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 -


Applications are now open!

Applications are now open for any creative individual to submit their ideas for the following canvases. There are 3 canvases located around the town with specific themes for each canvas that has been driven by the memories and stories of the community.

The possibilities and creative ideas are endless for the following locations. Whatever your field and expertise, let your creativity and imagination be the driving force for these canvases...we look forward to hearing your ideas!

  • Closing date for applications - 18th October 2023
  • Interviews: 24th/25th October
  • Project Duration: November – March 2024
  • Application format:
    1. PDF - to include a 'mood board' of your ideas and vision
    2. A rough idea of the expenditure
    3. Any examples of your previous work
    4. CV/short bio

Email with your application.

CANFAS 1 - Stryd Llyn

  • Location: Path, pavement and general space
  • Theme: Memories and Stories of the hustle and bustle of the commercial street / Llyn Cadnant and the new Water System in the 1860s
  • Characteristics: Consider various materials, (such as recycled materials, natural and / or textiles
  • 25 days work (7.5 hours) @ £250
  • Up to £12,000 of budget to create the work
  • There will be some opportunity to develop ideas together with the community/groups

CANFAS 2 - Pen Dist / Clwt y Mawn (Turf Square)

  • Location: Pen Dist / Clwt y Mawn + peripheral structures
  • Theme: The Influence of the Port on the town's language, story and community / Greenery (location used to be central to the sale of Peat)
  • Features: Consider multi-media styles, use of natural resources and materials, Eco friendly and/or environmental settings, and partnership and sustainability opportunities
  • 25 days work (7.5 hours) @ £250
  • Between £5,000 - £10,000 budget to create the work
  • There will be some opportunity to develop ideas together with the community/groups

CANFAS 3 - Tan y bont

  • Location: Mill Street and surrounding area
  • Theme: Music of the past, present and future recognizing the legacy of Clwb Tanybont and its contribution to the Welsh Rock Scene.
  • Characteristics: Consider elements such as Sound, experience and mood, collaboration, wider progression through the town, temporary intervention with a permanent element.
  • 25 days work (7.5 hours) @ £250
  • Up to £10,000 of budget to create the work
  • There will be some opportunity to develop ideas together with the community/groups