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Life Drawing

Every Thursday from 7th September to 9th November 2017 (6pm - 8pm)

Untutored sessions working from a life model.

£10 per session, £7 concessionary rates available. Includes tea and coffee.

To book a place call Oriel Wrecsam on 01978 292093 oriel.wrecsam@wrexham.gov.uk

11 Chester Street, Wrexham LL13 8BE

Criw Celf

Criw Celf Wrexham is an Arts Council funded project that is now going into its fourth year, after the great success of the project in 2015/16. Criw Celf is an amazing experience and opportunity for children to work alongside a selection of Professional Artists.

Joining Criw Celf 2017

There is a charge of £35 per student (which can be paid in instalments and includes 6 x master classes, 1 x trip and an art pack). The course also includes the chance to be part of their very own exhibition.

The Masterclasses are held in Wrexham on six Saturdays or Sundays with a view to installing the next Criw Celf exhibition in September 2016.

To book a place, please fill in a registration form and send to Oriel Wrecsam, 11 Chester Street, Wrexham, LL13 8BE or email criwcelfwrexham@gmail.com for further details.

Dydd Llun Pawb

In April 2018 Oriel Wrecsam will resurrect Dydd Llun Pawb (Everybody's Monday) - an almost forgotten tradition unique to Wrexham.

In the late 1800s, following the Spring market, everyone was given the Monday off in order to descend on the town, which was wildly animated with street entertainment, food stalls, musical acts and surreal side shows. In 1895 it was quite the colourful occasion!

Dydd Llun Pawb will capture the essence of the original 1800's event but reimagined in a celebratory and playful way through a street parade, fair and the launch of six new souvenirs based on six of Wrexham’s strangest and most wonderful stories that we’ll be gathering at events, workshops and through this site over the coming months.

If you’re interested in getting involved, sharing a story or have any thoughts or comments please get in touch with us here, or at dyddllunpawbwxm@gmail.com or drop into Oriel Wrecsam for a chat.

Wrexham Souvenir Commission

Open call for artists to be commissioned to produce a Wrexham ‘souvenir’.

Budget per artist: £3000
Deadline for proposals: 16th October
Interviews: 26th & 27th October
Project duration: November 2017 – February 2018

Introduction

Wrexham County Borough Council is seeking to appoint six artists to each produce a Wrexham themed souvenir as part of Oriel Wrecsam’s ongoing Dydd Llun Pawb (Everybody’s Monday) project.

During the past year Oriel Wrecsam has been collecting stories relating to Wrexham ranging from the weird to the wonderful, the good and the bad. The appointed artists will each use a specific story as direct inspiration for the design of their prototype souvenir.

Applications are welcomed from artists working in any discipline, or across art forms. We are particularly keen to hear from artists who actively engage with communities or publics within their practice. Artists at any stage in their career, except for those currently studying, are invited to apply.

An exhibition of the souvenirs along with ephemera and documentation from the Dydd Llun Pawb parade will be held in summer 2018.

Artist Brief

For this initial stage, a prototype souvenir must be produced to be displayed over the opening weekend of the OW People’s Market development.

The souvenir should offer local people and visitors a new way of looking at, thinking about, remembering, or experiencing the extraordinary town of Wrexham. The six stories that inspire the souvenirs will be decided by a public vote. The commission is open to practitioners working in any discipline or art form and we want the commissioned artists’ practice to equally be encapsulated by the final outcome. We are particularly interested in proposals for souvenirs with a function, or that occupies the overlap of artwork and useful object.

The budget of £3000 can be utilised however best suits the appointed artist, however it is expected that a small proportion be spent on travel (for research purposes and contact time) and materials for producing the prototype. We suggest a proportion of the budget be allocated as the artist fee based on approximately 10 days labour over the course of the design period.

