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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.

After by Victoria Lucas

04/11/2016 – 31/12/2016

Oriel Wrecsam is delighted to present Victoria Lucas ’ film work, After, alongside newly commissioned sculptural work, as part of its PERICLO programme of exhibitions.

Victoria Lucas’ artworks are often initiated by a physical encounter with a place, site or landscape. Concentrating on these contexts and their current or former inhabitants, she develops conceptual narratives that subvert and categorise events and myths using a site’s materiality as a catalyst.

After is a documentary work that depicts the empty Castle Market in Sheffield shortly after it's doors had closed in 2013 and before its subsequent demolition in 2015. The film was created as part of a six week residency at the site, during which Lucas occupied an empty unit in the lower level of the market. A publication documenting the project and the closure of the building is available from Siop//Shop at Oriel Wrecsam.

The new work that is exhibited alongside this film is made using found materials taken from Castle Market during the same aforementioned six-week residency.

Victoria Lucas is a Sheffield-based artist represented by Mark Deveraux Projects in Manchester. She studied at Norwich School of Art and Design and University of Leeds. She is currently a Fine Art Lecturer at UCLAN, Preston, whilst studying for her PhD at Sheffield Hallam University. Lucas works from her studio at Bloc Projects, Sheffield.

Recent exhibitions include: ‘Lands of Memory’, Museo Della Battaglia, Vittorio Veneto, Italy, 2016; ‘B#SIDE WAR Vol.II’, screenings and exhibitions in sites across Venice and the Cormons, Italy, 2016; ‘SLUICE Art Fair’ (represented by Bloc Projects), OXO Tower Wharf, Southbank, London, UK, 2015; ‘Signs That Say What You Want Them To Say’, Lights of Soho Gallery, London, UK, 2015; ‘Peak Experiences’, Shangri-La, Joshua Tree, California, USA, 2015; ‘The Art of Wandering’, In association with CurateSheffield, 35 Chapel Walk, Sheffield, UK, 2015; ‘Artists’ Moving Image Screening’, In association with Mexico, Hyde Park Cinema, Leeds, UK, 2015; ‘Still City’, Cupola Gallery at The Blue Moon, Sheffield, UK, 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 centre development in Wrexham’s People's Market building - PERICLO forms one exhibition strand with peripatetic projects taking place across the town centre and beyond.

The next exhibition in PERICLO's programme will be 'Segrgrair' by Paul Eastwood, 27/1/2017 - 18/03/2017.

PERICLO 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 - Ben Rider

08/10/2016 - 31/12/16

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.