Criw Celf South Powys 2018


Criw Celf South Powys (formerly called Portfolio) 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


“Portfolio 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



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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.


During 2017 participants took part in workshops including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, assemblage, public art, land art, film, photography, drone technology, sonic art.


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. Find out about our 2017 delivery HERE
– 15-19 yrs in Summer Holidays. A five day course made up of workshops, studio and residency visits, a FE/University visit and a visit to a major gallery. Find out about our 2017 delivery HERE


Both of the programmes conclude with a celebratory ‘pop-up’ exhibition at the Arts Alive Wales venue.

Work produced during the week can be taken home after the celebratory exhibition to enhance GCSE/A Level/FE/University application Portfolios.

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£35 per student for the whole course (includes all materials)

Places are limited! 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 in their age group to get the most from the project. Course fees can be waived for those participants who are unable to pay.

 Download our leaflet here: Criw Celf leaflet 2018

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

Rachel Dunlop, Participation Manager
t: 01873 811579



Arts Alive Wales, Crickhowell is delivering the project in South Powys while Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown is delivering in the north of the county.
Arts Alive Wales, The Old School, Brecon Road, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1DG.

Portffolio 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


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