Participation Manager | Peak

Rachel joined the Peak staff team in March 2017, and is responsible for Peak’s participatory activity, including our Children and Young people’s programme both at our venue and in the community. Her role is part-funded by the Henry Smith Charity to enable those living with disadvantage to take part across Peak’s artistic programme.

Rachel has a first class BA and MA in Fine Art specialising in Painting from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and has managed various visual arts and community projects throughout Mid-Wales. Rachel is the current Mid Wales Area rep. for Engage and one of four lead invigilators for Wales in Venice/Cymru yn Fenis at the Venice Biennale in 2019.


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