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 



Criw Celf South Powys 2019 from Peak on Vimeo.

Monday 25th February – Visual artist Stefhan Caddick ran a sculpture workshop inspired by the work of Jean Tinguely. Working in the studio space we spent the day making kinetic sculpture – sculptures that move. Using basic materials (wood, metal, plastics, simple motors and electronics) we worked in small teams to make sculptures with an improvised, moveable element.

Tuesday 26th February – Artist Bella Kerr led a drawing and painting workshop focusing on still life drawing, experimenting with a wide range of materials and drawing and painting on a large-scale.

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

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 led drawing exercises in the gallery. We then met artist Tom Goddard who showed us around some of the new artist spaces in the Capitol Shopping Centre in the city centre and took us to g39.



To register your place for the Summer 2019 sessions for ages 15-19 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