Tŷ Pawb Open

An Exhibition Celebrating Lockdown Creativity

03 October 2020 – 23 December 2020


In line with the new restrictions announced by Welsh Government on Monday 30 November, our galleries will be closing to the public for the time being as of Friday 4 December.

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This year, the theme of our Open is ‘creativity during lockdown’. The response to this theme has been inspiring, demonstrating the invention and resilience shown by artists from across Wrexham, Wales and the United Kingdom.

We received submissions from over 350 artists who were each able to provide three artworks for consideration. Three judges were then asked to select a range of works that not only fit the theme of the exhibition but also complemented each other and created a coherent display.

The judges making the selection were: 

Lesley James – Winner of Wrexham Open 2018 Judges’ Prize

Katy McCall – Learning Manager at Manchester Art Gallery

Ffion Rhys – Curator, Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Together, the judges agreed on a selection of 117 artworks from 102 artists.

Virtual Tour

A fully interactive virtual tour of the exhibition.

Click here to view the tour

Download the transcript of the tour for screen readers here (pdf)

Virtual Tour Activity Pack For Children/Families

Download the accompanying activity booklet for fun and engaging drawing activities for young artists and their families. Send us photos of your completed booklet for the chance to win art supply goodies! 

Download the pack here (pdf)


Prizes were awarded in three categories. The winners were selected by our three judges:Lesley James, Ffion Rhys and Alistair Hudson (Director of Manchester Art Gallery and Whitworth Art Gallery).

The three categories:

Judge’s Prize – Winner, Emily Grimble

Young Person’s Prize – Winner, Arron Kuiper

Adaptability Prize – Winner, James Rowley

People’s Choice – Winner, Estelle Woolley

Meet the Artist

Estelle Woolley
David Setter
Manon Awst
Glenn Badham
Chris Corish
Tracy Davidson
Sarah Roberts

Creative Assignments

The Tŷ Pawb Open is displayed across both of our galleries. Also on display, in Gallery 2, we have outcomes from our Creative Assignments project. At the start of lockdown, Tŷ pawb commissioned seven artists to deliver a creative assignment that could be undertaken by our audiences whilst as part of our ongoing Arts At Home programme.

Jenny Cashmore, Peter Hooper, Sophie Lindsey, Ruth Stringer, Owain Train McGilvary, Rhi Moxon and Mai Thomas are the seven artists who were commissioned for the project. You can see the outcomes of their projects in Gallery 2.

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