Wednesday 30 March 2022
Artwalk welcomed venues old and new, with exhibitions, performances and workshops programmed for visitors for the second Artwalk of 2022 and the first March Artwalk since 2019.
The Art House launched two new exhibitions, Mohammad Barrangi: Dreamland and Robert Broad: My North. Dreamland is the most comprehensive solo exhibition of Barrangi to date, featuring his large-scale murals as well as his first-ever sculptural works. My North is the first exhibition of photography by Broad, documenting the district from the early 1990s and capturing major changes within the local landscape. To accompany My North, The Art House commissioned a series of outdoor works for the Artwalk, giving the viewer a unique opportunity to compare Wakefield between the time the photographs were taken and now.
Wakefield Cathedral hosted ArtWorks and their creative responses to music played during the Lazy Compline at the Cathedral, and the Cathedral Kitchen displayed artworks by Wakefield based artist Chris O'Leary. In the Ridings Centre, artists, organisations and groups took table spaces to engage with the public, and artist Alicia Wallace took over a Makey Wakey shop to exhibit past projects in Light Works. ETCO opened their shop on Cross Street for the first time with a screen-printing demo, and Westgate Chapel re-opened their doors to Artwalkers with Dreamtime creative projects on display and a talk by Kevin Trickett about Westgate's Hidden Voices a Heritage Action Zone project.
Studio holders at Westgate Studios shared their creative spaces with visitors with open studios, and young people part of Long Division's Songwriters Social programme shared new music for the first time in public at Now Serving. Ruth Fones asked visitor 'Do you see what I see?' in a thought provoking display of original artworks which evolved though conversations with people living with varying sight loss conditions.
Photography by David Lindsay.
A huge thank you to all of our participating venues, artists and groups - The Art House, Wakefield Cathedral, The Ridings Shopping Centre, Westgate Studios, The Polka Hop, Cathedral Kitchen, Wakefield Museum, The Art Exchange, Westgate Chapel, Everything Taken Care Of, Now Serving, 2SureThreads, The Art Exchange, Mohammad Barrangi, Robert Broad, Ekaterina Sheath, Kevin Trickett, Dreamtime Creative, Louise Allen, Paul Stone, Saima Kaur, Wakefield Council, Creative Wakefield, Blade Wells, Wakefield District Sight Aid, Alicia Wallace, Sareth Gavage, Pinderfields Hospital Pru, The Merrie Collective, Ruth Fones and Long Division CIC.
"I enjoyed the creative conversations I had with visitors and getting to meet people in person who I know online." - Artist comment
"Now Serving's basket making was an eye opener! Seeing a child screen printing was encouraging too" - Visitor comment
"My Artwalk highlight is feeling the Buzz around the city and seeing new people coming and engaging." - Venue comment