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Wrexham’s weird and wonderful history and artistic talent across the region showcased in new Tŷ Pawb exhibitions

Two new exhibitions showcasing talent from across the area and celebrating Wrexham’s heritage are set to launch at Tŷ Pawb this month.

‘Wrexham Is The Name’ and ‘Nascent Inclinations’ will celebrate their grand opening at the development’s two galleries at a public event on June 30th.

The exhibitions are the third and fourth to take place since the opening of Tŷ Pawb back at the start of April. Both exhibitions are free to attend and promise all sorts of original and inventive works!

Those who followed the events prior to the official launch of Tŷ Pawb will be aware of the six artists chosen to design souvenirs to celebrate the wonderful and historic stories relating to the town’s history.

The six stories that inspired the souvenirs were chosen by the public last summer from a long list of 25, and were developed by artists Sophia Leadill, John Merrill, Marcus Orlandi, Nicholas Pankhurst, Martha Todd and Bedwyr Williams

The project resulted in a diverse collection of artefacts, from printed publications to football scarves; many of which were displayed at Dydd Llun Pawb on April 2nd.

To commemorate the work carried out by the six artists and celebrate some of the quirkier sides to Wrexham’s history, the vibrant, humorous and poignant works will be displayed alongside various items of documentation of Dydd Llun Pawb as well as interviews with each of the six artists.

Tŷ Pawb are still continuing to collect stories as part of the exhibition. So if you have a story you’d like to tell, pop into Gallery 2 and fill in one of the postcards with your tale!

Elsewhere Gallery 1 will see the launch of ‘Nascent Inclinations’; an exhibition which celebrates the wealth and diversity of emerging artistic talent from universities from across North Wales, West Wales and the North West of England.

Partners including Wrexham Glyndwr University and Liverpool Hope University will each be represented by three outstanding graduating artists. Also featuring in the exhibition will be students from courses at Aberystwyth University, University of Chester, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and Liverpool John Moores University.

‘Nascent Inclinations’ will open in tandem with the ‘Wrexham Is The Name’ exhibition on Saturday 30th June 2018 and will run until 14th July in Gallery One.

Jo Marsh, arts lead for Wrexham County Borough Council and creative director at Tŷ Pawb said the exhibition is one that the “whole of the North of Wales and the North West of England can be proud of.”

She added: “The process of developing the six souvenirs for our Wrexham Is The Name exhibition has unearthed some weird and wonderful stories.

“All six artists have done a brilliant job in translating our heritage into something that visitors to Tŷ Pawb will want to own and treasure.

”Bringing together the outstanding talent from these six local institutions for our Nascent Inclinations is a truly unique but accurate interpretation of Ty Pawb’s mission.

“Not only does this demonstrate the extraordinary artistic output in our region, it also highlights Wrexham’s advantageous geographic location.”

Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, said: “I would encourage anyone interested in Wrexham’s heritage to pay a visit to this exhibition at Tŷ Pawb. This is an excellent example of our local communities involving themselves in the life of Tŷ Pawb.

“The souvenirs produced have been inspired by a number of memories of bygone Wrexham, and I’m sure members of the public will have equally fond memories of them.”

On Saturday 30th June a free to attend opening event will take place to introduce each of the two new exhibitions.

Many of the artists, students and individuals involved in the exhibitions will be attending and there will be refreshments available.

The launch event for ‘Wrexham Is The Name’ will take place at 1pm and ‘Nascent Inclinations’ at 5pm.

Wrexham Is The Name will be at Tŷ Pawb from 30th June until 19 August in Gallery 2. Nascent Inclinations will be at Tŷ Pawb from 30 June until 15th July in Gallery 1.

All exhibitions and opening events are free to attend.

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