We’re working to enhance our arts programme at Tŷ Pawb, through the things we do online, digitally and remotely. If you have 5 minutes to spare, you can help us to create a better experience for you, by taking part in our very short survey: http://doo.vote/c779889
We are currently developing a ‘Digital and Remote Strategy’ for our Arts Programme at Tŷ Pawb – a plan to help make our programme better for everyone through the things we do online, digitally and remotely. We would like you to help us create it by sharing your answers to the following questions.
- What do we do online, digitally and remotely now, which you like and which improves your experience of our arts programme?
- What should we be doing differently online, digitally and remotely in the future, to make your experience of our arts programme better?
- What matters most to you about what we do online, digitally and remotely?
This survey is also available in Welsh: http://doo.vote/14335d4
Our gallery Siop//Shop is changing…
From mid-January 2021, the space will relaunch as Maker Space – an accessible studio where artists, makers and designers from all backgrounds will develop their practices with a window onto the world.
We are keen to make traditional and contemporary creative practices visible.
We will continue to sell work from a broad spectrum of applied artists in our new display cabinets in Ty Pawb’s main entrance.
Maker Space residency opportunities are for artists and makers of all kinds; designers, socially engaged practitioners, artists and craftspeople are invited to apply.
Timeframe: 4 months during April – July; August – November; December – March 2022
Maker Space: The 48 sq. metre space is situated opposite the galleries in Tŷ Pawb and has a large window open onto the main entrance. Makers will be able to showcase their practice to a wider audience. The space is equipped for digital presentations and we will offer promotion through our social platforms. There will be opportunity for mounting exhibitions and developing activity such as talks and masterclasses.
Over the course of the residency, the maker would also be offered paid opportunities to lead up to six public activity sessions in Lle Celf Ddefnyddiol, our Useful Art Space.
Materials: We will provide a materials budget of up to £500.
Support includes: Marketing and publicity; access to mentoring/coaching sessions.
Tŷ Pawb typically has a footfall of 50,000 (pre covid) so opportunities to sell whilst in the space are encouraged.
How to Apply:
- A statement of up to 500 words about your practice and how this opportunity will develop your work. You will be required to spend a minimum of 20 hours per week in the space.
- 10 images (or showreel).
- An up to date CV.
To: email@example.com by 31st January 2021
We encourage and welcome applications from makers from all backgrounds.
Main image: https://rachelholian.co.uk/
Young people from around Wrexham are being recruited to join a new Youth Advisory Board (YAB) at Tŷ Pawb.
The YAB will work closely with the Tŷ Pawb team to help ensure a that a more diverse range of local young voices can be represented in the planning and development of future exhibitions and activities.
The YAB will play a key role in supporting Wrexham’s multi-award winning arts, markets and community hub to engage with wider audiences, both online and for its activities in the building.
Introducing our new Creative Producer
The YAB is being recruited by our new freelance Creative Producer, Yasmin Begum (pictured), who will work with the group initially on evaluation of the Tŷ Pawb Open exhibition.
The group will go on to take part in a series of workshops led by artist Harold Offeh; this will be an opportunity to explore the group’s aspirations for Tŷ Pawb and its future programme, and for themselves as local citizens.
Harold Offeh (pictured) is an artist working in a range of media including performance, video, photography, learning and social arts practice. He previously offered mentoring at Tŷ Pawb as part of Wales in Venice 2019.
Yasmin Begum is a writer, researcher and creative practitioner from Cardiff. She has worked with organisations including Film Hub Wales and is a former editor of youth-led magazine The Sprout.
“We’ll be taking an active role in the planning and evaluating of Tŷ Pawb’s arts programme”
Yasmin said: “I’m really excited to be taking on this role with Tŷ Pawb. Over the last few weeks I’ve been working with the team and with partner agencies to identify young people with an interest in the arts who would like to participate and we’ve started to put together a really strong team of diverse local young voices.
“We aim to work with young people to broaden skills and boost confidence, providing unique opportunities. I’m especially interested and thrilled to be working as a Creative Producer on this project because I know, first-hand, how important and life changing initiatives like this can be, especially having been a beneficiary of projects like this historically as a young person.
“We’ll be taking an active role in the planning and evaluating of Tŷ Pawb’s arts programme, working in conjunction with local young people in and around the Wrexham area. This will include exhibitions and activities that take place in the building as well as the new digital and outreach strategy to engage with youth groups.
