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. Dates for Summer 2018: Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August. 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.



Programme for Criw Celf 15-19yrs – Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August


Monday 30th July: Jenny Cashmore is an artist working across a range of mediums making site specific and site responsive works. Thinking about: #place #people #colours #experience #environment #performance #collaboration we will respond to the local environment (Mon and Brec. Canal, River Usk, Table Mountain). Wear clothing suitable for walking and being playful outside. Peak Studio, Crickhowell (10am-4pm)

Tuesday 31st July: Swansea-based visual artist Keith Bayliss will be delivering a drawing and painting workshop, workshopping ideas of gestural mark making and creating large scale works on paper. Peak studio, Crickhowell. (10am-4pm)

Wednesday 1st August: Digital artist Lauren Heckler will be introducing students to ‘Foley art’, exploring sonic art and digital technologies. Peak studio, Crickhowell.(10am-4pm)

Thursday 2nd August: Ceramicist Zoe Preece will be working with students to develop their own hand built clay vessels, with surfaces decorated using coloured slips and sgraffito techniques – whilst exploring themes of ‘still life’ and ‘the every day’. Peak Studio, Crickhowell. (10am-4pm)

Friday 3rd August: Gallery trip to Bristol supported by artist Tessa Waite – (exact details tbc)

£35 per student for the whole course, includes all materials and transport for the gallery trip. This fee can be discretely waived if necessary.

Places are limited, and booking is essential. We ask that participants who wish to be involved should commit to all the workshop sessions in their age group to get the most from the project.

Download our leaflet here: Criw Celf Brochure


For more information about Criw Celf or to register for 2018 delivery 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