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 Half-term 2020 – 11-15 yrs

Monday 17th – Thursday 20th February

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – 3 day long workshops exploring digital technology, drawing and painting, mixed media and ceramics

Thursday – Gallery trip to Bristol to visit exhibitions at Royal West of England Academy, Spike Island and Arnolfini

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. An informal exhibition of the work created throughout the week for students, friends and family will be held at the Peak Studio on Saturday 21st March 2-4pm. All work is available to take home to use in portfolios.

To register your place for the February half-term sessions for 11-15 yr olds please 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