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Oriel Wrecsam is moving from its current location, within the library at Rhosddu Road in Wrexham, to a new, larger, purpose built gallery in Wrexham town centre. From 1 April 2015 they will embark upon a period of peripatetic project-making across various temporary venues and sites in Wrexham.

Since 1973, Oriel Wrecsam has presented engaging, exciting and sometimes controversial exhibitions to the general public of Wrexham and further afield. They have also cultivated strong links with the communities around Wrexham and specifically with users of the library.

To celebrate the end of a long association between Wrexham Library and Oriel Wrecsam (previously known as Wrexham Library and Art Centre), Oriel Wrecsam will be hosting a moving party on the last day of inhabiting the gallery on Rhosddu Road. The event, Oriel Wrecsam is Moving, will celebrate art in Wrexham whilst also looking to the future and the further development of the town s cultural offering.

The event will feature a live DJ, film screenings, a performative walk and the launch of the new Art Vend project; where specially commissioned works by local and national artists can be bought from vending machines for1 each.

Oriel Wrecsam is Moving will be a party to savour Oriel Wrecsam s values and heritage. The event will take place on 28 March, 12-4pm, Wrexham Library, Rhosddu Road, LL11 1AU

While the gallery is closed, Oriel Wrecsam sSiop//Shop will have a new semi-permanent home at 11 Chester Street, Wrexham LL13 8BE

Siop//Shop stocks a range of visual and applied arts from local makers and artists as well as a diverse range of designers from across the UK. A seasonally curated selection of books, prints, ceramics, jewellery and giftware to complement the ongoing exhibitions and projects will be displayed in a contemporary, warm and friendly environment.Siop//Shop will open on Chester Street on Wednesday 22 April with a series of in-store events, including a 20% discount of all shop stock for a four-day period, to coincide with the launch of this year s Focus Wales music festival.

Image: Alistair Woods, untitled, 2014, installation at Oriel Wrecsam's exhibition A Child s Christmas In Wales