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Wrexham Open to showcase “excellent talent” of local artists

One of the biggest events in the Wrexham arts calendar is set to return later this year.

The Wrexham Open will take place in the area from October 12 to December 16 and the call is out for all artists to get working on their submissions.

This year’s exhibition will be hosted in partnership between Tŷ Pawb and Undegun, and is backed by a number of organisations – including Wrexham County Borough Council, the THIS Project, East Street Arts and the Arts Council of Wales.

The exhibition is open to all artists, from amateur to professional, working in all mediums and art forms. Whether you paint, sketch, sculpt, craft , film or photograph – you’re welcome to enter.

There’s a range of prizes to be awarded, including the Judges Prize of £1,000; a £1,000 prize for Socially Engaged Practice; the Lens-Based Media prize of £500; the Young Person’s Prize of £500 and the People’s Prize of £250.

Entries will be judged by Thomas Dukes, curator of Open Eye Gallery at Liverpool; Rabab Gazoul, founding co-director of Gentle/Radical, Cardiff; and Simon Job, winner of the 2017 Wrexham Open.

Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, said: “The Wrexham Open is a very popular event in Wrexham’s arts calendar, and I’m very pleased that this year’s Open will be hosted between both Tŷ Pawb and Undegun at the same time.

“The Wrexham Open provides an excellent opportunity for amateur and budding artists to pit their work against that of seasoned professionals, and it’s an excellent showcase of some of the talented artists we have here in Wrexham.”

Artists can apply via the Wrexham Open website.

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