Portffolio (11-15 yrs) & Portffolio+Plus (15-19 yrs) is a visual arts project for young people 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 great being around creative people, it always sparks new ideas. The project helped me see that people can do art as a career and enjoy it.’
Kieran, aged 18, near Brecon, now a student at Hereford College of Art.


 ‘Access to art and working with professionals in the induustry outside school puts everything into context.’
– Kayleigh Hughes, Head of Art, Gwernyfed High School, Powys


(Images of 2016 workshops. Photo credit: Toril Brancher & Nathan Morgan)



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. Portffolio offers young people a valuable insight into what it’s really like to work in the arts and creative industries.

During 2016 participants took part in workshops including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, assemblage, public art, land art, film and photography.



Register for Portffolio+Plus 2017 now:

Portffolio+Plus : 15-19 year olds
Intensive five-day course of workshops, studio visits, gallery and art college visits with professional artists.
Summer Holidays: Monday 24th – Friday 28th July (10am-4pm)
£35 per student for the whole course (includes all materials)



Monday 24th: Poet and artist Allen Fisher, based in Hereford, will introduce students to drawing and painting still life studies working with a large range of materials. Arts Alive Studio, Crickhowell.

Tuesday 25thWoven textile artist and designer Laura Thomas, based in Bridgend, will demonstrate traditional weaving on hand looms in a contemporary style. Arts Alive Studio, Crickhowell.

Wednesday 26th: Students will travel to IKON Gallery, Birmingham to visit an exhibition of Sidney Nolan’s work – one of the most important Australian artists of the twentieth century who lived the last ten years of his life in Presteigne, Powys. To mark the centenary of his birth, in collaboration with the Sidney Nolan Trust, Ikon brings to light a selection of extraordinary paintings dating from the 1980s. Other exhibitions we will visit include visual artist Sheela Gowda and On Kawara: One Million Years (Reading) part of the Venice Biennale.

Thursday 27th: Visit to The Landmark Trusts’ site Llwyn Celyn, Llanthony Valley, with photographer Toril Brancher and visual artist Stefhan Caddick working outdoors and responding to the landscape through photography and sonic art. 

Friday 28thA visit to Sidney Nolan Trust, Presteigne. After seeing the exhibition of spray paintings at IKON, students will travel to Presteigne to visit The Rodd- where Sidney Nolan spent the last ten years of his life. There will be a guided tour as well as a rare chance to see Sidney Nolan’s studio. After lunch,  Creative producer Dr. Emma Posey will introduce students to out-of-the-box technology such as microprocessors and sensors. Working outdoors, she will demonstrate how artists can work creatively with technology to produce thought-provoking and culturally relevant work.


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.

For more information and to register for a place contact:

Rachel Dunlop, Participation Manager

email: rachel@artsalivewales.org.uk

tel: 01873 811579


Download the project leaflet: Portffolio 2017 leaflet

To find out more about Portffolio (11-15yrs) that took place in February 2017, click HERE


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.

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