WVRF aims to connect communities, inspire and support creativity, and to interpret and celebrate our outstanding landscape. This includes working with partners to make arts accessible for all, embedding new skills that support individuals on their personal creative journeys, whilst fostering a deep appreciation of the environment.

To extend the range of the festival’s creative connections we have recruited five dynamic ‘Creative Community Champions’ working across the area from January to July 2022. All are talented local creatives who have been developing projects with local communities to build confidence, ambition, and skills. Their collaborations will feature in the festival and build lasting networks and partnerships that will enable the development of a year-round creative programme.

Our creative work with some communities has already begun, and as we grow and continue we’ll get around to everyone! You won’t miss out!

The 2022 Creative Community Champions & Projects:

Aimee Blease-Bourne – Queering the Wye Valley

Catherine Hawkridge – I Live Here

Chez Dunford – Exploring Thrutopia

Claudia Peake – Altered places, changing spaces

Nichola Goff – Youth Banner Project