SPEAKER | Joe Marsh – Ty Pawb
During this session Joe introduced all the exciting plans for the renovated Peoples Market which is now going to be the home of Oriel Wrexham, they have merged together to become Ty Pawb. Millions of pounds have been invested in this project to join the Arts & Markets together and promote a bigger cultural community. These are the notes & phone pics that i took throughout the talk.
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There will be 18 markets, food courts, cafes, live entertainment, gallery spaces and rentable spaces.
For the gallery spaces they will be planned up to 3 years in advance, but there will also be ‘Baggy Spaces’ and these will be areas which will be available for more current projects, they want to be able to cater for new projects and don’t have to go on a waiting list for years.
It hasn’t been easy because they have faced lots of public backlash in the beginning, people have expressed anxiety about it and struggled to see how the change was relevant.
To help the understanding of the project they have involved the community all along the way in decisions and help them embrace the new cultural market change.
A public consultation was held in Wrexham Museum to bring together the meaning and values of the project and develop it’s own name. The public was then able to vote and Ty Pawb (Everybody’s House) chosen.
They have been influenced by Mima – Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art and aim to be a tangible benefit to the wrexham community as well as something bigger.
Ty Pawb Statement:
Within Ty Pawb there will be opportunities for artists to display their work, for example on the WAL PAWB. This is a wall that is in between the arts and the markets within the building, commissioned artists will have their work displayed for 1 year at a time.
3 Part Program
Exhibitions / Education / Merchandise will all work in tandem together, lots of public projects, getting people involved and looking at issues within the community to raise awareness and put money back into the community.
Dydd Llun Pawb ( Everybody’s Monday)
This is a project they have been getting the community involved with, researching old stories about wrexham …there is one about the old Lego Factory, apparently there is tons of Lego buried underneath the building!
Out of all the stories they have collected, the public have been allowed to choose the best 6 and then 6 artists have been commissioned to create souvenirs. This is a good example of how the 3 Part Program is going to work because the souvenirs will end up in the shop available to buy.
I enjoyed this informative talk by Joe, it’s really exciting for the community as well as all local artists to have something like this which will help grow the cultural development in wrexham. Making the Arts more accessible for everyone and introducing it in an innovative way. I’ll be looking forward to attending the opening day with my family.
**All Images in this blog were taken during this seminar with Joe Marsh – Ty Pawb**