Wrexham arts hub

You’ll likely already be aware of events on Dydd Llawn Pawb (Everybody’s Monday), which will see the resurrection of a Wrexham Bank Holiday tradition for the opening of Tŷ Pawb.

The £4.5million centre, funded jointly by Wrexham Council and the Arts Council of Wales, will bring a new element to the offering in Wrexham Town Centre, bringing together arts and cultural exhibitions with the town’s traditional markets.

Plenty of entertainment is due on Dydd Llun Pawb, which will mark the opening of the new arts, markets and communities facility.

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But we’ve already started looking beyond the opening day.

A whole programme of exhibitions for the first year of Tŷ Pawb has already been booked, with upcoming displays and features including:

  • Wal Pawb – a large-scale arts installation by artist Katie Cuddon
  • Dydd Llun Pawb itself, and a follow-up exhibition showing its success
  • “Is This Planet Earth?” – a group exhibition looking at the future of our planet from an environmental viewpoint, brought together by independent curator Angela Kingston
  • The return of the ever popular Wrexham Open, where submissions of artworks are welcomed from anybody, regardless of age or background
  • Shiftwork – an exhibtition of work by artists from the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) community
  • Three touring exhibitions including high profile displays from the Craft Council and Arts Council Collection. The famous and popular figures featuring in these exhibitions will be announced very soon.
  • “Weaving Communities” (working title) will be a living display in the lead up to and during the Craft Council exhibition

The gallery will also be open to exhibition spaces known as “baggy spaces” – during the times between fixed displays and exhibitions, parts of the gallery will be open to community groups or stakelholders to display their own work.

Cllr Mark Pritchard, Leader of Wrexham Council, said: “No small amount of interest has been generated in what Tŷ Pawb will bring to Wrexham, and people are already looking forward to Dydd Llun Pawb.

“But while we know that the opening and early days of this new facility will be of interest to the public, events and exhibitions are already in place well into Tŷ Pawb’s first year.

“Further details on these individual exhibitions will be announced as dates grow nearer.”

Events will continue to be held at Oriel Wrecsam and in the South Arcade of the Peoples Market building during work on Tŷ Pawb, with free activities for children every Saturday including face painting and crafts.

Life drawing classes are also held at Oriel Wrecsam every Thursday evening, and – working in collaboration with the Café in the Corner and TWIG – free workshops with lunch on Tuesday afternoons.

Musician and storyteller Jacqui Bloor also runs a series of Piccolo’s Music drop-in workshops at Oriel Wrexham from 10am until noon every Monday and Friday, for babies and toddlers up to the age of five.

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