Caban Crefft

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Caban Crefft / Craft Cabin is a new two-year Culture, Health & Wellbeing initiative funded by the Health Lottery and offers regular, creative sessions for targeted groups of young people aged 16 – 25.


Two groups have been created in Abergavenny – one in King Henry VIII High School  and the other in Woodstock House, part of Solas Cymru, which provides supported accommodation for homeless young people in Monmouthshire.

Weekly workshops with professional artists will enable young people to make friends, gain confidence and improve resilience whilst learning valuable and transferable skills. Digital arts and filmmaking will give young people a voice, addressing the stigma and discrimination many face in our small town. Digital is an increasing part of our creative and artistic offer but we also work with artists in more traditional media.

Our idea comes from young people we have worked with in Abergavenny in 2014 and 2015. We ran stone carving projects for young homeless people, and involved young women with poor mental health in our Health lottery supported Crafty Women group. Although our participants underwent positive transformation in their lives (one young man was offered a year long drystone walling apprenticeship as a result of taking part) and found enjoyment and positive engagement, they asked for greater continuity, more choice of arts media and groups and locations that specifically met their needs.Building on these projects, Caban Crefft will offer the longer term, tailored and participant led provision that YP in Abergavenny have asked for.

All Arts Alive Wales projects are run within our ethos of co-production, where participants are helped to regard themselves as ‘co-creators’ with the artists that lead the sessions and teach skills, so they will have control from the outset.  Participants will also be involved in a range of opportunities within the community and in Arts Alive Wales’ creative programme. We will support our participants to develop sustainable and self-supporting groups that will last beyond the life of this project and provide a new resource of the communities of Abergavenny and district.



For more information about Caban Crefft please contact Rachel Dunlop, Participation Manager e: t: 01873 811579


Photo credit: Toril Brancher

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