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 2018 participants took part in workshops including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, assemblage, photography, sonic art and ceramics. We embarked on trips to Swansea College of Art, Glynn Vivian Gallery, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol and Birmingham’s IKON gallery.


“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 Summer School 2019 – 14-19yrs (Key Stage 4+)

Monday 29th July – Friday 2nd August – Peak Studio Crickhowell, 10am-4pm.

Day long workshops working alongside professional artists living and working in Wales. This year there will be workshops in Digital Animation/Filmmaking, Drawing and Painting, Contemporary Weaving, Printmaking and a gallery trip to National Botanic Garden of Wales and Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen.

Cost: £35 for the whole project including all materials and transport for the gallery trip. Course fees can be discreetly waived for those who feel unable to pay. Students who attend will be given a sketchbook, fineliner pens and graphite pencils which are theirs to keep. All work can be taken home to enhance GCSE/A Level/College or University applications.

To register your place for the Summer 2019 sessions for ages 14-19 contact:
Rachel Dunlop, Participation Manager:  / 01873 811579

Places are limited and booking is essential.



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