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 and 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 made a difference because I really do want to do art as a GCSE now as I wasn’t sure before. I think I could see myself having a career in art.”
Ceri, 14, Criw Celf Participant 2017


“Criw Celf has widened my horizons as to what I could do and what I’m able to do. I always like the new experience, whether working with an artist or doing something I would never think of doing.”
George, 17, Criw Celf Participant 2017


“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 


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. Criw Celf offers young people a valuable insight into what it’s really like to work in the arts and creative industries.

So far, during 2018 participants have took part in workshops including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, assemblage.

We deliver Criw Celf South Powys in two groups:

– 11-15yrs in February half-term. An intensive four-day art course that is made up of workshops and a visit to a major gallery.

– 15-19 yrs in Summer Holidays. A five-day course made up of workshops, masterclasses, site visits and a trip to a major gallery. Further dates will be offered to visit a FE/HE institution.


Both of the programmes conclude with a celebratory ‘pop-up’ exhibition at the Peak venue.

Work produced during the week can be taken home after the celebratory exhibition to enhance GCSE/A Level/FE/University application Portfolios.



2018 project delivery is now complete. If you’d like to find out more about the project, please consider joining us for a ‘pop-up’ exhibition of work created by our 15-19 yrs group on Saturday 6th October 2-4pm. It will be a chance to meet other young people who’ve been involved and take part in a drop-in printmaking workshop.


To express interest in next years’ programme or for more information contact:

Rachel Dunlop, Participation Manager:  / 01873 811579


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