Oriel Davies

Criw Celf Oriel Davies
Oriel Davies
The Park
SY16 2NZ


01686 625 041 – please ask for Bethan Page, the Criw Celf Co-ordinator’s contact details.

desk@orieldavies.org – please ask for Bethan Page, the Criw Celf Co-ordinator’s contact details.

Criw Celf Oriel Davies 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 seven times a year to work with professional artists, to visit exhibitions, university fine art departments and artists’ studios. Criw Celf North Powys is managed by Oriel Davies, Newtown, the largest and most significant visual arts venue in the region.

Making our Mark
The Making our Mark exhibition and video were both outcomes of a day-long collaborative workshop that took place in December 2016 at Oriel Davies. Criw Celf participants were placed into three random groups and were set a two-part challenge – the first part was to devise and create their own ‘art tools’ – for this they were provided with a range of ‘low-tech’ resources such as cardboard, nails, fabric, paint roller handles, wire, string, glue guns, tape and more. The second part was to work together to develop mark-making methods and designs or drawings with their art tools. They were provided with plain wallpaper and flooring lino on which to work – the resulting artworks were to be exhibited as ‘Making our Mark’ in Oriel Davies in January-February 2017.

Making our Mark | Criw Celf | 2016 from Oriel Davies on Vimeo.

The aim of the collaborative workshop is to encourage collaboration, inventiveness, risk-taking and creativity, with other desirable outcomes being that working collaboratively will lead to making friends, an increase in confidence and unexpected creative results.

During August 2017 ‘Making our Mark’ was also exhibited at Rawffest – the Youth Arts Festival, at Venue Cymru in Llandudno. This was a great opportunity for us to celebrate the success and creativity of Criw Celf Oriel Davies at a national level.


Exhibition Visits – The New Art Gallery Walsall
In October 2016, 29 Criw Celf participants travelled with us by coach to the New Art Gallery Walsall, which is about an hour and a half from Oriel Davies (where most of our Criw Celf events take place.) This was an amazing opportunity to visit a large-scale art gallery in an urban environment, and to see world class exhibitions by artists such as Eva Rothschild and inspiring exhibits from the Garman Ryan Collection. We spent a few hours at the gallery looking around and drawing, then we attended a fascinating gallery talk by the young artist Oliver Jones whose incredible chalk drawing was created specifically for exhibition on the top floor of the gallery.


Chester University Fine Art Department Tasters
Our annual visit to Chester University’s Fine Art Department has become a day we really look forward to. The Department provides a day of taster activities which includes an opportunity to make a cast aluminium sculpture. This is done in various ways but most recently participants carved into ‘Thermolyte’ building blocks and then poured molten aluminium into the recess. Each young person came away with their own unique sculpture along with prints made in the printing workshop and drawings made under the tuition of the Head of Fine Art. Our collaboration with the University gives an insight into what universities have to offer and an opportunity to work in specialist media, with experts and equipment that make this an exceptional day for Criw Celf’s young participants.


How to apply to take part in Criw Celf Oriel Davies:

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 24 spaces in Criw Celf Oriel Davies. If you are successful a fee of £35 is payable and this includes all activities and events including art materials and trips. There are usually around 6 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 Bethan Page 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 desk@orieldavies.org or phone 01686 625 041 and ask for Bethan Page’s contact details.

Alternatively, please speak to your Art Teacher at Secondary School, and ask to be nominated for Criw Celf Oriel Davies.

Application Form

Criw Celf ODG Info & application form 2018