Wrexham opens new arts hub
Wrexham has opened a new arts and cultural centre in a refurbished market hall.
The new £4.5m hub, known as Ty Pawb - Welsh for everybody's house - has two galleries, performance areas, a gallery shop and market stalls. The performance areas include a 100-seat theatre space. A programme of events will include exhibitions, including a large scale public artwork, created by Newcastle-based artist Katie Cuddon, as well as regular events and classes for the public.
A day-long celebration, parade and carnival marked the official public opening for the development which has been more than four years in the making. Wrexham Council used £700,000 funding from the Welsh Government, a £2.3 million grant from Arts Council Wales and £1.5 million of its own resources to realise the project.
In Aberystwyth Theatr y Werin will close its doors for £750,000 revamp as the venue undergoes its first comprehensive electrical upgrade since it opened in 1972. Funded by Aberystwyth University, the work will see a new production lighting system fitted along with energy saving lighting and a self-testing emergency lighting system. New seating and carpets will also be installed in the 300-seater auditorium.