Blaen Dyar: Artists in Residence

HYDRO Artists in Residence – February 2017

We’re delighted to welcome Leona Jones and Penny Hallas as HYDRO artists in residence. Both explore themes of energy, industry and the environment in their artworks: they find the mini hydro sites, processes and ethos hugely exciting and are intrigued by the challenge of how to represent this in their artwork given that hydro electric systems are by their very nature largely hidden from view.

The initial research phase of their work will be to follow installation at the Blaen Dyar site and gather material related to hydro technology and the landscape in which it is situated. This will include sound recordings, film, photography, mapping and drawing, which they hope to develop into finished artworks at a later stage.

Leona Jones at Blaen Dyar site pre-installation (image Penny Hallas)

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April 2017

We have been on site at Blaen Dyar as construction there commences, observing the water pipes being delivered and joined before being winched into locations on the hillsides.  Positioning the pipes is a task that requires both brains and brawn, an understanding of the landscape, how the long pipes may move through scrub and trees, and where to position brakes in order to prevent them hurtling down the steeper inclines.  It’s been a fascinating time, watching them slither and snake through the landscape to their final positions.







September 2017

Exciting plans are coming closer to fruition for our partnership with LGV. Now Blaen Dyar is fully built and capable of generating (good downpours willing), the Board has approved funding for us to develop an audio/visual installation from the material we’ve gathered. It’s expected this will go on display around Easter 2018, probably in Crickhowell. In addition, match funding is being sought from an organisation that promotes partnerships between arts and businesses. If this is granted, we will, together with LGV, also be able to hold a celebration day for LGV’s 10th anniversary and the completion of five micro-hydro projects. Fingers crossed!

Following the successful funding bid with A&B Cymru, concrete plans are now underway for the audio-visual installation we’ve been working on through our partnership with LGV – part of next year’s 10th anniversary celebrations.  The photo you can see here is taken from one of the videos made as part of the project, and will be the central image used on publicity for the exhibition – as well as whetting the appetite for things to come.

December 2017

The installation, to be situated in Oriel Cric Studio opposite the Tourist Information Office in Crickhowell, will be open each day from Saturday 14th April until Saturday 21st April inclusive.  A launch event will take place on the evening of Saturday 14th, and on the final day there’ll be extra attractions as well, such as walks around Blaen Dyar (LGV and artist-led) and talks.  Throughout the week there’ll be other chances to talk to both Leona and Penny about the project.

As an exciting addition, Penny and Jackie will be leading a walk on the footpaths around the Blaen Dyar site as part of the Crickhowell Walking Festival in February.  Full details of all these events will be available early in 2018, and we’ll be letting you know what’s going on through regular updates in this newsletter and on social media.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Leona Jones and Penny Hallas


LGV and the artists have received an investment from A&B Cymru’s CultureStep to strengthen and develop their creative partnership.


January 2018

Volunteer, Rod, recording at Blaen Dyar. Image by Penny Hallas

Plans are well underway for the audio/visual exhibition in CRiC Studio, Beaufort Street, Crickhowell in April.  Exhibition dates and times have been finalised, a launch event is being planned and the day of extra attractions is taking shape.   If you’d like to put details in your diaries, here they are:

The exhibition will be open from Saturday 14th April until Sunday 22nd April, 10am – 5pm daily except Sundays 10am – 1.30pm.  

More information about the launch and the day of events will be given once details are confirmed.

We’re delighted to report that Penny and Jackie’s walk at the Blaen Dyar site, part of the Crickhowell Walking Festival in February, is almost fully booked.

Our final piece of news this month is that, in conjunction with LGV, the project has been submitted for consideration to A&B Cymru Awards 2018 under three categories: Arts, Business and the Community; Arts and Small Business; Arts, Business and the Environment.

It’s only a few weeks old but 2018 has already got off to a running start!


LGV and the artists have received an investment from A&B Cymru’s CultureStepto strengthen and develop their creative partnership.


February 2018

Artists in Residence are pleased to announce that as part of the annual Crikhowell Walking Festival,  a guided walk to Blaen Dyar will take place on Sunday 25th February to celebrate completion of the micro hydro scheme, the artists’ work and LGV’s 10th anniversary. For more details and to book please click here.