This weekend sees the opening of North East Wales leading open art exhibition, the Wrexham Open – and we’re planning to open it in style!

If your not familiar with Wrexham’s thriving arts scene then this will be the perfect chance to come and see what it’s all about!

Over the last few months, hundreds of amateur and professional artists from the local area and as far afield as Rotterdam and Berlin have been submitting and sending artworks in, ready to be put on display at Tŷ Pawb and Undegun – the two venues that will be co-hosting the exhibition.

The result is a staggeringly diverse collection of works which incorporate all sorts of styles and colours and textures. This needs to be seen to be believed!


A grand opening

The exhibition will open to the public on Friday October 10 at 4.30pm at a free opening event.

The event will take place across both venues and will feature an LED lantern lit walk from Tŷ Pawb to Undegun.

There’s a range of prizes to be awarded on the night, including the Judges Prize of £1,000; a £1,000 prize for Socially Engaged Practice; the Lens-Based Media prize of £500; the Young Person’s Prize of £500 and the People’s Prize of £250.

Entries will be judged by Thomas Dukes, curator of Open Eye Gallery at Liverpool; Rabab Gazoul, founding co-director of Gentle/Radical, Cardiff; and Simon Job, winner of the 2017 Wrexham Open.

The plan for the night

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4.30pm Meet & greet, refreshments. LED lantern making (open to all ages)
5.30pm Welcome speeches
6.45pm Lantern walk from Tŷ Pawb to Undegun

7.00pm – Drop-in badge making, ‘alternative open’
7.30pm – Prize announcements
8.00pm – After party;

“A showcase of talent”

If you can’t make the opening event, don’t worry, the exhibition will be on right up until December 16 and is free to view so you’ll have plenty of chances to come and have a look.

There will also be all sorts of events, workshops and activities for all ages taking place while the exhibition is running. Keep an eye on the Tŷ Pawb website for further announcements

Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, said: “The Wrexham Open is a very popular event in Wrexham’s arts calendar, and I’m very pleased that this year’s Open will be hosted between both Tŷ Pawb and Undegun at the same time.

“The Wrexham Open provides an excellent opportunity for amateur and budding artists to pit their work against that of seasoned professionals, and it’s an excellent showcase of some of the talented artists we have here in Wrexham.”

The 2018 Wrexham Open Exhibition is hosted by Tŷ Pawb and Undegun, Wrexham, with the support of Wrexham County Borough Council, THIS Project, East Street Arts and the Arts Council of Wales.

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