WREXHAM'S Tŷ Pawb is set to welcome visitors back into its galleries this October with the launch of a new exhibition, fittingly titled ‘The Tŷ Pawb Open’.

Following an open call where more than 350 artists each submitted up to three works for consideration, the exhibition presents the work of over 100 of those who entered.

In total 121 artworks will be displayed across both gallery spaces at Tŷ Pawb on Market Street. Of these, 60 are Welsh artists.

On the opening night of the exhibition, Friday, October 2, from 6.30pm, judges will announce the winners of prizes in three categories: The Judges’ Prize, Young Person’s Prize and the Adaptability Prize for the most inventive response to lockdown.

A fourth prize category, the People’s Prize can be voted on throughout the exhibition with the winner announced in December.

Wrexham Council’s lead member for communities, partnerships, public protection and community safety, Cllr Hugh Jones said: “We are delighted to be able to welcome visitors safely back to Tŷ Pawb’s galleries and also to give artists the opportunity to show their work in a gallery setting once again.

“The effects of COVID-19 have meant exhibitions being cancelled or postponed across the country since March of this year. Artists have been turning to new methods of display as a result.

“Throughout this period, Tŷ Pawb has offered an excellent online Arts At Home programme that has included live streaming music performances, online arts activities for families and innovative Creative Assignments developed with artists across Wales. The activities have been very well received and we are very pleased to announce that many of the works created by participants will be on show at the Tŷ Pawb Open.”

“The exhibition will be a celebration of the creativity, innovation and resilience that has been developed by artists in lockdown over the last few months.

“We have been phenomenally impressed with the huge variety and high standard of all the entries. The exhibition will include over 120 artworks across a whole range of artistic mediums from paint and sculpture to print and video so there will be something here for everyone to enjoy.”

The exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday, October 3, until Wednesday, December 23.

The galleries will be open 10am-4pm, Wednesday-Saturday (closed Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays).

To ensure visitors can enjoy the exhibition safely the galleries will have a strictly limited capacity. Booking in advance is advised.

There will be hand sanitisers available at the entrances to Tŷ Pawb.

A one way system will be in place in the galleries.

Visitors are asked to wear face coverings and will also be asked to give details for Test and Trace as they enter the gallery.

Details on how to book will be announced soon. Keep up to date by following Ty Pawb on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or contact typawb@wrexham.gov.uk or call 01978 292144.