Wrexham.com got a sneak preview of art exhibition A Sense of Place at the People’s Market on Friday 2nd November and were able to get a quick interview with artist Angela Davies, who leads the Cyfuno collective which is organising the project.
In the exhibition, 15 artists will present a wide range of work, tied together by the theme of the artists’ feeling towards Wrexham itself. The artist explained that it was a loose theme to allow people lots of creative freedom. “It can be interpreted in any way, whether that’s your perception of Wrexham, Wrexham geographically, or anything else that fits the theme.”
Angela explained to us that she was inspired to launch the project after taking part in the Helfa Gelf Art trail in September. For her exhibition in the trail – which runs annually and is North Wales’ largest open studio event – she commandeered an empty market space in the Butchers’ Market and was pleased by the level of interest she received. “I started to consider other empty spaces in town,” she told us. This led to her deciding to hold an exhibition in an unoccupied stall in the People’s Market and putting out an open invitation for work. She was thrilled to receive around 20 submissions despite a quick turnaround time. Describing her aim for the project to be “a catalyst to bring people together”, she’s already hoping for future events. “Definitely!” she responded when asked if this was something she’d like to develop further. “I think it’s great to be able to bring art to the public.”
It’s been a busy week for Angela – when we caught up with her on Friday morning she was recovering from a presentation for her MA in Textiles which she’d given on Thursday. Despite this, it’s clear to see that she’s looking forward to the launch of A Sense of Place tomorrow and it looks set to be a great success.
The exhibition will be open, with free admission, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm until 30th November, but the official launch – with Wrexham Community Choir giving a very special performance – will take place at 1:00 pm tomorrow, Saturday November 3rd. This will be followed by more live music, including WE/ARE/ANIMAL.