Peak / Copa


Peak /Copa is an initiative devised by Arts Alive Wales which develops opportunities for contemporary art in the Black Mountains for the benefit of the region’s artists, communities and visitors.

Peak is exploring potential for artist residencies, commissions, exhibitions, artist-led projects and festivals, alongside education and outreach programmes for young people.



For details of current projects, events and residencies visit the Peak blog:



The inspiration for Peak lies in an enthusiasm for the exceptional artists working in the Black Mountains and the distinctive, natural landscape as a unique resource, which attracts thousands of visitors each year.

During 2016 Peak is working with a range of environmental partners including the Canal & River Trust, The Landmark Trust  and the  Brecon Beacons National Park Authority .These organisations share Peak’s vision for bringing artists, sites and audiences together.

We are also working with a range of arts partners including Arts Council of Wales, the Digital Innovation Fund for the Arts in Wales, BBC Connected Studio, Green Man festival and Cardiff Contemporary.



During summer 2014 we carried out a research project supported by the Arts Council of Wales, in order to connect with rurally based arts organisations across the UK, with the aim of raising the profile of the Black Mountains as a site for the creation and presentation of contemporary art.

The project supported visits with invited artists, to the following organisations:

Click on the links above to read responses to the visits.

We learnt from the knowledge and expertise these well established organisations have built on, particularly curating, commissioning and developing audiences in rural places.



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. The Black Mountains may be roughly defined as those hills contained within a triangle formed by the main towns of Abergavenny in the southeast, Hay-on-Wye in the north and Brecon in the west.

The Black Mountains is a rich cultural area, having attracted many artists, writers and musicians to live and work here throughout the twentieth century.  The Black Mountains is also the home of large international festivals including Hay Festival, Green Man and Abergavenny Food Festival



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Current Projects