Artist Katie Cuddon recently made her first visit to Wrexham as part of her Wal Pawb commission with Oriel Wrecsam.
Katie engaged with various community groups in Wrexham town centre across a four day period. The aim of her visit was to gather inspiration for her new artwork – six large-scale billboard images to exist on the threshold between the market and the art gallery in the new Oriel Wrecsam People’s Market development.
Having met with parents and children, market traders, local artists and young people, Katie will now continue working from her studio sending regular newsletter updates to the key stakeholders in the project.
As well as engaging with those stakeholders, Katie would like all members of the local community to be able to contribute something to the project. By using the hashtag #WalPawb on social media, everybody is invited to share images of what inspires them about Wrexham. A particular focus should be made to Wrexham’s market heritage and the arts.
Katie says: “It was really exciting seeing the site taking shape for OW People’s Market Development and I really enjoyed meeting the traders in the Butchers Market to speak about the Wal Pawb project. The children who attended the collage workshop I ran during my visit produced some wonderfully inventive work and those images keep coming to mind when I think about Wrexham and the project.”
Katie will return to Wrexham in November to demonstrate how her work is developing.
The final artwork will be unveiled in Spring 2018 as part of the launch celebrations for the new Arts, Market and Cultural facility.