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Criw Celf

Criw Celf

Criw Celf aims to provide workshops and master classes in the visual and applied arts for children and young people who have demonstrated a particular talent or potential in art.

Evaluation guide and toolkit

This Criw Celf Evaluation Guide and Toolkit sets out a structured approach to monitoring and evaluating Criw Celf programmes across Wales.

Download: Criw Celf Evaluation guide and toolkit

What is Criw Celf?

Criw Celf provides children and young people with an opportunity to develop their artistic skills working outside of a school setting alongside professional artists in a variety of different gallery and site-specific settings. In the same way that an orchestra or choir provides an opportunity for young musicians to join together to perform, Criw Celf offers an opportunity for aspiring young visual artists to spend time with their peers and professional artists developing their talent.

Criw CelfCriw Celf introduces the young people to a rich and varied menu of artistic genres (eg painting, sculpture, ceramics, glasswork, 3D work, printing, jewellery-making) and opens their eyes to the breadth of career possibilities that art can lead to. It includes occasional trips to galleries and special events. Each young person is given an art pack containing a range of quality art materials which they can use at home in between sessions. There are opportunities for the young people’s creative work to be exhibited in professional settings.

Models of the programme vary but all share a common goal to develop young talent through working with professional artists. Across Wales, Criw Celf currently provides opportunities for artistic potential to be nurtured from primary age right up to A level.

Originally conceived by Gwynedd County Council as a pilot project to develop and nurture young talent in the visual arts, Criw Celf has grown significantly since its inception. It is now being delivered across all local authorities in North Wales as well as in Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot and Powys and from 2014, new pilots have been launched in Cardiff and Torfaen.

The main objectives of Criw Celf are to:
  • Identify and nurture young talent and potential in the visual and applied arts and provide regular opportunities for them to meet and work with their peers
  • Link effectively with the More Able & Talented (MAT) Agenda in schools, complementing and supporting the work of Art & Design teachers in schools
  • Further the Developing Young Talent priority within the Arts Council of Wales’ Young Creators strategy
  • Ensure that talented young artists from disadvantaged backgrounds get the practical support they need to participate fully in this programme
  • Provide exceptional, high quality opportunities for young people in Wales to work alongside professional artists in a range of artistic media outside of the school setting
  • Proactively develop skills and track each young person’s progress in the visual and applied arts
  • Provide practical information and advice for aspiring young artists on the range of careers available in the creative industries
  • Raise the profile of young people’s work, providing opportunities for Criw Celf participants to exhibit their work in professional gallery spaces as well as online
  • Develop exemplary partnership working between partner local authorities, galleries and arts organisations sharing best practice nationally
  • Constantly evaluate the impact of the programme on the young participants, their schools and families, the delivery partners and the MAT agenda in Wales

Criw Celf in you area

For information on the Criw Celf opportunities in your area please click on the links below;

North Wales

– Gwynedd, Flintshire, Conwy, Wrexham, Denbighshire, Ynys Mon

Ruthin Craft Centre, Raising the Bar blog:

Ruthin Craft Centre, Portfolio

South Powys

– in partnership with Peak (formerly Arts Alive Wales)

North Powys

- in partnerhsip with Oriel Davies


Mission Gallery Raising the Bar blog:


– in partnership with Llantarnam Grange


– in partnership with Arts Active

Neath Port Talbot

Logos for Criw Celf Grant Recipients

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Criw Celf logos

Criw Celf logos

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