Wednesday 29 September 2021
We returned on 29th September for the last Artwalk of the Summer, with 23 venues opening and 26 events across the city.
The much anticipated exhibition Fred Tschida: CIRCLESPHERE launched at The Art House and Neon Workshops' 7A, demonstrating the power of neon as sculpture, with visitors experimenting with long exposure photography to capture the 3D vessel forms the sculptures create whilst in motion.
Wakefield One was a hub of activity, with Ranya Abdulateef Artwalk commission 'Honouring our Refuse Collectors' taking centre stage in one of the Atrium cases. Wakefield Museum's A World of Good was open, featuring paper sculptures by Andy Singleton, animations by Charlotte Blacker and a performance of a new song written for the exhibition by Ali Bullivent.
The Ridings Shopping Centre gave visitors another chance to see the newly commissioned installations by Fiona Grady and Beth Morgan, as well as many Makey Wakey spaces opening their doors. Spectrum People, led by Dawn and Adrian celebrated the work created by participants during art therapy sessions (supported by Artwalk at The Art House throughout the Summer), in an exhibition titled 'Art in Recovery'. The Merrie Collective exhibited a selection of analogue photographs created by their members to celebrate the opening of a brand new darkroom at The Art House, and created a pop-up Camera Obscura.
KRAFT turned their barbers into a gallery with paintings by Jake Mullins, Westgate Studios hosted a new exhibition of plate inspired oil paintings by studio holder Roger Gardner, and The Polka Hop displayed the work of Rebecca Asquith which reflected how memories change and fade over time.
Photography by David Lindsay.
A huge thank you to all of our participating venues, artists and groups - The Art House, Wakefield Cathedral, Boogie Woogie Bagel Bar, 2SureThreads, The Ridings Shopping Centre, Theatre Royal Wakefield, Lobby 1867, Westgate Studios, The Polka Hop, Cathedral Kitchen, KRAFT, Wakefield One, Wakefield Museum, Northern Fringe Gallery, Chantry Chapel, 7A, Fred Tschida, Neon Workshops, Yew Three Youth Theatre, Edgeland Arts, Roger Gardner, Jan Parsons, Imogen Milburn, Mick Wilson, Rebecca Asquith, Jake Mullins, Ranya Abdulateef, Ali Bullivent, Roots, Steve Biltcliffe, Nicholas Vaughan, YSI, The Merrie Collective and Spectrum People.
"I came to Artwalk with a group of 8-12 year olds from a local Youth Club and my highlight was them guiding me along and how excited they were to see other young peoples work."
"It was a great experience, and wonderful to show my work to an audience keen to be enthusistic or critical."
"It was a brilliant experience to take part in Artwalk, having been such a long time since I last did it, and with the void of Covid in the middle. I just really got the impression that people were ready for art and conversations again, politics, discussions about the good of the society."