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Wal Pawb Commission

£5000 budget for artist to produce six large scale 2D artworks.

Oriel Wrecsam is seeking proposals for a brand new annual commission series within the new multi-million pound arts centre and market.


In 2015 Oriel Wrecsam moved out of its home of 43 years, in the same building as Wrexham’s central 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.

Wal Pawb represents a bold statement about this coexistence, and the commissioned artist needs to reflect the building’s multiple uses and users, and the relationships between them in their work.

The Commission

To be installed in March 2018, the first Wal Pawb (Eng. Everybody’s Wall) commission will provide a focal point for all visitors to the People’s Market building. It will also receive significant national and international coverage as its unveiling coincides with the launch of our new venue, a flagship for the arts in North East Wales.

The wall will consist of two tri-vision, motorised billboard style display made up of three-sided prisms in a frame which rotate 120 degrees to show three different images in a sequence. The dimensions of the frame are: 9110x3250mm & 3174x3250mm.

Due to the nature and purpose of Wal Pawb, it is a fundamental requirement that the commissioned artwork is developed in dialogue with potential future tenants and visitors to the building; particularly market traders currently located in Wrexham’s two other markets. As such there is an expectation that proposals include a minimum of 5 days engagement time on-site in Wrexham to carry out meaningful consultation, development and workshops. Initial contact with tenants and visitors will be facilitated by Oriel Wrecsam staff acting as mediators.

Please note that the budget of £5000 is inclusive and to cover all artistic, travel, accommodation and engagement costs. The finalised artwork once agreed with Oriel Wrecsam will be supplied digitally and applied to the tri-vision system by the providing company.

This opportunity is open to creative individuals or collectives based in the United Kingdom. Whilst possession of a degree in a creative field is not a requirement, it is desirable that the applicant is able to demonstrate a track record of creative activity.
In order to submit a proposal for the Wal Pawb commission, please send an email to james.harper@wrexham.gov.uk with the following documents attached:

  • Up to 6 Images of relevant previous work (weblink to online portfolio accepted)
  • CV – no more than two sides
  • A written proposal of 500 words, including detail of engagement strategy and timeline.
  • Up to 5 indicative images/videos relating to your proposed work – sketches, research images, etc. (videos must be in the form of a weblink with password where appropriate).
  • A budget breakdown

Deadline for submissions is 9am 5th June 2017, with interviews scheduled to take place week commencing 12th June. Interviews can take place in person or via skype. Unfortunately we are unable to offer contribution to travel for interview. The medium by which you will be interviewed will have no effect on your application.

The Oriel Wrecsam People’s Market development is funded by Arts Council of Wales, The National Lottery, Welsh Government’s VVP Programme and Wrexham County Borough Council.

Life Drawing

Every Thursday from 26th January to 30th March 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.