Fiona Grady - Meeting Points
28/07/2021 - 27/07/2022
8.30am - 5.30pm - Monday - Saturday
10.30am - 4.30pm - Sunday
Installed onto the skylight windows of Wakefield’s Ridings Shopping Centre and composed from translucent coloured vinyls, in direct sunlight 'Meeting Points' cast colourful shadows into their environment, and create an ambient glow at night time. They bring a vibrancy to the Centre; intended to be an eye-catching meeting point for the public.
The artwork motifs are inspired by the architecture of their site, weaving around the atrium’s skylight windows, with a nod to the nearby Wakefield Cathedral which is well known for its spectacular stained glass windows. Fiona's installations oﬀer a contemporary approach to glass making, moving away from traditional stained glass, using geometric motifs that will form a site-responsive relationship with their surroundings.
Commissioned by Artwalk Wakefield.
About Fiona Grady
Fiona Grady is a site-responsive artist. Her colourful geometric artworks are architectural interventions that transform the physical spaces they are situated within. They allow their setting to become a canvas that defines the size of the artwork and provides inspiration for the motifs used within the designs, to connect them to their location.
Born into a family of mathematicians she has always had a keen eye for balance using ratios of numbers and logical approaches to divide the space. She considers her process as problem solving. She refers to her artworks as giant jigsaw puzzles, as they employs repetition of forms to build a larger image, using each piece to create a whole picture, that has an unconscious equilibrium within its surroundings. Her practice recognizes the relationship between architecture, installation art and decoration. She plays with light, surface and scale; each piece changes with the light of day emphasizing the passing of time and the ephemeral nature of the work to create ambient environments.
To find out more about Fiona, visit her website here.
Image above - Brighton Installation 'Spectra Waves', 2019.
A Walk in Wakefield is a new permanent mural in The Ridings Shopping Centre, created by artist Beth Morgan, inspired by the natural landscapes around Wakefield. Commissioned by Artwalk Wakefield.
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.