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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.



Rebecca Gould & Lindsey Mendick

Accompanying text by Rebecca Ounstead
11/09/2015 – 24/10/2015

Private View - 6pm Friday 11th September 2015

For its inaugural exhibition, PERICLO presents Girls, a two-person display featuring the work of Rebecca Gould and Lindsey Mendick. Though they have previously exhibited together, Girls sees Gould and Mendick working alongside each other for the first time, embracing a semi-collaborative process through long distance conversation. Their work retains an individual persona whilst adopting and being influenced by certain elements and nuances from the other's practice.

Rebecca Gould lives and works in Wales. "Gould makes work that can be described as ‘urgent’, in the best sense of the word. Her practice focuses on the immediacy of the act and the transformative power of the artistic gesture." - Alfredo Cramerotti, Director, MOSTYN.

Recent exhibitions include: Best in Show, Same Shit Different Day, London (2015), MOSTYN Open 19, MOSTYN (2015), (solo) Claire Danes, Uprising, MOSTYN (2014), Gwenan International, The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow (2014), Exotic Crop, Goat Major Projects, Cardiff (2013), CAVE art fair, Baltic Creative Campus, Liverpool (2012), The Autobiography of A Super-Tramp, g39, Cardiff (2012), Boeing Way to Gas Street, 22 Gas Street, Birmingham (2012), Microcosm, Departure Foundation, Leeds (2012)

Lindsey Mendick lives and works in Sheffield. Mendick references the megababes of 1980's and 1990's pop culture, intertwined with the Pre-Raphaelite beauties.

Recent and upcoming exhibitions include: It Was a Dark and Stormy Night, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, (August 2015); I’M Ten, IMT Gallery, London, (September 2015); HOT FLUSH, S.T.C.F.T.H.O.T.S., Leeds, (June 2015); Lindsey Mendick And Lynn Fulton, One Thoresby Street, Nottingham, (June 2015); I'M So Excited, Haha Gallery, Southampton,(June 2015); Zabludowicz Masterclass,(January 2015); Mostyn Open 19, Llandudno, North Wales, (March 2015); Faux Show, Assembley House, Leeds, (March 2015); No Grey Areas, Haha Gallery, Southampton, (February 2015)

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 hub development in Wrexham People's Market - PERICLO forms one exhibition strand with peripatetic projects taking place across the town centre and beyond.

The second exhibition in PERICLO's programme will be Alfie Strong, Heart Shaped Like A Baseball Bat, 6/11/2015 - 19/12/2015
PERICLO is supported by Oriel Wrecsam, Wrexham County Borough Council, Arts Council Wales and Welsh Government. www.periclo.org

Heart Shaped Like a Baseball Bat
Alfie Strong

Exhibition dates: 06/11/2015 - 19/12/2015
Opening hours: 10.00-16.00, Monday - Saturday

Press Preview: 13.00 Friday 6th November 2015

Private View: 18.00 Friday 6th November 2015

P E R I C L O, Oriel Wrecsam, 10-12 Chester Street Wrexham, LL13 8BE

For the second exhibition in Oriel Wrecsam’s P E R I C L O programme we present Heart Shaped Like a Baseball Bat, a solo show of new work by Alfie Strong. Projecting his dark sense of humour onto the everyday and mundane, Strong often uses folklore and mythology to strengthen his off-kilter viewpoints on the very basic elements of our day-to-day lives.

The exhibition will be separated into two co-inhabiting parts: the first part being an impressionistic set design for a section of unmade, imaginary film about the end of a journey for two glacially transported rocks in a wild Celtic landscape; the second part being a presentation of new work exploring a distracted and misunderstood experience of both everyday, inane objects and human interactions. These works will form a parallel show, sitting amongst the ‘set’. The two halves of the exhibition will combine like apparitions of two events in one place from different times.

Alfie Strong is a Leeds-based artist, who previously studied at Coleg Cambria, Wrexham.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Spit Me out said my Ashes to their Urn, GRRG, London (2015); Je m’appelle Mother Fucker, à côté du 69, Nantes, FRA (2014); 36890 Daze, STCFTHOTS, Leeds (2014); The Executioner Executes Himself, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh (2013).

Recent group exhibitions include: Rabble MC, Hutt Collective, Nottingham (2015); Tokyo Drift, Millington and Marriott, Art Licks Weekender, London (2015); Manchester Contemporary, Manchester (2015); The Octopus was Naked but the Crab was Dressed, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth (2015); You think the only people who are people, are the people who look like you. But if you walk in the footsteps of a stranger, you learn things you never knew you never knew, 2 Queens, Leicester (2015); Big Willie’s Birthday Bonanza, Millington and Marriott, Online exhibition (2015); People you May Know, Bosse and Baum, London (2015); Business as Usual, Turf Projects, London (2015); Business as Usual, Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun, Leeds (2015); School of the Damned, Horse Hospital, London (2015).

P E R I C L O 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 proposed new cultural hub development in Wrexham People's Market - P E R I C L O forms one exhibition strand with other peripatetic projects taking place across the town centre and beyond.

The third exhibition in the P E R I C L O programme will be Supermarket Sweep – Bonus Round, a group exhibition curated by McGilvary/White, 08/01/2016 - 20/02/2016.

P E R I C L O is an Oriel Wrecsam exhibition programme supported by Wrexham County Borough Council, Arts Council Wales, Welsh Government and the National Lottery.

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.

Anita Klein
24/10/2015 – 18/12/2015

Anita Klein studied at Chelsea and the Slade schools of art. She works in London and Anghiari, Italy and has exhibited her prints and paintings extensively in the UK, Europe, the USA and Australia. In 2003 she was elected president of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers and she has work in many private and public collections including the Arts Council England and the British Museum.

Anita’s work celebrates the small domestic moments we all share. She says that these everyday events are what she would miss most “if it all was taken away”. While family photo albums record our lives as one long round of birthdays and holidays, the very moments we should most value are almost always ignored and forgotten. Anita’s prints are often used as sketches for large oil and acrylic paintings which are exhibited regularly in London and elsewhere by Eames Fine Art and Advanced Graphics London.