Reflecting the growing importance of the creative industries to the economic development of the region, Glyndŵr University’s £5m Centre for the Creative Industries is a modern environmentally-friendly building designed to be sympathetic to the campus’s existing buildings.
The centre provides a focal point for creative industries activity, promoting greater interdisciplinary collaboration and involving subjects as diverse as art and design, computing and engineering.
The centre provides a hub for the development of a creative industries culture and also provides a stimulus to the development of private and spin-out businesses associated with the creative industries. Within the university it helps curriculum development and the introduction of further innovative teaching methods.
The centre was officially opened by Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales on Thursday, March 31 2011
It has become the new home of BBC Cymru Wales in Wrexham, strengthening the BBC’s presence in north east Wales and providing new production facilities for its staff, guests and contributors.
The centre features state-of-the-art TV and radio studios, 3D workshops, design studios, IT suites, Apple training suites and post-production audio and visual facilities.
By bringing together different disciplines associated with the creative industries it is hoped it will provide innovative solutions to commercial problems as well as contributing to the growth of the creative industries in North East Wales.
The self-watering sedum roof maintains the green features at the front of the University and has a number of positive enviromental benefits including using the run off rain for other uses (internal water usage, for example flushing toilets.
- A double height TV Studio with optional seating for up to 50
- A gallery – above the TV studio, featuring a controlroom and a viewing window
- A flexible design studio – providing a workspace forproject work, lecture space and breakout rooms forcreative thinking
- 3D workshop – equipped with precision 3D printer,laser cutter, large scale printer, large scale scanner and a 3D laser scanner
- The Atrium – a social learning platform with televisions, sofas and iMacs
- An Apple training suite – a suite of Macs pre-loaded with industry-standard art, video editing and multimedia software
- An IT suite
- Post-production vision mixing and sound lighting equipment
- BBC studio and voice over rooms
In the creative industries we offer a wide range of courses in the following areas:
- Applied Art
- Creative Media Technology
- Fine Art
- Creative Computing
- Journalism and Media
- Theatre and Performance
Take a virtual tour of our TV studio click here
View inside of our Centre for the Creative Industries here
Dance of Life
The centre is home to the Dance of Life mural, the most renowned work by local artist Mildred Eldridge in the early 1950s.
Originally housed in the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital in Gobowen, the mural was commissioned by the hospital management committee in 1951 for the dining room of the new nurses’ home.
Created long before pollution and the environment became popular issues, the mural tells the story of civilised man’s alienation from nature, and this attempt to reclaim a lost natural wisdom. This theme is illustrated with scenes of the countryside and seashore, which contain many beautiful images of birds, animals and plants.
The mural is now on permanent display in the foyer area of the centre and is open to the public during university opening hours. To view it, go to the main university reception and a member of staff will allow you access to the building. For more information call 01978 293306.