Tŷ Pawb is a cultural community resource, bringing together arts and markets within the same footprint. This coexistence will celebrate the significance of markets within Wrexham’s cultural heritage and identity.
The development is a new space for dialogue around subjects including social and civic issues, the environment, health, cultural identity, sustainability and education.
Tŷ Pawb presents a contemporary programme of welcoming and inclusive exhibitions, socially engaged projects and live performance. The programme emphasises skills and craft, working with emerging and established artists from all backgrounds.
For forty-three years Oriel Wrecsam, formerly Wrexham Arts Centre, was housed with the town’s central library.
The construction of the furniture was carried out collaboratively between artist, Tim Pugh, and community groups in workshop sessions. Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils from Ysgol Deiniol worked on the reception desk and a number of storage boxes. The supports for the flexi-space trestle tables were made by artists based at Undegun Arts Space. Shop furniture and market hall benches were built by Coleg Cambria students. The wood working group at Caia Crafts turned stool hooks and table legs. Members of the public were also able to attend additional workshops to create the flexi-space stools and boxes for Siop//Shop.
In 2015, the arts team moved into temporary premises on Chester Street as plans for a new development within the People’s Market building unfolded.
Oriel Wrecsam delivered an extensive off-site programme during this time, including ArtVend (miniature artworks sold for £1 through vending machines), and the Shepherd’s Hut project (working with young people from the Stars Project in Caia Park). You can see the results of both of these projects within Tŷ Pawb.
Wrexham’s history as a market town is key to the town’s heritage. The market stalls and food court are as intrinsic to the success and ethos of the development as the engagement and arts programmes.
A rebranding and renaming workshop was held in 2017, led Elfen, to collectively explore possibilities. The workshop was attended by thirty local stakeholders from the markets, business and arts communities. Three potential names were then put to a public vote and Tŷ Pawb (Everybody’s House) was the victor.
Tŷ Pawb aims to be a cultural and community resource that welcomes everyone – we hope that you are as excited about our future as we are!