Long associated with discordant clothing, once loved teddy bears and out‐dated knick‐knacks; the humble charity shop is well deserving of a makeover. Glyndwr University and local charity Save the Family have been working together to do just that. The aim is to create a unique gallery and shopping environment by using art to evoke the feeling of home within the space. The installation will feature an indoor garden, miniature rooms and an array of artworks across the disciplines including interior design, illustration, fine art and photography.
Local and regional artists including the Glasfryn Artists group (GAP), students and volunteers have all contributed towards the shop, donating their time, enthusiasm, effort and artwork. “This project shows how working with others can produce innovating and thought–‐ provoking art that is accessible to everyone.” says Kirsty Gaughan, joint‐project manager. You’ll even be able to take a piece of the project home with you, by buying artwork for sale.” Ann Bronnert, Volunteer Manager and a trustee of the charity has been at the heart of this venture for Save the Family.
She adds, “We’re really pleased to be working with the team on such an exciting project. It’s really good to have a fresh perspective on the charity shop and we’re confident that it will be a success and help to raise much needed funds for our charity in the process.” Save the Family is a regional charity committed to supporting families in crisis who are facing homelessness. They provide emergency accommodation, adult life skills training and children’s support from 4 different sites in the North West of England and North Wales.
The shop will open on Saturday 6th April in The Daniel Owen Square, Mold from 10 am to 4pm, then every subsequent Wednesday and Saturday until the end of June. Further events and workshops are to be announced.