Children / Families
Oriel Wrecsam is Moving (event)
To celebrate the end of a long association between Wrexham Library and Oriel Wrecsam (previously known as Wrexham Library and Art Centre), we will be hosting a moving party on the last day of inhabiting the gallery on Rhosddu Road.
Since 1973, Oriel Wrecsam has presented engaging, exciting and sometimes controversial exhibitions to the general public of Wrexham and further afield. We have also cultivated strong links with the communities around Wrexham and specifically with users of the library. The event, 'Oriel Wrecsam is Moving' will celebrate all these things that makes the art in Wrexham great, whilst also looking to the future and the further development of this town's cultural offering.
Featuring a live DJ, film screenings, a performative walk and the launch of our new Art Vend project; whereby specially commissioned works by local and national artists can be bought from vending machines for £1 each.
'Oriel Wrecsam is Moving' will be a party to savour our organisation's values and heritage.
'Oriel Wrecsam is Moving'
New Shop Opening
Oriel Wrecsam is in the process of moving from its current location within the library at Rhosddu Road to a new, larger, purpose built gallery in Wrexham town centre. From 1st April 2015 we will embark upon a period of peripatetic project making across various temporary venues and sites in Wrexham.
During this period our shop, 'Siop//Shop', will have a new semi-permanent home:
11 Chester Street,
'Siop//Shop' stocks a range of visual and applied arts from local makers and artists as well as a diverse range of designers from across the UK. A seasonally curated selection of books, prints, ceramics, jewellery and giftware to complement our ongoing exhibitions and projects will be displayed in a contemporary, warm and friendly environment.
'Siop//Shop' will open on Chester Street on Wednesday 22nd April with a series of in-store events, including a 20% discount of all shop stock for a four-day period, to coincide with the launch of this year's Focus Wales music festival.
Oriel Wrecsam hosts Criw Celf for the third year running. Criw Celf is an across Wales initiative, supported by the Arts Council of Wales, that provides additional creative opportunities for children and young people who are recognised as being ‘gifted and talented’ in the Visual Arts.
Criw Celf originated in Gwynedd County Council and has grown and now has three components, as follows:
- Criw Celf Bach (7 – 11 year olds)
- Criw Celf (11 – 14 years old)
- Portfolio (14 – 18 years old) *
At each stage children/young people are given unique and enriching opportunities that expand their perceptions and expectations of the Visual Arts.
The high quality work that students produce is accredited with Childrens/Youth University credits but can also be recognised as part of school/college courses (e.g. to aid portfolio building/coursework), as appropriate.
For a fee of £35 per person, students receive highly subsidised master classes with professional artists, an arts related educational trip, a high quality art pack and inclusion in an Oriel Wrecsam (and sometimes out of county) exhibition. Students are then given their artwork back at the end of the project/exhibition.
In Wrexham, Schools, colleges and parents are able to nominate children and young people in the Autumn term. If you think a Wrexham based child/young person should be considered for the new 2013/14 Criw Celf bach or Criw Celf projects, we would like to hear from you.
*Note: Portfolio is not officially rolling out until 2016, however, Oriel Wrecsam is planning master class tasters during the holidays. Please watch this space for further details.
Some schools already sponsor their students, to enable them to benefit from this fantastic opportunity. Oriel Wrecsam encourages schools and colleges to consider sponsoring students (particularly those on the lower end of the socio-economic scale) who are gifted and talented in the Visual Arts.
Contact us for more information via Facebook.
Saturday Art Mash Up
A broad range of 2D and 3D arts and crafts projects, working with a wide variety of materials and techniques to suit children aged up to 7 – 10 years old. Led by artist facilitator Jo Marsh. All are welcome, no expertise or experience necessary and all can expect to produce artwork to be proud of. Accreditation awarded
Time: 10 - 12:30pm on Saturdays, as follows:
- 11 & 18 October,
- 8 & 22 November,
- 6 & 20 December.
Cost: £6 per session (£5 for additional siblings)