Criw Celf West

Criw Celf is an Arts Council of Wales project bringing together more able and talented students in the visual arts- with students ranging from ages 9-18. This is part of a national initiative to nurture young artistic talent in Wales. Working closely with schools, Criw Celf seeks to develop pupil’s creative practice and knowledge of the Visual and Applied arts through a series of master classes. These master classes are lead by professional artist and designers, who offer a wider investigation into visual arts practice- in addition to an insight of future possibilities regarding creative and academic courses. The outcomes are then showcased in exhibitions, films and publications that celebrate the portfolio of work created throughout the course. Students will also be invited to visit other exhibitions wider afield, in addition to artist studios, talks and university fine art departments.

Criw Celf is a national project that is coordinated in various regions across Wales. Two of these are Criw Celf West, and Criw Celf Mid which deliver the programme across the west Wales and mid Wales regions. Within these regions are galleries and cultural organizations, who work with their own network of partners to carry out the project. Criw Celf is made up of different strands for each age group; Criw Celf Primary (school years 5-6), Criw Celf Secondary (school years 7-9), Portfolio (students studying at GCSE) and Raising the Bar (students studying at AS/A Level and F/E).


Since Raising the Bar I’ve developed an understanding of what I want to pursue as a possible career, and have broadened my idea of the art world.

– Rhydian Cleaver