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Colin Thomas. Photograph. Untitled, Colin Thomas. Photograph. Image courtesy of PERICLO.

Be prepared to 'Harness Your Hiraeth' and revisit notions of nostalgia in the PERICLO programme's final exhibition at Oriel Wrecsam.

The Welsh wordhiraeth has no direct translation, though the closest interpretation offered by the English language isnostalgia . More accurately, 'hiraeth' translates as a longing for a home to which you cannot return.

The fourth and final exhibition in Oriel Wrecsam s inaugural PERICLO programmeHarness Your Hiraeth focuses on the role art plays in preserving our social and personal heritage. This is an exhibition which meanders through notions of nostalgia in order to illustrate the importance of art to a wider audience.

Times change, people change, and places change but through the arts we are able to capture or recall moments that would otherwise be forgotten. Photography and filmmaking play a central role in this act.

In the early 1980s, the photographer Colin Thomas documented numerous community events in Wrexham and its surrounding communities. Using Thomas photographs of Wrexham as a point of departure, Harness Your Hiraeth will introduce contemporary works in other media that convey a sense of loss or longing, including cinematic works by the late filmmaker and musician Graham Bowers.

Sean Edward's film Maelfa (2014) will also be exhibited, documenting a since demolished and redeveloped shopping centre on the outskirts of Cardiff.

Muscle Memory, with Donna Huanca - Peres Projects, Berlin Muscle Memory, Przemek Pyszczek, 2015. Peres Projects, Berlin. Image courtesy of the artist.

Contemporary Polish artist Przemek Pyszczek uses his colourful sculptures to evoke memories of childhood and playgrounds. They are also reminiscent of Poland s communist-era architecture and industry.

Also exhibited will be archival documents relating to the events in Wrexham that were documented by Thomas at that time.

Harness Your Hiraeth is curated by James Harper, the young but more than capable curator. CCQ had the pleasure of speaking to James about his curatorial ambitions, the freedom to experiment offered by PERICLO and his dislike for suspended ceilings.

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'Harness Your Hiraeth' runs from 26 February 19 June 2016. All welcome to the private view on 26 February at 6pm.