Portfolio provides opportunities for pupils to experience inspirational visual arts workshops. The experimental sessions facilitated by professional artists, are aimed at developing the skills and confidence of pupils and advocating creative qualifications.
Portfolio offers inspirational workshops for 15 – 19 year olds, in media such as printmaking, drawing, textiles and sculpture. The project’s Lead Artist, Morag Colquhoun, introduces participants to a new artist at each workshop, exploring different ideas and approaches to art and design. There will also be at least one trip to a national art gallery and an opportunity to work in an artist’s studio. This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to take part in something quite special, with experiences to increase their knowledge, confidence and experience in visual art.
Arts Alive Wales is delivering the project in South Powys while Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown is delivering in the north.
A maximum of 15 places are available for pupils living and/or schooled in South Powys.
(Images 2014/15 workshops. Photo credit: Toril Brancher & Nathan Morgan)
Workshop dates for 2014/15:
All workshops ran from 10am-4pm at the Arts Alive Wales studio, Crickhowell
1st Workshop: Saturday 8th November with Textile Artist, Laura Thomas
Gallery Visit: Saturday 6th December, visit to Artes Mundi exhibitions in Penarth and Cardiff
2nd Workshop: Saturday 13th December with Printmaker, Tessa Waite
3rd Workshop: Saturday 31st January with Multi-Media Artist, Bella Kerr
4th Workshop: Saturday 21st February with Fine Artist, Keith Bayliss
Specialist workshops at artist studios were provided in Spring 2015 with Morag Colquhoun and Susan Adams.
Participants are asked for a contribution of £35 towards project costs. All art materials are provided for and transport for exhibition trips is included. We ask that participants who wish to be involved should commit to all the workshop sessions to get the most from the project.
The next call for applications for Portfolio will be announced in September 2015 (funding dependant).
Morag Colquhoun is the project’s lead artist:
Morag’s art work includes video, sculpture, installation, text and performance and she is particularly interested in exploring the relationships between art, energy and ecology. Morag previously worked as an archaeologist and with her horse in forestry. She later studied art at Cardiff School of Art and Design, where she now teaches art and design degree students. Morag has worked on a range of art projects in a variety of places, including rivers, woods and half way up mountains. As well as exhibiting her own art, she has also curated exhibitions of art by other artists and has led art workshops and tours in galleries including the National Gallery of Wales in Cardiff. Morag enjoys teaching art to young people, adults and children and she enjoys encouraging all her students to develop their own interests and abilities in art. Morag is also the Community Project Manager for Arts Alive Wales
Criw Celf & Portfolio is funded by the Arts Council of Wales and Powys County Council and is part of the national Criw Celf initiative.