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Criw Celf visit

Criw Celf is a project for young people aged 12 to 18 who have been identified as being able and talented in the visual arts. Managed by Oriel Davies, Newtown, Criw Celf North Powys 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, artists’ studios and university Fine Art departments. The programme is supported by Powys County Council and Arts Council of Wales.

This was the fifth annual visit of the group to the Fine Art programme within the Department of Art and Design at the University. After an introductory session, the group of 28 young artists from schools across Powys spent the day making experimental sculptures with Dr Jeremy Turner, Fine Art Programme Leader and Deputy Head of Art and Design. The workshop took place at the Creative Campus Kingsway and is part of a range of collaborative partnerships and outreach activities within the Department of Art and Design.

Kate Morgan-Clare, Creative Producer at Oriel Davies Gallery said the group had all enjoyed the visit. She said: “They all got so much from it in terms of the opportunity to be experimental in their thinking and having freedom to pursue ideas. We’ve had tremendously good feedback from them. 

“As an artist I was really impressed with the ideas communicated to such a wide age range which was reflected in the quality of responses. I came away feeling very inspired and heartened that Criw Celf is providing incredible experiences.”

Dr Jeremy Turner added: “We are always excited to see new artistic talent coming through and help them to develop their skills as well as welcome them to the University’s Art and Design Department.”

 

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