Canfas is a new project developed and led by Galeri Caernarfon Cyf. The concept of the project is to give the whole community an innovative opportunity to record its unique identity in the spaces and fabric of the town's own construction and an opportunity to hear voices that have not been heard before.

Our history has been told by others and this is an opportunity to convey how we see ourselves in a very visible way. Not just looking back at the past but being confident in an inclusive and innovative identity when imagining the future. There is an opportunity to offer a number of different types of interventions that touch on:

This is a project that wants to improve the appearance and raise the environmental quality of the town and introduce light, greenery and nature to bleak spaces.

The project is one that includes empty spaces throughout the town - not just the town centre but also the communities outside the town centre which include a number of housing estates.

The project links regeneration with the arts; the town centre with the housing estates; freelance artists with the community and identity with the environment.

Two pilot projects are currently being delivered (with thanks to Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig and ADRA for their support):

Bro Seiont, Caernarfon in partnership with ADRA

Bro Seiont, Caernarfon in partnership with ADRA

Ellen Edwards Murial

Ellen Edwards Murial in partnership with Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig and with thanks to Cyngor Gwynedd for allowing the murial to be placed on the Victoria Dock car park

Our aim is to further develop Canfas over the months and years – providing opportunities for the community and creative practitioners to be central in transforming Caernarfon’s forgotten spaces into colourful, interseting and inspirational areas and instil community pride.


On the side of the Gwynedd Council car park in Caernarfon, something new has appeared to bring colour and interest to the grey concrete wall we all know. 'Gorwelion a Gobaith’ (Horizons and Hope) is the name of the new large artwork created by the artist Teresa Jenellen.

The work is inspired by Ellen Edwards, but this is not a portrait of Ellen; rather, a portrait of a girl with purpose and hope, looking towards the horizon and beyond - towards things that are yet to come, things that are possible in the future...

To learn more about Ellen Edwards, head over to -


This is an open call for anyone who loves to work creatively and wants a unique opportunity to showcase and put your talent into good use.

We want to hear from you if you are a creative person or an artist from North West Wales to be part of this exciting project called CANFAS between the months of November - March 2024.

Have you got a creative mind and plenty of imagination?

Keen to respond to the voices and stories of the community?

With enthusiasm, the desire and the ideas to add colour to the streets of Caernarfon?

A musician, designer, craftsman, writer, theatre maker or visual artist?

If you're nodding while reading this, contact before 21st September to express your interest and for further information. We look forward to hearing from you!