Bore da, I’m Lorelei and I’m from Cardiff. I have finished my A levels this year and will be moving to Bristol to do an art foundation for a year from September.
I discovered Criw Celf in 2013 through an art teacher in Year 8 and have continued to be a part of it ever since. When I first began, I found it comforting to have a space away from the hot climate of High School.
It is difficult to keep track of what I have done as there is so much! However, some that have been significant to me was learning how to screenprint at the Printhaus, visiting the Surveys exhibition at G39, and participating in life drawing at Llanover Hall. These are local spaces that I was previously unaware of, which have opened up avenues for further learning and exploration. In addition, I discovered arts spaces within the Cardiff arts community (Tactile Bosch, Arcade Campfa, WAAW, Gentileza, Cardiff MADE, SHIFT, Su11), these spaces have inevitably made me feel more comfortable and confident in being a young creative, in ways which were not possible in a classroom or at home.
Last year, Thomas Goddard invited a small group of Criw Celf members to envision and coordinate a “behind the scenes” video piece of the developing Cymru yn Fenis project. Being able to see Sean Edwards’ developing work in Cardiff was an exhilarating experience. I remember thinking how wild it was to be in a space of many secret happenings, it was a real privilege.
My practice is ever changing. Before lockdown I was finishing up a sculpture / ceramics-based project for my A level coursework, the works were texture-based and were around replicating and distorting aspects of local nature.
During lockdown, my work has significantly shifted. In preparation for my art foundation, I have been developing a combination of audio pieces such as sampled birdsong, guitar loops and radio broadcasting. In addition, I have been collecting objects from walks and my household, and documenting them through film photography, video and drawings.
If I hadn’t found Criw Celf, I feel that I wouldn’t have an as in-depth sense of the contemporary welsh arts scene, or have the knowledge of different creative practices (be it on a professional level or on a learning level). Moreover, I wouldn’t have met one of my closest friends!
Criw Celf is a wonderful scheme that I am so grateful to have been involved in, it is completely free for young people to be a part of and offers so much for so little.
Diolch Criw Celf!