Criw Celf Ceredigion is a project for young people aged 12 to 18 who have been identified as being able and talented in the visual arts. It is part of a national initiative to nurture young talent in Wales. Participants come together around five times a year to work with professional artists, to visit exhibitions, university fine art departments and artists’ studios. Criw Celf Ceredigion is managed by Aberystwyth Arts Centre, in conjunction with Oriel Davies, with support from Powys County Council and the Arts Council of Wales.
The award-winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre is Wales’ largest arts centre and recognised as a ‘national flagship for the arts’. It has a wide-ranging artistic programme, both producing and presenting, across all art forms including drama, dance, music, visual arts, applied arts, film, new media, and community arts and is recognised as a national centre for arts development.
Collaborative Art Workshop – 2nd November 2017 – led by Amy Sterly:
A day-long collaborative workshop that took place in November at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Criw Celf participants were placed into three random groups and were set a challenge – to devise and create an ‘Under Water’ theme to display in three different exhibition spaces – for this they were provided with a range of recycling resources such as cardboard, plastic bottles, fabric, paint, wood, wire, string, glue guns, tape and more. They had to assemble their creations to fit in the exhibition space that was assigned to them. The resulting artworks were exhibited at Aberystwyth Arts Centre in the spaces for three weeks.
The aim of the collaborative workshop was to encourage collaboration, inventiveness, risk-taking and creativity, with other desirable outcomes being that working collaboratively would lead to making friends, an increase in confidence and unexpected creative results.
Creating Assemblages, photography and drawing led by Anna Evans
On the 11th and 25th November 2017(split into two groups), Criw Celf participants had an incredible opportunity to forage in Ceredigion Museum’s collections and put together their own assemblages which they photographed. The photos will be available to them to use in their portfolio.
The event included slide talks by artists, Catrin Webster, Sophie Kumar-Taylor and Louise Hobson, and fun mini-workshops, and considered the various ways, in which artists live and work in the 21st Century. The event was provided jointly for Criw Celf Oriel Davies and Criw Celf Ceredigion, which gave participants a chance to meet some like-minded young people! A Christmas Buffet was provided, and there was a chance to look at the current exhibitions.
Forthcoming workshops in 2018:
Portraiture workshop led by artist Ellie Young at Oriel Mwldan, Cardigan
Saturday 24th February 2018: 10.30am-3.30pm
Transport will be provided to Oriel Mwldan, Cardigan from Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
Aims: Understanding capturing likeness, using different materials, teamwork, creative collaboration, understanding of perception and the difference of perception. Using materials and ideas to convey identity.
Visit to the Aberystwyth University’s Fine Art Department led by Andrew Baldwin
Saturday 17th March 2018: 10am-3pm (tbc)
This is an opportunity to participate in arts workshops in a university fine art department – to get an insight into what universities have to offer and the chance to try out new tools, equipment and methods with expert advice. And you get to bring all your artworks home with you!
How to apply to take part in Criw Celf Ceredigion:
The Criw Celf programme runs from October to March every year (avoiding key revision and exam times). Events take place on Saturdays or during school holidays.
To make an application, talented and enthusiastic young artists will need to submit an application form along with images of their work. Please phone or email for a form (details below).
There are 20 spaces in Criw Celf Ceredigion. If you are successful a fee of £30 is payable and this includes all activities and events including art materials and trips. There are usually around 5 or more events each year.
NB Places for free school meal recipients are free. We welcome talented young artists aged 12-18 from all backgrounds. Please ask to speak to Rachael Taylor our Criw Celf Co-ordinator if you’d like to discuss any aspect of the project.
For more details or for an application form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01970 62 21 63.
Alternatively, please speak to your Art Teacher at Secondary School, and ask to be nominated for Criw Celf Ceredigion.
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Contact: Rachael Taylor