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Oriel Wrecsam - Exhibitions

Oriel Wrecsam has a commitment to promoting Welshness through exhibitions of contemporary visual and applied arts, while also enriching the local arts environment by inviting first class practitioners to work with us on a variety of projects.

As we enter a period of peripatetic project making, we have offsite plans that will see our Siop//Shop become a focus for our stranded project programme. Over the next couple of years these projects will see the town become our gallery space.

The following will keep you informed of what is currently on show in our galleries as well as what we have coming up.

Piecework by James Ackerley

Exhibition dates: 16th September - 22nd October

For Piecework, the fifth exhibition in Oriel Wrecsam’s PERICLO series, James Ackerley will present an installation as a twisted yet refined paradigm of his studio. Ackerley’s meticulous process-led practice will come to the fore in this enlightening display-cum-physical catalogue. His recent work puts a strong emphasis on the studio as a place of making, taking-apart and reassembling. Using a narrow palette of inexpensive, malleable materials, he makes small scale object-based works as a method of exploring the fundamental principles of art making and studio-practice, whilst also drawing elements from design and architecture. The exhibition timeline will be separated into three increments, reflecting the very modular and incomplete nature of Ackerley’s work.

James Ackerley (b. Wrexham, 1990) is a Manchester-based artist, who previously studied at Coleg Cambria, Wrexham, and Manchester Metropolitan University. He currently holds a studio at Bankley Studios, Manchester.

Recent exhibitions include: ‘One o’ Those’ at 9 Valerie Walk, Manchester; ‘The Manchester Pavilion with TOAST’, Warrington Contemporary, Warrington; ‘The Frictionless World’, TOAST, Manchester; ‘The Centre for the Imagination’, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester; and ‘Putt Putt #2’, Turf Projects, Croydon.

PERICLO is a platform for risk and experimentation in contemporary visual art. During Oriel Wrecsam's transitional period - moving from its home of over 40 years at Wrexham Library to an exciting new cultural development in Wrexham People's Market which will open in 2018 - PERICLO forms one exhibition strand with other peripatetic projects taking place across the town centre and beyond.

Public Art commission by Jonny Hannah

Oriel Wrecsam have commissioned illustrator Jonny Hannah to produce an unique artwork that will wrap the entire exterior Siop//Shop and the adjacent workshop space.

The new work, in Jonny’s distinctive style, will illustrate Wrexham’s cultural, industrial and agricultural heritage whilst creating an attractive and instantly recognisable exterior for Oriel Wrecsam’s semi-permanent home on Chester Street.

The unveiling of this commission marks the start of a new way of working for Oriel Wrecsam as we enter a period of peripatetic exhibition and project making which will see Wrexham town centre become Oriel Wrecsam’s temporary gallery. This period will last for between two and three years in the lead up to the opening of a new and exciting cultural hub in Wrexham.

Jonny Hannah will be continuing his relationship with Oriel Wrecsam having previously exhibited as part of ‘A Child’s Christmas In Wales’ in 2014.

Jonny grew up in Dunfermline & studied at the Cowdenbeath College of Knowledge, Liverpool Art School & then the Royal College of Art. For the last seventeen years he has been a freelance illustrator, & is represented by the Heart Agency in London & New York. His many clients include The Sunday Telegraph, The New York Times & The St. Kilda Courier.

He happily lives in Southampton, with Sharon & their two bairns, & teaches on the BA Illustration course at Southampton Solent School of Art & Design. His studio has now returned to his back garden, in the loveliest of sheds, now HQ to the ‘Cakes & Ale Press’, a cottage industry publishing books, prints, posters, teatowels & badges.

Merrell books published a rather lovely book all about Jonny & his junk, last year. It’s called ‘Greeting from Darktown” & every home should have one.

Grip Fast & Defy Mediocrity.

Printmaker in Focus

Printmaker in Focus Exhibitions will be in our temporary home, SIOP//SHOP, on Chester Street. These printmaking showcases will provide a focus for regular exhibition visitors and include work by some of the best artists working in this field.

Julia Smith

Julia Smith is a contemporary jeweller, producing exciting and intricate pieces in a very unique style. Working primarily in silver and precious metals, her influences lie within vintage scientific instruments; particularly Orreries

Julia Smith is a jewellery designer currently producing some of the most innovative and exciting jewellery designs around.

Vogue 2011

Her current collection consists of a series of kinetic rings and brooches with stone set elements, as well as static neckpieces, bracelets and earrings informed by similar designs.

Julia Smith is a graduate of Hereford College of Arts, and received a BA(hons) in Contemporary Applied Arts, 2010. Within her first year of making, her degree show was bought and her work featured in Vogue magazine April 2011 edition.

Jewellery can be commissioned to size.