Wal Pawb, the two big moving billboards flanking the outer walls of Gallery 1, have already proven popular with guests as a bright and colourful feature of Tŷ Pawb’s design.

The current designs on Wal Pawb, showing foodstuffs and market wares, was designed by artist Katie Cuddon in the run-up to the centre opening in April this year.

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But now, it’s time for a new artist to come up with a new design.

Welcome to Kevin Hunt

Kevin Hunt

After an open call for proposals, we’ve picked artist Kevin Hunt to come up with the designs for Wal Pawb 2019.

A graduate of the North Wales School of Art & Design – now known as the School of Creative Arts – at Glyndŵr University, Kevin currently lives and works in Liverpool, and has retained strong connections with Wrexham since graduating 13 years ago.

He’s worked on a number of small projects in Wrexham since then – but this will be his biggest presentation of work in Wales to date.

Kevin will work on-site at Tŷ Pawb from August through to the installation of his Wal Pawb project in March 2019.

He will work closely with all users in the building, as well as members of the wider community in Wrexham, to produce a highly original project, collaborating with traders at Tŷ Pawb to create a new product for Wrexham as part of the commission.

Kevin will give an introductory talk at Tŷ Pawb about his work to date, and his proposals for Wal Pawb, at 6pm on Wednesday, August 29.

He’ll also make repeat visits to Tŷ Pawb on third Wednesday of each month from September 19 onwards while working on the designs for Wal Pawb.

“Couldn’t be more happy to be back in Wrexham”

Kevin said: “I’m really chuffed to have been selected for the Wal Pawb commission at Tŷ Pawb and to be able to realise a new, multi-faceted project that will play with the commissions’ structure whilst working closely with the team and traders at Tŷ Pawb to develop a new product for Wrexham.

“I also couldn’t be more happy to be working back in Wrexham, the town where I studied and had many of my important formative art experiences.”

Cllr Hugh Jones, lead member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety said: “Wal Pawb is an important artistic feature within Tŷ Pawb, emphasising the intersection between the gallery and the market hall.

“It is fantastic news that Kevin Hunt, a Wrexham graduate, has been selected for the next iteration of this commission. Kevin will be working with Tŷ Pawb traders and staff, as well local residents in innovative way, ensuring the Wal Pawb artwork infiltrates the market hall.”

Jo Marsh, Arts Lead for Wrexham County Borough Council and Creative Director at Ty Pawb, says: “We received a large number of consistently high quality proposals for the second commission for Wal Pawb, and would like to thank all of those who submitted a proposal for the new design.

“It is fantastic that we were able to select someone of Kevin’s experience as well as having strong connections with and a genuine fondness for Wrexham. We are sure everybody will enjoy working with Kevin over the coming months.”

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