Open Call: Oriel Wrecsam Residency

Oriel Wrecsam was built in 1973, and has shown some of the leading figures in the art world over the past 40 years, including Mona Hatoum, Shani Rhys James, Joseph Beuys, Helen Sear, and Rose Wylie to name but a few.

In March 2015 Oriel Wrecsam is moving offsite, as plans for a new cultural hub in Wrexham unfold.

As we transition into this exciting new phase for the arts in Wrexham, Oriel Wrecsam in inviting applications from artists working in digital and/or lens based media to undertake a residency which will help to mark the end of an era in our current building.

We are looking for an artist who will interact directly with the building and its users, gathering stories, ideas and memories which we can take with us when we move. The residency should result in a digital archive, documenting the current use and users of the building. This may include film, still images and sound. We are particularly interested in proposals which place emphasis on the juxtaposition of the gallery space with the adjacent café and meeting rooms with their various users.

The contents of the archive will initially be exhibited online and may form part of our finale celebrations in March 2015.

The residency will take place between January and February 2015, with specific dates to be agreed. The chosen artist will need to spend a minimum of 5 days on-site at Oriel Wrecsam, in addition to preparation and editing time. A work space will be available at the gallery, and may be used throughout the project.

There is a fee of £3000 for this project, which is inclusive of all materials and transport costs.

To apply please send:-
A covering letter of no more than 750 words, outlining why you would like to undertake this residency, how your practice is suited to it and proposed outcomes.

A draft timeline estimating how your time would be broken down and an indication of budget breakdown.
Up to 6 images of your work, a digital show reel maximum 12 minutes or links to any time based work.

Submit your application by email to
Deadline: 17:00, Monday 8th December
Interviews will be held in mid-December.

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