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Oriel Davies Gallery
The Park, Newtown
Powys SY16 2NZ
Telephone: +44 (0) 1686 625041
Fax: +44 (0) 1686 623633
Email: desk@orieldavies.org
Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm
Free Admission

Chester University trip, 2017

Criw Celf

Criw Celf is a project for young people aged between 12 and 18 from North Powys 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. The participants come together around seven times a year to work with professional artists, to visit exhibitions and an university fine art department.

How to apply to take part in Criw Celf Oriel Davies

We are now open to applications for Criw Celf Oriel Davies's 7th year, which will begin in September 2018.  The closing date for applications is July 20th - the last day of term.

Criw Celf is a project for keen and talented young artists between 12 and 18 years of age.  It is part of a national scheme to nurture young talent in the visual Arts.  Our programme runs from September to March, avoiding key revision and exam periods. We hold up to 7 events a year, which take place on Saturdays or in school holidays. 

There are 24 places on the project for young people from North Powys.  Those who take part are expected to do their best to attend the full programme of events.  They include workshops with professional artists, exhibition and university visits and events to learn about careers in the arts.  Most of our programme takes place at Oriel Davies Newtown, and transport is provided for visits to other locations. 

A fee of £35 is payable which includes the costs of all activities, materials and visits.  Free places are available to successful applicants who are eligible for free school meals. We encourage applications from young people from all backgrounds and are an equal opportunities project.   

To make an application:  Send your application form with 3 examples of your artwork, together with a short letter* explaining what Art means to you, and what you enjoy about it the most.  For further information please contact Bethan Page, project Co-ordinator.

Contact details: e: desk@orieldavies.org Tel: 01686 625 041.

* If it's more convenient you are welcome to send a sound recording or have an informal telephone conversation with Bethan Page, the Criw Celf Co-ordinator.

Recent Criw Celf projects

Making our Mark | 14 January - 25 February 2017

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.  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.

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.

Watch the Making our Mark film here

Download: Criw Celf Publication 2017/18

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Bethan Page, Criw Celf Co-ordinator | desk@orieldavies.org | 01686 625041

Criw Celf is funded by the Arts Council of Wales and supported by Powys County Council.

Past exhibitions curated by Oriel Davies’ Young Curators

Sing on tree reading "Where would you rather be"

Lines of Desire
Young Curators 2010

28 August 2010 - 03 November 2010

An exhibition which brings together artists who explore ideas connected with journeys, maps and routes, borders, timelines, songlines, narratives and story lines. This rich and ambitious show includes drawing, photography, moving image, sound and installation by 20 national and international artists. more >

Astronaut holding Welsh flag

Extraordinary Days
Young Curators 2009

04 July 2009 - 05 September 2009

Extraordinary Days is an exhibition looking at positivity and humour in contemporary art. It has been organised by the Oriel Davies Young Curators - a group of 14 young people based in mid Wales, aged between 16 and 23: Aishah, Becca, Caitlin, Claudia, Kelly, Kirsty, Laura, Nia, Sarah, Stephanie, Sophie, Rachael, Rhian and Rhys. more >

Gallery installation detail

Me v U
Young Curators 2008

09 August 2008 - 04 October 2008

Curated by Oriel Davies Young Curators, 'ME v U' focuses on ‘conflict’. Through personal arguments, political debates, cultural differences, family struggles and internal struggles, we all face conflict on a daily basis. With newly commissioned work by Rabab Ghazoul alongside work by Andy Warhol, Paul Seawright and Richard Billingham, 'ME v U' explores what conflict means to the individual. more >