The work of nine artists – the Nonarchy – gently spreads misrule throughout the former JJB Sports at Undegun from April fools day until the end of the month.
Working across a range of approaches, including film, installation, animation, interventions in the landscape, drawing, painting and sculpture, they present something of a flow of ideas between the cultural and artistic foci of Undegun in Wrexham and The Creative Network, at Arts Alive Wales in the Black Mountains.
Nonarchy will be Undeguns second exhibition of the year, and will be looking at how these nine artists react and respond to the creative spaces of Undegun. After visiting the Wrexham based art space in September 2015 the group of artists from Brecon Beacons were inspired in numerous ways and from that point went off to create a body of work to be exhibited from Friday 1st April 2016.
The building, on Wrexham’s main shopping thoroughfare, Regent Street, has a rich and colourful history, which the artists will explore. From the building’s opening in the late 19th Century as the Maelor Hotel associated with the temperance movement, then later becoming Astons furniture store 1970s, then turning into the towns JJB Sports shop which closed down only four years ago when the company went into administration. Since then the building has been transformed into the amazing pop-up arts centre – Undegun – featuring an exhibition and event space, with 20 artist studios on site. But despite the changes, all around Undegun are reminders of its history, from the Adidas sign above the entrance to the original 70’s floral theme wallpaper in the old hotel rooms on the second floor.
Part of the excitement of this collaborative venture arises from the diversity of approaches of the artists. The challenge consists in responding to the venue itself, creating new work, or re-exploring established work in relation to the site and to the developing responses of the other artists.
Opening event: 1st April 2016, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Closing event: 30th April 2016, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
See www.thisproject.co.uk for more details
11 Regent Street
Wednesday – Saturday 12-4pm
The show is supported by Brecknock Arts Trust and The Creative Network