News from Celf o Gwmpas

After more than 11 years Kayte Phillips our chief executive is moving on.

Kayte joined Celf in 2006 as finance officer before beingappointed chief executive in 2016.

She has helped to guide Celf o Gwmpas through both positive and challenging times which are faced by a small arts charity. Through Kayte’s hard work Celf is now in a stronger position to face the years ahead

Kayte will be sorely missed by everyone involved with Celf o Gwmpas and we wish her lots of luck with her new venture in Portugal.

Artist in Residence Exhibition Preview

We would like to thank everyone who attended and contributed to our very succesfull pudding prosecco and preview evening.

The evening marked the opening of our Artists in Residence exhibition which runs until 5th April 2018.
Work on display is by Lou Lockwood, Dawn Mcintyre, Jack Mclafferty and Jo Munton who all had month long residencies at Celf o Gwmpas.
We were also treated to performances by Celf o Gwmpas’ own ‘Etcetera’ and Stephanie Finegan, a rap artist from Bangor.

The four residencies in partnership with Disability Arts Cymru are funded by the Arts Council of Wales and provided a unique experience for Disabled Artists living in Wales to develop their artistic practice.

Scott Berry International Digital Residency

We are excited to have started an International cultural exchange between
Celf o Gwmpas, Canadian artist Scott Berry and the Nina Haggerty Centre, in Edmonton, Canada.

We are jointly hosting a unique “digital residency” to share artistic practice among learning disabled artists.

During March and April, Celf o Gwmpas artists Geraint Edwards and Annie Levy will be working with learning disabled artists at Centre Celf, to devise and exhibit new work inspired by artist Scott Berry.

There will also be an exchange of video blogs between the Nina Haggerty Centre and Celf o Gwmpas. These blogs will Introduce and showcase the participatory art work taking place at both centres and share the working practice of Scott Berry and other artists at the Nina Haggerty Centre, with learning disabled artists at Celf o Gwmpas.

Collaboration on works of art will take place via post, between artists in the UK & Canada and exhibitions will be held at both centres, featuring the collaborative works.

We’ll keep you posted with links to the video blogs so you can check the progress!

X marks the spot

This month we have an Art Hunt at Celf o Gwmpas.
One of our artists has donated a beautiful piece of art to help raise funds to support the work we do at Centre Celf.
We are asking people to buy a square (or more!) @ only £2 a square, and whoever gets the right square, chosen by the artist, wins the painting.

So pop in, choose your square and fill in your name and contact details.
The winner will be announced once all the squares are sold.

2018 Evening Classes

The first of our 2018 evening classes will be starting soon

Willow Garden Structures

with Nicola Luxton
11 April – 16 May 2018

This course can only run on a minimum number basis, so
all classes must be booked and paid for in advance.

For further information or to book a place please contact us 01597 822777
or [email protected]


Our Creative Space Programme is for people living with Dementia and their carers.

Watercolour painting with artist Terri Sweeney

Dates: 21 March, 4, 18 April, 2018

Time: 10.30 – 12.00 noon
Cost: £3.50

Our Create and Inspire Programme is for learning disabled adults and their carers.

Magic Doors with artist Jane Titley

Dates: 10, 17, 24 April, 1, 8, 15 May 2018

Time: 11.00 – 1.00pm
Cost: £3.50 (carers free)




Clinical Psychology Fringe Festival

On Thursday 18 January 2018 Celf o Gwmpas ‘Etcetera’ conducted by Rosie McConnell went to Cardiff for the Clinical Psychology Fringe Festival.

A performance piece, stemming from experiences of mental ill health ‘Etcetera’ which sits on the edge of a comfort zone provided the audience with a bizzare, unusual and entertaining experience. The performance was very well received.
It was an informative day for everyone from Celf o Gwmpas and we were very happy to be invited to perform.

Get Creative

Would you like to promote a class or creative activity that you’re leading or involved with between 17th and 25th March?


Get Creative Festival is an annual event celebrating the creative activity that is going on in our communities all the time.  During the festival,  free,  or minimal cost creative activities are put on right across the UK to encourage people to ‘have a go’

The Get Creative Festival is encouraging creative groups / workshop leaders to offer free or minimal cost taster sessions to new participants next week.  It’s fine to list a regular class, just as long as you can offer next week’s session as a free or minimal cost ‘taster’ session.

If you would like to be part of the festival, all you need to do is list your event on the website. 

And if you would like to try a new creative activity visit the website to see what’s on offer near you!

To list your event visit:

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Oriel Wrecsam

Meet the Print Maker

 Tara Dean with Andrew & James Story (Swondonkey)

8/11/2017       Free



Booking essential, to book:
[email protected] 
01978 292093

Oriel Wrecsam in partnership with the Regional Print Centre

Join us for an evening of discussion and demonstrations with artists’ Tara Dean and Print Making duo Swondonkey, AKA James and Andrew Story
This thought-provoking discussion will highlight the practice unique to each artist. You will have the opportunity to learn the techniques, to hear more about their practice and to own your very own print *
10% discount on all prints for attendees during the evening
*Selection of prints available on CollectorPlan


The Turtle Trials  and the free children’s workshops and sharings they are running in Bethesda, Holyhead and Wrexham (suitable for ages 4-11).   

