Laura Thomas
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Criw Celf workshop for Peak

At the end of July I was delighted to be returning to Crickhowell to deliver another Criw Celf workshop at Peak. Over the course of this one-day masterclass with 16 young people, I firstly discussed my professional practice, before then teaching my popular ‘Weaving on Found Objects’ workshop. The students were incredibly creative and truly embraced the process. I think the resulting work is outstanding.

Criw Celf is a programme funded by the Arts Wales Council and delivered through various galleries and organisations across Wales. To quote ACW:

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 and designers to spend time with their peers and with professionals working in the sector to develop their talent.

Criw Celf focuses on young people who have been identified with school teachers as having a particular potential or talent in the visual and applied arts. The programme introduces them to a rich and varied menu of artistic genres (e.g. painting, sculpture, ceramics, glasswork, 3D work, printing, film/video, photography and jewellery-making) and opens their eyes to the breadth of career possibilities that Art & Design can lead to.