A new art project that aims to breathe a fresh lease of life into the town centre opened up to the public yesterday.
Un-Deg-Un has taken over the disused JJB store on Regent Street and has transformed it into an arts space, that is currently showcasing the work of students from the North Wales School of Art & Design.
The non-for-profit project is the first of it’s kind for the town, and comes as a collaboration between local creative organisation THIS Project, and East Street Arts, a contemporary arts organisation based in Leeds. The organisation has a national reputation for transforming empty retail spaces.
Alongside the artwork, within the space there is also a ‘break-out’ area full of sofas, free Wi-Fi and reading space. There is also studio space available for £15 a week for artists.
On Thursday the gallery had its private opening, with music provided from artists such as The Roseville Band.
Yesterday Un Deg Un opened to the public, with around 400 people visiting the art space throughout the day. As with the private launch on Thursday, a number of bands provided live music, including: Luke Gallagher, The Uninvited, Orient Machine, The Fag Machine and Stan Dickenson from Heal the Last Stand, who was playing the piano outside.
The exhibition will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until September, then there will be an ongoing programme including masterclasses that will cover film, the arts and the spoken word.
The images shown throughout were taken by Sue Mcgrane, a recent graduate who has work featured in Un-Deg-Un. As a solo photographer, Sue has recently taken a series of images, working with Oriel Wrecsam, for Refugee Week – these images will be touring as part of an exhibition for around 12 months – the project is called Objects of Meaning. She has also established the NW Collective, a local film and photography group that covers local events.
To find out more, you can go to the THIS Project website, www.thisproject.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org