“There are so many exciting exhibitions and projects in the pipeline for the coming year. We are all really looking forward to getting stuck in, starting with our workshops working with Harold Offeh, a multimedia artist and educator. ”
Respond and Reimagine
The Youth Advisory Board project has been made possible thanks to a grant provided to Tŷ Pawb by Art Fund as part of the Respond and Reimagine project.
The grants aim to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the Covid-19 crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the future.
As well as the new Youth Advisory Board, the grant has also funded a brand new doorway into Tŷ Pawb’s main gallery. This allows visitors to enter the gallery directly from the market hall, making the exhibitions more visible and accessible to the public. It has also enabled a one way system to be put in place in the gallery, making it easier for visitors to socially distance.
A ‘fantastic’ achievement
Cllr Hugh Jones, Wrexham County Borough Council’s Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, said: “The Tŷ Pawb team must be commended for their achievement in successfully securing this hugely valuable Art Fund grant. Less than 18% of the bids were successful which shows the strength of the bid Tŷ Pawb put forward and the exceptional work the team have put in to developing this innovative project.
“The Youth Advisory Board will help us to take a fresh approach as we plan our programme of exhibitions and activities in the post-Covid world. This will include prioritising our engagement with broader audiences, supporting our commitments to the Well Being of Future Generations Act and ensuring Tŷ Pawb can be welcoming and accessible for everyone.”
Art Fund’s Respond and Reimagine grants offer flexible and responsive funding to help museums adapt to the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis and reimagine future ways of working.
The UK’s museums provide inspiration, joy and education, enriching lives and bringing communities closer together, but the impact of Covid-19 has been catastrophic for many. In the last six months,
Together for Museums – an urgent appeal from Art Fund
Art Fund received applications totalling over 16.9m from 451 organisations for its £2.25m Respond and Reimagine funding, which is now exhausted. But with six in ten (60%) museums Art Fund recently surveyed worried about their survival, and 92% of museums saying they need to ‘adapt and innovate’, the charity has launched an urgent new public fundraising appeal: Together for Museums. It aims to raise £1 million to help more museums adapt to today’s challenges and evolve.
Art Fund is appealing to the public to make donations of any size. From just £25, unique objects and artworks are available as rewards, donated by leading artists including Lubaina Himid, Anish Kapoor, Michael Landy, Melanie Manchot and David Shrigley.
Image: Yasmin Begum and Harold Offeh (Harold photo credit: Chris O’Brien)
Children from North Wales’ Syrian refugee community have been taking part in a series of online art workshops designed to help build community cohesion and tackle social isolation.
Fourteen Syrian refugee children from three counties across North Wales joined the Drawing Connections project, organised by Engage Cymru and led by artist Wendy Connelly of i-RAW Studios with support from Tŷ Pawb.
As part of the project participants were also taken on a virtual tour of The Tŷ Pawb Open, an exhibition celebrating lockdown creativity.
Building skills and improving wellbeing
As well as helping to improve community cohesion and well-being, the workshops are designed to help participants towards gaining an Explore Level Arts Award – a national qualification that supports young people who want to deepen their engagement with the arts and build creative and leadership skills.
The project has also acted as a pilot for Arts Award training online for young people with English as an additional language.
Drawing Connections has been funded by Arts Council of Wales, Wrexham County Borough Council Community Cohesion Team, business partner Wales and West Housing Association and Arts & Business Cymru through the CultureStep programme.
Engage Cymru would also like to acknowledge additional support from Wrexham Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, Wrexham EAL Service and the British Red Cross case worker teams across Denbighshire, Wrexham and Conwy.
A great example of Tŷ Pawb working with other organisations
Cllr Hugh Jones, Wrexham County Borough Council’s Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, said: “The Drawing Connections project is another great example of Tŷ Pawb working closely with other organisations to support communities through the arts.
“Throughout the pandemic Tŷ Pawb has continued to offer an excellent arts service remotely, the aim being to help people stay connected through these challenging times. This has included distributing art packs to local families, offering free activities for families, online training and commissions for artists, live streaming music performances and an excellent virtual tour of the new Tŷ Pawb Open exhibition.”
Tŷ Pawb may be closed this half term but that’s not going to stop us from giving you heaps of exciting free activities for you to try at home!
From vegetable printing to bunting and bugs in bottles, there’s a different activity to try every day during half term 🙂
Plus you can download our family activity pack to help you enjoy our brand new virtual gallery tour!
Head to our half term activity page to download the activities.
Our normal children’s holiday activities may be taking a break from the building this summer, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t still have heaps of exciting free activities for you to try at home, or in the garden.
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- If you have 5 minutes to spare, you can help us to create a better experience for you, by taking part in our very short survey.