Criw Celf

Criw Celf South Powys is a visual arts project for young people (11-19yrs) with a special interest and talent in art.

The project boosts students’ artistic skills, knowledge and encourages creative careers. We introduce students to professional artists, makers and designers through inspirational workshops, studio and gallery visits, exploring different approaches to art and design. It’s a great opportunity to learn new skills and try new media all whilst making new friends from different schools.


“Criw Celf made me try things I wouldn’t normally think to do or would be too anxious to try and they ended up going well so I got a new skill and more confidence.”
C, 17, Criw Celf Participant 2018


“Thank you for this amazing opportunity! I’ve come away feeling inspired and motivated.”
R, 17, Criw Celf Participant 2018



The arts and creative industries contribute £84 billion to the UK economy each year and 1 in 11 jobs in the UK are within the creative industries as well as being the fastest growing sector in Wales. Criw Celf offers young people a valuable insight into what it’s really like to work in the arts and creative industries.

In 2019 students took part in workshops in Digital Animation/Filmmaking, Drawing and Painting, Contemporary Weaving, Printmaking, Sculpture, and trips to National Botanic Garden of Wales Oriel Myrddin, g39, Chapter, National Museum Cardiff, Printhaus.

“Criw Celf has expanded my previous list of job options by informing us about a range of art styles and industries available in Wales”
J, 15, Criw Celf Participant 2018
“Access to art and working with professionals in the industry outside school puts everything into context.”
Kayleigh Hughes, Creative Arts Assistant Curriculum Coordinator, Gwernyfed High School 

Now recruiting:

Criw Celf October half-term 2020

Monday 26th – Thursday 29th October 


Given the current situation, we will be delivering Criw Celf online during October half-term. W/shops will take place on Zoom.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – Workshop sessions 10am-noon, 2-4pm. W/shops are all delivered by professional artists, makers and writers. These sessions will explore; drawing and painting, collage and mixed media, photography and film, creative writing and ceramics.

Thursday – 10-noon – a special printmaking session with Printhaus Cardiff, 2-4pm a mini-Zoom festival which showcases different artists working digitally.

Cost: Normally we charge £35 for the course, but are offering this for free this year as we don’t want to the cost to be a barrier for people taking part. Any donations would be gratefully received, but not necessary. We can also lend tablets free of charge to those who need them to use Zoom, and every young person that signs up will have a full materials kit posted/dropped off to ensure they have all materials at home to take part (this will include everything from pens, clay, a screen for screenprinting and popcorn for the Zoom festival!)

We expect that places will fill up quickly for this project, 15 are available. Please note; as this project is part-funded by Powys County Council, priority is given to young people who live and/or are educated in Powys. To get the most out of the project, we encourage young people who want to take part to join in all the sessions where possible.

Booking is essential. For more information and to register please contact;

Rachel Dunlop, Participation / or call the office on 01873 811579 (please bear in mind if you call the office, staff are predominately working from home so it may take a few days for us to get back to you)



Peak, Crickhowell is delivering the project in South Powys while Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown is delivering in the north of the county.

Criw Celf South Powys is funded by the Arts Council of Wales and Powys County Council and is part of the national Criw Celf initiative.

Photography and film credit: Sion Marshall Waters, Toril Brancher