About Oriel Wrecsam
Oriel Wrecsam is the premier venue for Contemporary Visual and Applied Arts in North East Wales. We are in the process of developing a clearer strategy for the arts in Wrexham.
We are currently in the process of moving offsite to develop our new arts and creative industries hub. With significant support from Wrexham County Borough Council, the Arts Council of Wales and Welsh Government the project is about to enter design development stage.
Our new offsite home is located on Chester St, right in the town centre, and part of the large market and multi-storey car park we plan to develop. We recently undertook a feasibility study on the site and this was undertaken by architects Ash Sakula. The proposed development will put the visual arts at the heart of a lively and innovative centre that will also incorporate studio provision for artists and creative industries, learning studios, artists gardens, a curated cinema programme, cafe/bar, flexible performance space, retail offer and market provision. We hope to develop this project in partnership with other organisations in the local area.
With this in mind we have offsite plans that will see our Siop//Shop become a focus for our stranded project programme over the next couple of years which will see the town become our gallery space.
We are also developing our Art Vend project which features new commissions by 25 artists available through machines for just £1.
Our strands will include aspects of our current situation and will include a curated programme of project space commissions, maker in focus exhibitions, regular exhibitions by printmakers, a programme of workshops: Sgwad Sgwennu (a project for gifted young writers), a continuation of our popular Saturday Art Club, and various other workshops for children and adults.
Art Vend is the initial project in our Markets strand, exploring the links between the creation of art and the democratisation of buying art.
We will explore our Agricultural Heritage, through commissions and projects that will engage with our local farming communities in the County Borough and bring the countryside into the town centre as would have been the case before the industrial revolution, which transformed the town in the 19th Century.
We will be looking at artists whose work crosses the divide between Art and Architecture in our Space and Place strand, considering the nature of identity as a town on the border between Wales and England, which has 53 languages spoken and is also a place in transit. Which leads to our Croeso strand exploring the diversity of our County and the concept of welcoming people to our country.
General admission to our exhibitions is free.