You might remember that back in late 2017, we installed the light which once took pride of place at the former Hippodrome cinema in the South Arcade of Tŷ Pawb – and it’s attracted lots of praise at its new home.
But was well as decorating one of the entryways into Tŷ Pawb, the Hippodrome lamp has also inspired a new work of art created by a team of artists working out of the facility.
And that work of art is now up for sale – meaning you can bring a memory of the old Hippodrome into your home!
The new lampshade was produced as part of the Designer Maker Project – which brought Tŷ Pawb together with designer Tim Denton and participants in the EU-funded Cyfle Cymru peer mentoring and employability programme for people with experience of substance misuse and mental health conditions, run by rehabilitation and recovery charity CAIS. The project was also supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council Wales and Healthy Working Wales’ Out of Work Service.
The lampshade was designed by Tim, inspired by the Art Deco form of the Hippodrome light, and combined with the clean lines of modern Scandinavian design.
Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, said: “This project is an excellent example of the work Tŷ Pawb can create when working alongside other organisations, and we’re very grateful to both CAIS and Tim Denton for all of the incredible effort they put in throughout the Designer Maker project.
“The Designer Maker project embodies everything Tŷ Pawb stands for – including the social benefits of art, collaboration, learning new skills and providing support to those who need it.
“And it also has a very strong link to Wrexham’s history, given the very visible link with the former Hippodrome and the influence the design of the lamp had on the new lampshade produced through the Designer Maker project.”
Cyfle Cymru peer mentor George James said: “Participants in our project loved taking part in this wonderful, practical initiative alongside the team at Tŷ Pawb.
“They were able to learn new skills, discover a little more of Wrexham’s heritage, and demonstrate how people in recovery can make a real contribution to their communities – and are delighted to see the fruits of their labours on sale at Siop//Shop this Christmas!”