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Look out for the blue symbol throughout our website — where events and opportunities have been identified as ideal for inspiring you as you complete your Arts Award.

Cadw sites have inspired many artists including Turner, Richard Wilson, Kyffin Williams and Wordsworth, to name but a few. Each of Cadw’s  properties in care have their own story. Through the centuries our historic sites have provided artists with inspiration and spaces to perform. Their very creation involving artists and crafts people from many different practices. Their very fabric is an art form. And to this day they provide spaces for artist to explore, enjoy and create. Where will you go to get creative?

Today, as an Arts Award supporter, Cadw sites offer you places to enjoy creative experiences and make your own interpretations through artistic expression. Be inspired by the work of architects, masons, carvers, painters and storytellers. Enjoy music and performances at the sites. Come and create poetry, paint and draw, take photos or create digital story-worlds. We invite you to visit us, learn about our sites and develop your own art. We look forward to seeing you and hearing about your heritage inspired work.

Need more ideas and inspiration to start you off?

  • download the Pyka_Lens app from i-store and get arty at a Cadw site today! What can you hear? What can you feel? What can you imagine? The creative digital tool focuses on these multi-sensory layers, giving you a rich and meaningful engagement and maximising your use of your senses. There’s more to our sites than what you may first notice. The app encourages you to explore our historic sites more deeply and to create unique pieces of digital art in the process. The App has been designed to be Arts Award friendly too! Are you the next Turner?
  • create your own replica castle in Lego, just Pack your Imagination
  • get ready for a time travel adventure, download our Comics and Colouring Sheets
  • enjoy and be inspired at Cadw events
  • for news on events and opportunities why not follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or download the Cadw App.

Please remember our sites are historic monuments, protected by law. Enjoy them do, but leave them as you find them for others to enjoy too, and to be as inspired by as you. Don’t commit Heritage Crime.

Pupils from Babanod Mochdre and Ysgol Cystennin schools visited Conwy castle (152 pupils aged 4-11) to take part in activities on site and develop an understanding of the castle and its context in Welsh history as well as to familiarise themselves with staff. They took part in drawing activities to inform their logo competition. Both schools have taken part in a tapestry twinning project, creating a medieval tapestry for the castle and a contemporary twin for the school with textile artist Cefyn Burgess. Could you stitch a project together?


Shakespeare Week is a national annual celebration of Shakespeare, coordinated by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. This week provides the tools for schools, home educators, families and cultural organisations to offer children across the UK enriching and enjoyable early experiences with Shakespeare. Cadw’s lifelong learning team celebrated Shakespeare Week ’19, by commissioning a team to work with primary schools; walking, talking and taking the journey through the tales and battles of Shakespeare. Maybe you could be a bit of a Bard?

Led by professional Writer / Director Janys Chambers who engaged pupils in exploring the Shakespeare text of 'Macbeth' in untangling the language to reflect the language of today. A one-day workshop culminated in an informal sharing at the end of the day. Young people also worked with a professional combat artist to re-enact the battles using language and physical imagery, led by professional Knight Tom Conwy and using professional weaponry, Tom demonstrated the skills of a sword man and created a mini mock battle to share with pupils and parents at the end of the school day. Can you cross words and swords?

Head to Caerphilly Castle for an unforgettable day of myths, legends and magic.  It took a team of 11 students from the University of South Wales's computer animation course three months to create amazing footage which was made through 3D programming technology. The students designed and completed the dragon's entire body entire body (even its skeleton!) before setting it against the backdrop of four iconic Welsh castles.

Get your poetic juices flowing be inspired by our Artist in Residence project. The project delivered artist-led creative activity for young people using local heritage sites as a stimulus. In total the project took place across five sites, and worked with 64 young people aged 14+ with writers Sophie McKeand and Clare potter and drama practitioner Llinos Jones. The residencies developed from a one day residency for more able and talented writers, to two day residencies with a wider range of participants, the last being the Dinefwr residency, captured in the video. The outputs and engagement experiences from each session varied depending on artist and engaged group, but the experiences and works created were rich and amazin

Cadw’s lifelong learning team commissioned a musical called ‘The Mighty Quill’, as part of a Pan Wales school response to Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundations Heritage Angels Wales Awards. It was performed at the awards ceremony in Caerphilly Castle by students of Deeside College and Denbigh High School., and is currently being developed as an online learning resource about Gerald of Wales’s Travels, which will launch at the national Eisteddfod this coming August. The Welsh version of the production has been performed and televised and successfully took 3rd place at the Urdd Eisteddfod on Saturday 1st June, under direction of the composer, Eisteddfod 2018 Gold Medallist Tim Heeley.  Maybe you could perform the Mighty Quill, or maybe develop your own historical musical?

Cadwraeth Cymru is our own in-house conservation team that provides specialist services to exacting standards across Wales. Our work is sometimes supplemented by specialist external heritage contractors. Watch how they carve the stones here – can you make building inspired carvings or ceramics perhaps?

Arts Award

To maximise our new art based offer, through Pyka Lens app, which has been designed to align with Arts Award, an accreditation that has been promoted by Fusion, Cadw has become an Arts Award supporter . Arts Award supporters are arts and cultural organisations who offer events, activities and opportunities which help young people achieve their Arts Award. Those working with young people – schools, scouts, home educators and others, can use Arts Award to enrich the arts experiences they offer or to support young people who want to explore arts interests outside their expertise. You will though need to work with an Arts Award trained assessor to achieve the award.

As an Arts Awards supporter we feature on the Arts Award supporter site and appear on the supporter map enabling those looking for Art Award Friendly opportunities near them to find us and our offering. We may also promote specific opportunities on Arts Award voice, an online youth magazine. It not all about using Pyka app at sites, our places are just great spaces that have been built by, written about, played at and painted by a variety or artists. We also have many other offerings that give access to potential arts award participants – such as our education and community offers, and relevant events and concerts.