Nestled in the corner of the Butcher’s Market in the town centre, you’ll find the the Wrexham Independent Gallery (tWIG).
It’s run entirely by volunteers, and its aim is to showcase and promote local creative and artistic talent.
tWIG gives local artists a place to display and sell their work, for first-time amateurs and longstanding professionals alike. And it also offers a range of classes for those who are looking to brush up on their brushwork or get sharp with their carving.
It’s also an excellent place in the town centre to find unique, handmade gifts which can’t be found anywhere else.
When it first opened in Wrexham over a year ago early indications were that there would be a lot of support from volunteers wanting to help to artists who needed to sell their goods.
But in recent weeks the gallery has announced that it may have to close, due to dwindling financial support – so it is appealing for more volunteers and local talent to come forward and offer their help to ensure it stays open and continues to offer a space for artisans and crafters.
It currently has a range of paintings that are produced by local artists and are reasonably priced.
One recent customer, stuck for a present for her 40 year old son took a look inside and was delighted with a hand painted abstract for £40.
“My son was delighted with it” she said “It was unique and local and he really appreciated the thought that I’d put into buying it”
Other items in the shop include books and a very fine range of hand made earrings – certainly worth a look for that present that’s a little different.
Keith Evans, Founding trustee, said; “We have put a lot of effort into this but the support we initially had has faded until now we struggle to source creative and artistic items to sell and also for volunteers to help run the gallery. Most importantly we need friends to contribute financially to its running costs and of course customers to drop in and take a look at what they can buy.”
So, if you are looking for somewhere to sell your product, be it a wall painting, handmade jewellery, items of upcycled goods, arts or crafts of any description, tWIG is well-placed to help.
And if you have a few hours to spare each week to help out in the gallery, or have other skills that can be used, the trustees would love to hear from you.
You can contact them direct on or take a look at their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/twigwxm/
You can also contribute financially to this by going their funding page https://localgiving.org/charity/thewrexhamindependentgallery/</a
You can also contribute financially to this by going their funding page https://localgiving.org/charity/thewrexhamindependentgallery/