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.
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 - Nigel Morris
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.
Nigel Morris is a visual artist working from Deeside making paintings, drawing, prints and 3D works. He describes his work as conceptual abstraction, which allows him to explore the relationship between the relationship of language both as written and visual information. These artworks can be described as, “visual experiments engaging traditional artistic values applying a contemporary conceptuality.”
Themes evident in his work are the relationship of text and image, proposing writing as pure mark making and drawing as word objects, almost a role reversal of function and aesthetic. His interest in the history of the written language from 7000 years ago to the present day is evident in his works on display which use the writing systems from 5000 BC.
The majority of the pieces are process driven, the making of the work an important factor both in his practice, the skill and craft which endures in the imagery. This tradition of skill is traced back to the Arts and Crafts Movement and William Morris and is relative to the aesthetic of each piece and the importance of visual interpretation and the beautiful.
Nigel Morris has recently completed an MA in Fine Art studio practice at the University of Lancashire and has studied at the University of Chester and Edinburgh College of Art.