Peak is an arts organisation based in the Black Mountains that works creatively with professional artists and communities, responding to the rural environment.  Our mission is to enrich the lives of people in our local rural and post-industrial communities through meaningful participation in high-quality arts and culture, accessible to all but particularly to those with least opportunity.

Our location lies within the Brecon Beacons National Park. We work across this protected landscape and the surrounding region of Mid and South-East Wales and the Welsh Borders. The organisation was established as a charity in 1992 under its original name, Arts Alive.  Peak’s artistic programme is cross art form, with a focus on the visual and applied arts, digital media and literature and creative writing.

Criw Celf South Powys 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, 13, Criw Celf participant

“It’s made a difference because I really do want to do Art as a GCSE now. I think I could see myself having a career in art”
Ceri, 11, Criw Celf participant

During 2017/18 participants took part in workshops including drawing, painting, ceramics, drone technology, sculpture, socially engaged art, land art, film and photography.

Peak delivers 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.
– 15-19yrs 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.

£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.

Each of the groups end with a celebratory event and ‘pop-up’ exhibition. Participants on our Criw Celf project have further opportunities to get involved across our artistic programme.

Peak 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.

To find out more about our Criw Celf programme or to register contact:

Rachel Dunlop
Participation Manager
t: 01873 811579