The Turtle Trials*/Treialon Crwban y Mor is a research and development project. The workshops are free, fun and interactive, inspired by the Dr Seuss story, Yertle The Turtle.  In the workshops children from ages 4 to 11 can have fun exploring the story of Yertle The Turtle, the life of turtles and tortoises and the conservation efforts surrounding their current status as an endangered species through sign language /theatre, story telling, dance, music and scent! (This is a Research & Development project supported by Arts Council Wales).


About Signdance The Signdance Collective (SDC) is a touring performance company, established in 2001. The company is culturally diverse with a team of experienced deaf and disabled artists at the helm. Their work is in demand both in the UK and abroad.  They perform for more than 25 weeks and 100 shows per year across the UK, Europe, India and the USA.

UN DEG UN Wrexham 

Saturday         15th October    12.00pm – 3.00pm
Tuesday          17th October    4.00pm   -6.00pm  
Wednesday     18th October    4.00pm   – 6.00pm
Wednesday     25th October    4.00pm   – 6.00pm (sharing of work)
Thursday         26th October   12.30pm – 2.30pm
Friday              27th  October  12.30pm -2.30pm
Saturday         28th. October    2.00pm   -4.00pm (sharing of work)
These workshops are free and open to everyone to attend (Booking is advised –[email protected])




Art Masterclasses for artists and creative

Wednesday 25 October 2017
The Carriage Works, Denbigh
£13.87 – £27.14



Two master classes will run simultaneously (at the same venue) so allowing participants in each session to interact and network during the breaks as well as observe what each is doing.

You can select one of the masterclasses either SAORImôr weaving or stained glass.

To book and more information:


Centre Celf o Gwmpas

Workshops with writer and artist Helen Ivory

4-7 September 2017  £3.50 per session (Booking preferred)

A series of  workshops giving disabled artists a safe space to map a personal walking journey through Powys.

The workshops will focus on gathering materials through group discussions and activities, to encourage them to keep journals or sketchbooks and produce a series of poems and word image collages.  The workshops will culminate in an Exhibition and Live Reading taking place on 6 September 2017

Monday September 4th:      1 – 3pm

Tuesday September 5th – 12pm   and 1-3pm

Wednesday September 6th – 12pm   and 1-3pm

Thursday September 7th – 12pm

Celf O Gwmpas, Centre Celf, Tremont Road, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5EB

For more information contact 01597 822777; 

 [email protected]


Over Thirty – Oriel Lliw Gallery Pontardawe

An exhibition of contemporary art quilts by Bethan Ash

11 August – 18 September 2017


Oriel Lliw Gallery is proud to present a selection of art quilts and collage by renown quilt artist, Bethan Ash. Bethan has been making art quilts for a very long time – for over thirty years and this is referred to in the title of her exhibition.

Bethan will also be giving a workshop at the gallery, during the Pontardawe Festival Weekend. 19 August 2017.

This exhibition is an Arts in the Tawe Valley artist event


Oriel Lliw Gallery

Pontardawe Arts Centre

Herbert Street, Pontardawe SA8 4ED

Tel : 01792 863777

for more info click on :



Monday – Friday. 1pm –7pm

Entry is free

Oriel Wrecsam




with Rhys Trimble, poet/performer and Rhi Moxon, designer/printer


Saturday & Sunday 3 & 4 June 12.00 – 17.00

Rhys Trimble, poet and performer, invites you to join him at Oriel Wrecsam for a weekend of creative exploration . Work with him to record the spirit of place using poetry and constraints.


Saturday 17 June 10.00 – 16.00

Rhi Moxon will lead a day long workshop at Oriel Wrecsam focussing on screen printing and pamphlet making.


Places on all workshops are FREE but numbers are limited so please book your place early with Oriel Wrecsam on 01978 292093 or email [email protected]

Vision 21

Fun, creative activities on offer for young people over the summer holidays.

vision 21 workshopsThe Vision 21 Creative Choices project provides a wide variety of fun, creative activities for young people age 14 to 18 with learning needs over the summer holidays from the 21st July to the 26th August. Workshops are all funded by Children in Need and are free to attend.

The workshops are based in the Sbectrwm Centre in Fairwater, but also includes some outings and outreach activities. Workshops range from photography, to working with clay, mosaic, drama, print, collage, fabric, art, music and more.

The workshops are led by professional artists and are well supervised. They provide an opportunity to try new activities and to make new friends, over the summer holidays.

If you know of someone who might benefit, please get in touch with:

[email protected]
Tel: 02920 621194.