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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

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.

Jonny Hannah
11/07/2015 – 04/09/2015

John Abell
05/09/2015 – 23/10/2015

Anita Klein
24/10/2015 – 18/12/2015