The colour and fun of Dydd Llun Pawb, which saw thousands of people come to Wrexham town centre to celebrate the opening of Tŷ Pawb on a rainy Bank Holiday Monday might seem a distant memory as we head into the summer.
As Is this planet earth?, the inaugural exhibition at Tŷ Pawb comes to an end at the end of June, a new exhibition looking back over the groundwork for the carnival that was Dydd Llun Pawb will go on display.
Entitled Wrexham is the Name, the new exhibition will feature the six Wrexham-themed souvenirs commissioned by Tŷ Pawb as part of celebrations for Dydd Llun Pawb, along with other objects and images.
Six stories chosen
In November last year, six artists were selected by Tŷ Pawb to develop a souvenir inspired by a specific story from Wrexham’s past.
The six stories that inspired the souvenirs were chosen by the public last summer from a long list of 25, and were developed by artists Sophia Leadill, John Merrill, Marcus Orlandi, Nicholas Pankhurst, Martha Todd and Bedwyr Williams.
The project resulted in a diverse collection of artefacts, from printed publications to football scarves, which will be exhibited at Tŷ Pawb.
The vibrant, humorous and poignant works will be displayed alongside various items of documentation of Dydd Llun Pawb – where versions of the souvenirs were paraded through the town to celebrate the opening of Tŷ Pawb – and interviews with each of the six artists.
This will include objects and images related to the year-long Dydd Llun Pawb project involving workshops and community engagement leading up to the day of celebration on April 2.
Wrexham is the Name will run at Tŷ Pawb from June 30 to August 19.
“Weird and wonderful stories”
Jo Marsh, Arts Lead for Wrexham Council, said: “The process of developing the six souvenirs has unearthed some weird and wonderful stories. All six artists have done a brilliant job in translating our heritage into something that visitors to Tŷ Pawb will want to own and treasure.”
Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, said: “I would encourage anyone interested in Wrexham’s heritage to pay a visit to this exhibition at Tŷ Pawb. This is an excellent example of our local communities involving themselves in the life of Tŷ Pawb.
“The souvenirs produced have been inspired by a number of memories of bygone Wrexham, and I’m sure members of the public will have equally fond memories of them.”
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