Beth Morgan - A Walk in Wakefield
28/07/2021 - 27/07/2022
Opening Hours on Artwalk night - 5 - 9pm
Wakefield has a plethora of natural landscapes within the local area open and accessible for people to walk freely, to break away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, taking a moment to breath in the nature.
It is the experience and memories of walking within these local landscapes that Beth will be bringing to the Artwalk with her new mural 'A Walk in Wakefield'.
Initially, the project commenced with a walk in the natural landscape surrounding Sandal Castle, where Beth made notes and quick sketches within her field journal to capture the experience of walking. Sandal Castle is a place of historical significance, and she is interested in how this will influence the walk and her experience of it.
The outcome from this walk takes the form of a permanent large colourful abstract mural in The Ridings Shopping Centre stairwell, that encompasses the memories of Beth's experience. For the visitor, it will give the impression of being within one of Beth's paintings, immersed within the environment just like the experience of being immersed within nature.
About Beth Morgan
Beth Morgan is an artist who is interested in the way in which she experiences the natural world around her, and her artistic responses to that experience. Walking is an important part of her practice and informs the painted practice she creates within her studio. The main sites for the walks Morgan undertakes are natural English landscapes: long stretching coastline with an abundance of thriving rockpools, baron moorlands that become transformed with a wealth of heather, and rolling hills leading to craggy rockfaces and idyllic waterfalls. She situates her practice within these natural environments, rejecting the urban and immersing herself within nature and taking in the experience.
No photographs are taken during the walks Morgan takes, only notes and quick sketches within her ‘field journal’ that are then used on the return to her studio to prompt a memory or feeling. Overly saturated colours, biomorphic shapes and layered forms build up as she recollects her time on specific walks in a particular site, transforming and shifting until it forms a finished painting. Her paintings and sculptures are complete abstraction yet the shapes become strangely familiar due to their organic nature.
Fiona Grady is a site-responsive artist. Her colourful geometric artworks are architectural interventions that transform the physical spaces they are situated within. Her new piece ‘Meeting Points’, commissioned by Artwalk Wakefield, is composed from translucent coloured vinyls and will be installed onto the skylight windows of Wakefield’s Ridings Shopping Centre.
Look Up Westgate is a project led by Edgelands Arts on behalf of the Westgate Heritage Action Zone. Funded by Wakefield Council and Historic England. Communities from across the Westgate area have worked with Edgelands Arts to create images of buildings along the street. These have been turned into a series of coasters and vinyl window stickers, which can be seen and collected in various locations on Westgate and the immediate vicinity.
Mohammad Barrangi is a UK-based illustrator, printmaker and athlete originally from Iran. Barrangi’s work combines Persian calligraphy, storytelling, text, and touches of humour. The inspiration for this mural, On The Path To Happiness, comes from Barrangi’s lived experience of immigration and the welcome he received in Wakefield from organisations such as Wakefield Cathedral and The Art House.