The arts are becoming a topic of increased public attention and interest in Wrexham – especially with the recent announcement of Ty Pawb as the name for the town’s new arts and markets development.

And as shown in a recent gallery display at Glyndwr University, showcasing the output of a group of young people who undertook a summer-long arts training workshop with a roster of professional artists, Wrexham has a great pool of talent in place.


The work was produced by 17 young artists and students during their time on the Portfolio summer art school, a project run by Oriel Wrecsam, with the support of the Welsh Government, the Arts Council of Wales and the National Lottery.

The young artists, all of whom were studying Art and Design at GCSE or A Level, are aged between 14 and 18.

The project ran throughout July and August, with the young people on the course getting the chance to try their hand at a variety of arts – including cyanotype printing, sculpting and multimedia design.

The artists leading the workshops throughout the course were Mike Ryder, Paul Jones, John Merrill and Ben Rider.

The workshops will continue next year, with a summer arts school to be held at Ty Pawb and Glyndwr University’s School of Art and Design.

Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities, Partnership, Public Protection Community Safety, said: “I offer my congratulations to all the young people who took part in the Portfolio summer arts project, and I’m very pleased they had their work showcased.

“Their efforts are impressive, and it’s heartening to see the level of artistic dedication and talent among young people in Wrexham.

We hope the local arts and crafts community take advantage of the new exhibition opportunities posed by Ty Pawb open its opening next year to showcase their work and their wares.”

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