Caban Crefft

Caban Crefft (The Craft Cabin) is a two year Arts and Wellbeing initiative funded by the Health Lottery offering weekly creative sessions for groups of young people in Abergavenny aged 16 – 25.


“It’s nice to work with professional artists, it makes me feel confident and like I can do that too if I keep trying”


Workshops with professional artists enable young people to make friends, build confidence, and improve their resilience and at the same time learn valuable skills that could be used in other situations. Caban Crefft is run with an ethos of ‘co-production’, where young people are encouraged to see themselves as co-creators, contributing creatively to activity orientation alongside leading artists.

“I feel so much more confident to start a new project or pick up my camera now”


Two groups have been created in Abergavenny – one in King Henry Viii High School for selected pupils, and the other at Abergavenny Community Centre. Both groups meet weekly on a Wednesday for craft sessions, and there are plenty of other opportunities for young people to get involved across our programme in other projects, volunteering etc. We are working with over 20 young people across the two groups.

If you’re aged 16-25 and would like to join the sessions in Abergavenny Community Centre, Wednesdays, 11am-1pm, contact Seren Fenoulhet, Caban Crefft Project Co-ordinator: / 01873 811579. These sessions are FREE of charge. If you’d like to find out a bit more about the workshops and how they run before you try them, contact Seren for an informal chat.

King Henry Viii High School


January-Feb: Six weeks pottery working with ceramicist Martin Craddock. The group started the term with a design session, and took a hands on approach to each element of the creative process including to create their own unique hand built ceramics.

Feb-March: Students worked with digital artist Lauren Heckler to create stop-motion animation using iPads that the participants could access at school. We used a free app so that those who were interested could continue to use the skills gained during the workshops to create films in their own time. Lauren Heckler made a film of all the animations that the group were able to watch and be sent home to their parents.

March-April: After consulting with the group, participants embarked on a series of 6 workshops with artist Stefhan Caddick, current artist in residence with the Landmark Trust at their property Llwyn Celyn. Participants created instruments from construction materials used on site to explore improvised sound and compose music to be used as part of Stefhan’s performance piece in the Llanthony Valley. This work culminated in a final performance at school, and we are hopeful that the Young People will be able to visit Llwyn Celyn and perform in situ.

June-July: For the summer term the group decided they would like to explore printmaking. Participants worked with artists Tessa Waite and Rachel Cadman to learn skills in screen printing, mono printing, block printing, etching, sun printing and Collographs. The Young People achieved an incredible amount within the 6 workshops, learning a new technique each week. This project ended with a mini pop-up exhibition at the school, where members of the Peak staff team and school board were invited to see the work made, and give the participants a sense of pride in their work.

Over the summer holidays the Young People from this group have been invited to attend Criw Celf, and participate in workshops with artist Susan Adams on her Horsebox Commission work for the Abergavenny Food Festival. In the Autumn term we will be taking a trip to Llwyn Celyn, engaging with Stefhan Caddick’s artwork there, and continuing to explore new art mediums.

Community Centre group


This summer we have successfully set up a second group at Abergavenny Community Centre. This group is for any Young Person aged 16-25 who has an interest in art and/or is looking to gain confidence, learn new skills, and meet other Young People in the community.

Over the past six weeks the group have engaged in a variety of ‘taster sessions’ while we take the time to get to know each other, and decide what art practice we would like to explore first. We have had a crit session to see each others work, a stop-motion animation workshop, a flip-book animation workshop, a documentary photography session with artist Sion Marshall Waters, a printmaking session and a special Origami session delivered by artist Mayumi Takahagi.

Over the rest of the summer the group will be embarking on workshops in photography and film having found that it is the subject most members want to explore further, and work with artist Susan Adams on her Horsebox Commission for the Abergavenny Food Festival.

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