Opening & Panel Discussion: Crossed Paths | Miranda Whall

Crossed Paths | Miranda Whall
*Launch event: Panel Discussion | 4 - 5.30pm
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Poetry Writing 2 | Lara Clough

10 Sessions | Wednesdays 11 April – 13 June 2018 | 10.15am – 12.30pm Tiwtor: Lara ... more >

Saturday Life Drawing Classes with Paul Webster

These fun, tutored sessions encourage individual strengths whilst exploring different aspects of drawing the human figure. The sessions are designed to ... more >

Oriel Davies Gallery
The Park, Newtown
Powys SY16 2NZ
Telephone: +44 (0) 1686 625041
Fax: +44 (0) 1686 623633
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.

Download: Criw Celf Publication 2017/18

How to apply to take part in Criw Celf Oriel Davies

The Criw Celf programme runs from October to March every year (avoiding key revision and exam times). Events take place on Saturdays or during school holidays.

To make an application, talented and enthusiastic young artists will need to submit an application form to send in with images of their artwork.  Applications can be made between June and September 2018.  Please contact us for further details.

There are 24 spaces in Criw Celf Oriel Davies.  If you are successful a fee of £35 is payable and this includes all activities and events including art materials and trips.  

N.B. Places for free school meal recipients are free.  We welcome talented young artists aged 12-18 from all backgrounds.

For more details or for an application form please contact:
Bethan Page, Criw Celf Co-ordinator | | 01686 625041
Alternatively, please speak to your Art Teacher at Secondary School, and ask to be nominated for Criw Celf Oriel Davies.

For more details or for an application form please contact:
Bethan Page, Criw Celf Co-ordinator | | 01686 625041
Alternatively, please speak to your Art Teacher at Secondary School, and ask to be nominated for Criw Celf Oriel Davies.

Criw Celf Programme of Activities 2017-18

Experiencing being 'Artists in Residence' with Artist Simon Fenoulhet | 28th & 30th October / 31st October & 1st November
Criw Celf's talented young artists will work alongside Artist in Residence Simon Fenoulhet at Oriel Davies to experience what it's like to be an 'artist in residence' themselves, while creating artworks using lights, motors and electronics with expert guidance from the artist.

Trip to The New Art Gallery Walsall | Saturday 18th November
The Criw Celf annual trip to the New Art Gallery Walsall is always very popular with participants - the four storey city-centre building has plenty to see including new exhibitions as well as the amazing Garman Ryan Collection.

Christmas Party and Visual Arts Careers Talks | Saturday 16th December
An opportunity to learn about the different ways in which artists live and work in the 21st Century, involving short Powerpoint talks by people who work in the visual arts. A Christmas Buffet will be provided and there will be time to have a look around the gallery and shop.

January 18th and 27th 2018: Masterclasses with Artist Christine Mills - Exploring concepts and emotions through drawing and making.

3rd March 2018: Trip to Chester University's Fine Arts Department involving 3 taster workshops.

7th March 2018: Criw Celf and Oriel Davies will be at the Criw Celf Careers Fair at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells. This is an event for pupils from school years 9,10 and 12 and is an opportunity to come and find out more about Criw Celf.

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

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Bethan Page, Criw Celf Co-ordinator | | 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 >