During 2007, Brecon DFAS sponsored an Arts Alive project that gave over 400 pupils in South Powys the opportunity to make a textile picture of Beaufort Street, the main route through Crickhowell. The 3m long banner depicts the A40 from the Fire Station to the Bear Hotel.
Nearly 300 children in Crickhowell Primary School contributed to the artwork and each class was responsible for designing and making one of the buildings on this busy stretch of road. The 3 landscape panels at the top of the Stitch were designed and executed by the neighbouring schools of Llanbedr, Llangattock and Cwmdu. Lisa Hellier and her team were responsible for the overall design of the project and for assembling the finished work but the design and execution of the individual parts was the work of the children themselves and the lively and colourful finished work is a reflection of their creative energy and enthusiasm.
The children’s panel is the final piece of a ‘triptych’ depicting Crickhowell’s High Street. The adult panels, completed in 2006, are currently displayed with the Children’s panels at CRiC gallery above the Tourist Information Centre in Crickhowell and have already been viewed by 100s of visitors to Crickhowell.
The project team were Andrea Newton Mills, Jaqui Pickford, Ann Taylor and Jan Winstanley. Brecon Decorative and Fine Arts Society provided vital match funding for the project. The project was also supported by funding from the National Parks Sustainability Challenge Fund and the Arts Council of Wales. Parents and teachers also generously contributed materials.