Criw Celf North Wales is looking for young people who are gifted in the arts to join an exciting specialised training programme. Criw Celf offers opportunities to develop artistic talent by working with professional artists in a variety of different galleries and inspirational locations. In the same way that an orchestra or choir provides an opportunity for young musicians to gather together to perform, Criw Celf offers an opportunity for young artists of the future to spend time with each other and with professional artists in order to develop their talent.
The programme introduces young people to a rich and varied programme of art activities (e.g. painting, sculpture, ceramics, glasswork, 3D work, printing, jewellery making) and opens their eyes to the vast career possibilities that the arts can provide. By joining, there will be an opportunity for occasional outings to galleries and special events, as well as opportunities to exhibit work in professional galleries.
We are looking for young people who have been identified as being ‘More Able and Talented’ (mat) in art at school. mat children are those who require more opportunities to enrich and stretch their natural abilities than that which is provided for the majority of pupils. The term encompasses pupils who are more gifted in all parts of the curriculum as well as those who show a particular talent in one or more fields.
Children and parents can self-nominate and/or a teacher can nominate their pupils. To those who wish to self-nominate, it is required that you discuss your application with your teacher, and ask them to sign a paper slip to confirm that your child in on the mat school register. Applications from children who are taught at home are also welcomed. You are welcomed to contact us to discuss the application process or you can watch our short video which gives advice on how to identify and support children and young people who are more able and talented in the arts – https://youtu.be/DsSao02LcFl
We are able to offer places to children in Year 5 – 9; all that is required is for them to send an example of their artwork under the title ‘My Favourite Artwork’ along with a short paragraph explaining why they wish to join Criw Celf. Please remember to label all work clearly noting down name, age, school, home address, phone number and email. Applications are invited from those living in the counties of Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham. The all-important closing date is the 8th of December, 2018.
The majority of the programme is funded by the Arts Council Wales and the local authorities of North Wales, and an annual fee of £38 is charged. A bursary fund is available for pupils in receipt of free school meals – no fee will be charged for these pupils and it will be possible to discuss a financial contribution towards travelling costs etc.
Give it a try! Criw Celf is an excellent programme to support and develop the artistic talent of children and young people as Lily and Idris of Criw Celf describes in this film – https://youtu.be/CWdQXOxig1s
For more information about Criw Celf in your area please contact the relevant representative from the contact list.