Arts Alive Wales

Arts Alive Wales is an educational arts charity based in Crickhowell, South Powys. We use the arts to engage, inspire and enhance the quality of life of people in our regional communities. We work across Mid and South East Wales with professional artists to provide opportunities for active and meaningful participation in compelling and high quality contemporary arts and culture.

Our work and vision is inspired by and responds to the unique cultural, social, historical and environmental context of the Black Mountains and Welsh Borders.

The regional provider of Arts and Health activities, we work with artists that provide opportunities for participation particularly for children, young people and vulnerable groups.

Criw Celf, formerly known as Portffolio, 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.

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. It also helps young people build an invaluable portfolio of work created outside of an educational environment.

‘Access to art and working with people in industry outside school puts everything into context’ Kayleigh Hughes, Head of Art, Gweryfed High School.

‘It’s good to spend this amount of time working together as a group. I’ve developed more confidence in talking about art with others.’
Jonathon Main, 13, Criw Celf participant

During 2016/17 participants took part in workshops including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, socially engaged art, land art, film and photography.

Arts Alive Wales manages the project for South Powys, which is commissioned and funded by the Arts Council of Wales and Powys County Council as part of the national Criw Celf initiative.


2017/18 programme of activity:

Criw Celf Secondary (11-15yrs) – Monday 12th – Thursday 15th February 2018

Criw Celf Portfolio + Raising the Bar (15-19yrs) –July/August 2018

Workshops will cover a range of disciplines: Drawing / Painting / Sculpture / Printmaking Photography / Design / Textiles / Film Illustration / Ceramics / Animation

There will be a visit to a large gallery included on each of the courses as well as opportunities for field trips, residency and studio visits. We hold a celebratory event/exhibition of the work created on the courses for those involved as well as friends and family. Work can then be used to enhance Portfolios etc. as appropriate.

£35 per student for the whole course.

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 discretely waived for those participants who are unable to pay.

To express interest in our Criw Celf programme 2017/18 and to find out more, contact:

Rachel Dunlop, Participation Manager

01873 811579

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