The souvenir prototype is to be complete by the end of February 2018 and ready to be displayed during opening of the new centre in March 2018. The prototypes are then to be scaled up* and paraded through Wrexham town centre as a key component of the Dydd Llun Pawb celebrations.

Following this initial stage and the opening of the OW People’s Market Development, the prototype souvenirs will be manufactured by Oriel Wrecsam for eventual sale in Siop//Shop, Oriel Wrecsam’s dedicated retail arm. A breakdown of materials and costs must be provided as well as a recommended retail price which should fit into one of two price brackets: £10 and under; £50 and under. Whilst we will seek to employ local fabricators in the manufacturing process, we would welcome recommendations for suppliers as part of this design stage.

Siop//Shop is to become an integral vehicle for programming in the new development, along with a prominent public programme and exhibition programme.
Of the six commissioned artists, three will be commissioned by open call whilst three will be commissioned by invitation.

*The scaling up of the prototypes for parade is not part of this artist brief but is to be considered during the design process.

Background

In 2015 Oriel Wrecsam moved out of its home of over 40 years, within Wrexham’s town centre library. Since then the gallery has been operating off-site, as plans have unfolded for a new arts and cultural space within Wrexham’s People’s Market building.

Opening in spring 2018, the Oriel Wrecsam People’s Market development will be a unique model that brings together arts and markets under one roof, providing a living research centre and exploration into expanded notions of culture and heritage.

To celebrate the opening of The OW Peoples Market Development, Oriel Wrecsam will resurrect ‘Dydd Llun Pawb’ (Everybody's Monday) an almost forgotten tradition unique to Wrexham.

In the 1800s, following the Spring market, everyone was given the Monday off in order to descend on the town, which was wildly animated with street entertainment, food stalls, musical acts and surreal side shows.

Dydd Llun Pawb will capture the essence of the original 1800's event but reimagined in a celebratory and playful way through a street parade, fair and the launch of six new souvenirs based on six of Wrexham’s strangest and most wonderful stories.

We believe that a large scale event such as this will help bring together the community and help reinstate and reaffirm Wrexham’s identity in a positive and accessible way.

Some of the stories that have already been collected can be found on the project website: www.dyddllunpawb.com
The initial launch of the project in April 2017 gained nationwide coverage on television, radio and in print. Even more coverage is expected on Dydd Llun Pawb in 2018.

Mission Statement

The OW People’s Market Development will be a cultural community resource, bringing together arts and markets within the same footprint. This coexistence will celebrate the significance of markets within Wrexham’s cultural heritage and identity.

The development will be a new space for dialogue around subjects including social and civic issues, the environment, health, cultural identity, sustainability and education.

We will present a contemporary programme of welcoming and inclusive exhibitions, socially engaged projects and live performance. The programme will emphasise skills and craft, working with emerging and established artists from all backgrounds.

Artist’s Fee & Practicalities

The budget of £3000 is to be paid in 2 instalments - at the beginning and conclusion of the project.

The budget is based on a fee equating to approximately 10 days of the artist time plus reasonable expenses (i.e. materials, travel, etc.).

Up to 8 people will be invited to interview.

We regret we are not able to provide subsistence for travel to interview but are able to offer Skype interviews where required. A request for a skype interview will not affect the panel’s decision making process.

The interview panel will consist of representatives from Oriel Wrecsam, local representatives and Dydd Llun Pawb coordinators.

Application Process

In order to apply for this opportunity, please email the items listed below to oriel.wrecsam@wrexham.gov.uk by 9am on Monday 16th October 2017 with ‘Souvenir Commission’ as the email’s subject heading.

  • A covering letter containing a response to this opportunity, an introduction to your practice and outlining why the opportunity interests you
  • CV
  • Up to 6 examples of works or projects that best represent your practice and its relevance to this project. (Please provide photographic documentation via JPEGS or web links. Film or video work/documentation should be uploaded to Vimeo or Youtube)

NB the maximum combined total size for email attachments must not exceed 10mb.