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 


Recruiting now: Criw Celf 11-15 yrs. Monday 25th – Thursday 28th Feb. 2019

A four-day project for young people aged 11-15 during half-term working with professional artists. Three workshops exploring sculpture, drawing and painting, ceramics and a trip to Cardiff. Programme is as follows:

Monday 25th February – Visual artist Stefhan Caddick will be running a sculpture workshop inspired by the work of Jean Tinguely. Working in the studio space we will spend the day making kinetic sculpture – sculptures that move. Using basic materials (wood, metal, plastics, simple motors and electronics) we will work in small teams to make sculptures which have an improvised, moveable element. For example an arm that makes abstract drawings, a sound-making device, or some other purpose not yet imagined.

Peak Studio, Crickhowell. 10am-4pm

Tuesday 26th February – Artist Bella Kerr will be running a drawing and painting workshop which will focus on still life drawing, experimenting with a wide range of materials and drawing and painting on a large-scale.

Peak Studio, Crickhowell. 10am-4pm

Wednesday 27th February – Ceramicist Anne Gibbs will run a ceramics workshop exploring the theme of landscape. During the workshop students will learn hand building and decorating techniques to create a unique hand-made vessel in earthenware clay.

Peak Studio, Crickhowell. 10am-4pm

Thursday 28th February – Gallery trip to Cardiff to National Museum Cardiff to visit the permanent exhibitions as well as a special exhibition, Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing. Artist Tessa Waite will run drawing exercises in the gallery. After lunch, we’ll meet artist Tom Goddard who will show us around some of the new artist spaces in the Capitol Shopping Centre in the city centre and take us to gallery g39. There will be mini-bus pick-ups and drop-offs in Brecon, Crickhowell and Abergavenny.

Cost: The cost of the course is £35 which includes all materials and the travel on the gallery trip. Course costs are heavily subsidised by Arts Council of Wales and Powys County Council. Course fees can be discretely waived for those who feel unable to pay.


The week will end with a celebratory exhibition in late Spring. Work can be taken home to enhance GCSE portfolios.

To register your place for 2019 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, Toril Brancher