Another major public artwork is coming to Tŷ Pawb this October , developed by artist Lydia Meehan as part of our annual commission, Wal Pawb (Welsh for “Everybody’s Wall”).
Wrexham’s prolific tile and terracotta industry forms the visual and conceptual basis for Lydia Meehan’s artwork, titled ‘Everybody’s Wall and Other Meeting Points’.
The work will be officially revealed on Friday, October 2, alongside the opening event for the Tŷ Pawb Open Exhibition.
Meeting points between art and every day life
Considering the process of making walls as one which is both artistic and functional, Lydia highlights the meeting points between art and the everyday. By referring to the Wal Pawb tri-vision boards as thresholds, Lydia uses the architectural detail of the moulding to draw comparison between the decorative brick features of doorways and the coexistence of the art gallery and market at Tŷ Pawb.
A combination of visual references and found text offer the mouldings as models and templates for this coexistence.
Thinking of each 120 degree turn of the tri-vision boards as a flick of page, the designs take inspiration from historic catalogues which showcase the artistic designs of local terracotta companies.
New publication and exhibition still to come
Everybody’s Wall and Other Meeting Points is accompanied by a publication designed by the artist, bringing together a selection of works and processes relating to Lydia’s billboard artwork. This publication is to be launched in January 2021 alongside an exhibition of artworks inspired by Wrexham’s terracotta heritage and artefacts from Wrexham Museum.
The publication takes inspiration from the local terracotta industry, from the Art and Treasures Industrial Exhibition of North Wales, held in Wrexham in 1876, and from trades within the Wrexham’s historic markets.
Local artist featured
A further accompaniment for this project comes in the form of specially designed wrapping paper which is to be used by Tŷ Pawb’s market traders. The paper features illustrations of locally found terracotta mouldings by local artist Liam Stokes-Massey, aka Pencil Craftsman.
Lydia’s commission has involved a Wrexham walking tour, workshops and collaborations with Tŷ Pawb’s traders and the wider community.
Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, Cllr Hugh Jones said: “The Wal Pawb billboards have grown to become one of the most popular and recognisable features inside Tŷ Pawb, providing a wonderful dynamic backdrop to the public spaces and the many popular events that have been held there.
“We are looking forward to officially revealing Lydia’s fantastic new designs in October, the third Wal Pawb commission since Tŷ Pawb opened in 2018.
“As with many of Tŷ Pawb’s exhibitions, there is a strong link with Wrexham’s heritage in the work, celebrating the coexistence of arts and markets under one roof. I’m sure the history of Wrexham’s terracotta industry alongside the accompanying exhibition and local artist, Liam Stokes-Massey’s market wrapping paper project will be of particular interest to visitors.“
If you’ve visited Tŷ Pawb recently you may have spotted this message at the entrance to our South Arcade.
The floor vinyls have been created by artist Alana Tyson.
Alana explains a little more about the project: “Look After Each Other was created in 2016 in response to the closing of Wales’ last nuclear power station, Wylfa, as part of the project Power in the Land (Pŵer yn y Tir). A rectangular vinyl floor sign; is placed at the threshold of an interior space so that one must walk over it, must engage with it, to enter.
“The purple colour and white lettering are utilitarian, intentionally basic and non-designed, recreating the sign at the entrance to the power station; I was struck by the poetry and humanity in such an unexpected location.
“This piece feels more relevant today than it ever has.”
The project was made possible through funding from the Arts Council of Wales’s National Lottery Fund.
A huge welcome to two brand new businesses who have recently opened in Tŷ Pawb’s market hall.
Shabby Craft Box sell all sorts of handmade items including cushions, soft toyrs for children, doorstops, dream catchers and much more! You can even get your gift personalised!
House of Retro is a Vintage Computer games and Toy shop aimed at reuniting people with their childhood dreams, stocking Vintage Star Wars, Nintendo, Xbox, Playstation, SEGA and more…
Take a look at our markets page to see a full list of Tŷ Pawb’s traders.
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.
Tŷ Pawb’s Market court and food hall are now open 10am – 4pm Mon-Sat, with selected Food Court traders offering take-away until 6pm.
The Car Park will also be open and parking will be FREE!
The toilets will be open with safety measures in place.
A one way system will be in place and there will be restrictions on the amount of people allowed in the building at any one time. Entry is via Market Street. Exit is via Market Street Car-Park (ramp available for access).
Hand sanitising stations have been installed at the entrances and social distancing reminders are located around the building. There will also be a staff member at the entrance to give guidance and answer any queries.
Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for People said, “It’s excellent news that Tŷ Pawb, the General Market and Butchers Market have reopened to the public. The teams at Tŷ Pawb and the other town centre markets have been working tirelessly to ensure the safety of both traders and visitors. The markets and Tŷ Pawb will look a little different with one way systems put into place, hand sanitizing stations and staff on hand to answer any questions. I would like to thank all traders and staff for working so hard to ensure that they can open safely to the public.”
Cllr Terry Evans Lead Member for Economic Development said, “This is excellent news for our traders who have been understandably worried about their businesses since they were shutdown in March. It means they can once again open for business and we have been planning for this event over the past few weeks.”
Great things happen when we all work together and that’s certainly the case with this fantastic project that’s seen 99 art packs delivered to children in Wrexham so far, with even more set to follow.
The ‘arts pack’ project is a joint effort between Tŷ Pawb and the ‘At The End Of The Rainbow’ food bags scheme, made up from a partnership of Wrexham Family Information Service, WCBC School Meals Catering Service and AVOW volunteers.
The partnership identified the families that would benefit most from receiving the art packs, Tŷ Pawb provided the art packs, designed and purchased specifically for this project, as part of their work funded by Arts Council of Wales. Then the 99 packs were delivered by brilliant AVOW volunteers to families in Wrexham, and will supply 168 children.
There are also a further 15 packs arranged to go out, which will benefit another 40 children…so the project means over 200 children will have access to the packs in total…amazing!
What’s in the art packs?
Each art pack comes in an A3 zipped plastic folder and contains:
• 1 x A4 sketchbook
• 1 x A5 sketchbook
• Watercolours set with 14 different colours
• 2 x brushes (small and medium)
• 1 x eraser
• Graphite drawing pencils
• 1 x pack of 12 colouring pencils
• 1 x pack of 12 oil pastels
• 1 x pack of 12 felt tip pens
• 1 x glue stick
• A selection of card in primary colours
• 4 x print outs of art activity workshops from our Family Art Club (Welsh and English)
“A great additional resource for families at this time”
With many families in need of some extra resources to entertain their children due to the ongoing pandemic, the work that’s gone into making this possible has been greatly appreciated, particularly the effort of kind volunteers.
Tricia Bridgewater, At The End Of The Rainbow Project Lead, said: “The craft bags have been a great additional resource for families at this time. It just shows what can be achieved if we all pull together. AVOW volunteers have made it possible for these amazing resources to be delivered direct to families across Wrexham.”
“A fantastic example of how working together can really benefit the community”
Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for People – Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety said: “This is a fantastic example of how working together can really benefit the community. The arts pack project wouldn’t have been possible without these services coming together to make sure the materials reach families in Wrexham who can get real use from them. Well done to everyone involved.”
Cllr Andrew Atkinson, Lead Member for Children’s Services, said: “Thank you very much to Tŷ Pawb for their very kind donation, and great praise must go to everyone who has worked extremely hard to make this happen. The fact that over 200 children get to use the art packs shows what a tremendous success the partnership has been. We can’t wait to see the children’s artistic efforts now.”
Wrexham Family Information Service
WFIS provide information, advice and assistance to families in the Wrexham area about a number of key topics including: childcare, parenting support, children and young people’s services, help with costs of childcare, services for disabled children and children with additional needs…and much more relating to childcare.
You can contact WFIS by phone on 01978 292094. Alternatively, you can email email@example.com
Tŷ Pawb is inviting traditional and contemporary artists from across the globe to submit works for a brand new exhibition this October.
The Tŷ Pawb Open will be the first exhibition to be held at Wrexham’s multi-award winning markets, community and arts centre since its closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The theme of the exhibition is an “exhibition celebrating lockdown creativity” and there is a particular interest in seeing how artists locally, nationally and internationally have continued to make work within the confines of lockdown.
Artists can submit up to three works. The deadline for entries is 12pm on July 31.
The Tŷ Pawb Open Exhibition itself will open on October 3, 2020 and run until December 23, 2020.
There are four prize categories for entrants, including the Judges Prize (£1000), People’s Prize (£500), Adaptability Prize for the most inventive response to lockdown (£500) and Young Person’s Prize (£250)
For full details visit: www.typawb.wales/ty-pawb-open
Cllr Hugh Jones, Wrexham County Borough Council’s Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, said: “The creative community around the globe has been hit hard by the pandemic and artists have had to find new ways of working and supporting each other through this difficult time. This exhibition will be a celebration of the creativity, innovation and resilience that has been developed by artists in lockdown all over the world over the last few months.
“We are encouraging artists all over the world to submit works and get involved and we are looking forward with great excitement to be able to open this exhibition to the public in October.”
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