Can you believe it? Tŷ Pawb is five years old!
And what a five years it’s been! Since that wet, wonderful Bank Holiday Monday back in 2018, when 10,000 people came out to see us to open our doors for the first time, Tŷ Pawb has grown to become a thriving, multi-award winning markets, arts and community facility, an Art Fund Museum of the Year finalist, and a nationally recognised, pioneering example of how to reimagine a public building.
These achievements would not have been possible without the extraordinary efforts of the community of traders, artists, staff, volunteers and all the other countless groups and individuals who form part of our Tŷ Pawb family.
So, to celebrate this milestone, we’ve been delving through our short (but sizable) archives to pick out some of the best moments from our first five years. Moments that sum up what Tŷ Pawb is all about.
Summing up our story in a short space has been quite the task! A lot has happened since 2018….
- We’ve welcomed over 1,240,400 people through our doors.
- We’ve displayed 31 exhibitions, featuring over 700 artists.
- We’ve hosted over 300 performances.
- We’ve become home to over 30 traders offering a wide range of exciting products and homemade food.
- We’ve won awards, including the Gold Medal for Architecture at the Llangollen Eisteddfod, Architects Journal Retrofit of the Year & Best Cultural Building under £5m.
- In 2022, we reached the final five shortlist for Art Fund’s Museum of The Year – the biggest museum prize in the World!
‘A brilliant and brave idea’
Cllr Hugh Jones said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved with Tŷ Pawb for their contribution in creating something, unique, ground breaking and truly special in Wrexham city centre.
“Over five years, Tŷ Pawb’s distinctive cultural and commercial offer has grown and evolved into a fantastic facility, loved locally and recognised nationally and internationally as a leading example of how to reimagine an existing building into a thriving community space. It has also shown enormous resilience, innovation, and creativity to meet the challenges of a turbulent world, when required; the superb Arts At Home programme, delivered during lockdown, being a perfect example of this.”
“Throughout all of this, the team have stayed true to Tŷ Pawb’s core vision of bringing arts, markets and communities together under one roof, inspired by the belief that art can be a tool for social change.
“Tŷ Pawb has also made an invaluable contribution to Wrexham’s burgeoning cultural scene. As well as drawing national and international coverage and acclaim in its own right, it played a key role in helping us to reach the final shortlist for City of Culture in 2022.”
“Art Fund’s Museum of the Year judges described Tŷ Pawb as: ‘A brilliant and brave idea’. Everyone in Wrexham can be very proud to have this on our doorstep. We are all excited to see what exciting times lie in the years ahead.”
Visit the Tŷ Pawb website to view some of the best moments from the first five years
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