Artwalk Wakefield

Wednesday 25 May 2022

The third Artwalk Wakefield of 2022 saw the start of a new free highlights tour, the launch of alabamathirteen's [on becoming a ghost...] exhibition and The Hepworth Wakefield and West Yorkshire History Centre opening their doors late for Artwalkers once again.

MA Fine Art students from Leeds Arts University curated a one night exhibition Twenty7 at The Art House, which sought to challenge research that shows that the average person spends 27 seconds looking at a piece of artwork in a gallery. Hidden Westgate Voices, a project by Ekaterina Sheath commissioned by the Upper Westgate Heritage Action Zone was unveiled for the first time on buildings celebrating the rich and diverse heritage of the Westgate area. 

Saima Kaur presented her commissioned piece at Wakefield Cathedral, and invited visitors to create their own embroidered piece sharing their Small Acts of Kindness to add to the work. Melissa Pierce Murray who had been in residence with The Art House shared new sculptural pieces in Falling and Rising outdoors, which had been created in collaboration with Wakefield residents in The Ridings. 

Westgate Studio's had a one night exhibition of Bold paintings by Wakefield artist Helen Field, as well as studio holders opening their work spaces to visitors and Wakefield Art Group sharing their members work for the first time. Neon by Matty Townsend glowed in Everything Taken Care Of whilst visitors had a go at screen printing, and 32 new collaborative A1 artworks were created on the night with CoActive Arts in an interactive painting challenge.

Photography by David Lindsay. 

Ekaterina Sheath: Westgate's hidden stories - Commissioned by Upper Westgate Heritage Action Zone

Ekaterina Sheath: Westgate's hidden stories - Commissioned by Upper Westgate Heritage Action Zone

Melissa Pierce Murray: Falling and Rising at Wakefield Cathedral

Melissa Pierce Murray: Falling and Rising at Wakefield Cathedral

Melissa Pierce Murray: Falling and Rising at Wakefield Cathedral

Melissa Pierce Murray: Falling and Rising at Wakefield Cathedral

"It was so much fun to see the surprise on their faces when I would say: "You know when you look at art and think, 'I would do something different...' Well, this is your chance to remake the world as you want it!" And I'd hand them a piece of sculpture and off they would go with a look of wonder and and a glint of creative inspiration in their eyes" - Melissa Pierce Murray, Artist

Leeds Arts University MA Fine Art students: Twenty7 at The Art House

Leeds Arts University MA Fine Art students: Twenty7 at The Art House

Leeds Arts University MA Fine Art students: Twenty7 at The Art House

Leeds Arts University MA Fine Art students: Twenty7 at The Art House

Leeds Arts University MA Fine Art students: Twenty7 at The Art House

Leeds Arts University MA Fine Art students: Twenty7 at The Art House

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 and Library, Westgate Chapel, Everything Taken Care Of, CoActive Arts, West Yorkshire History Centre, Northern Fringe Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield, Alabamathirteen, Mohammad Barrangi, Leeds Arts University students, Ekaterina Sheath, Dreamtime Creative, Wakefield Art Club, Helen Field, Saima Kaur, Wakefield Council, Melissa Pierce Murray, Louise Barrett, Florence Hoy, Red Shed Players, Vince Law, Positive Mental Health Network, CMP (Claire) Smith, Makey Wakey and Studio of Sanctuary.

Artwalk highlights tour: alabamathirteen [on becoming a ghost…] at The Art House

Artwalk highlights tour: alabamathirteen [on becoming a ghost…] at The Art House

Mohammad Barrangi: Dreamland at The Art House

Mohammad Barrangi: Dreamland at The Art House

Screen printing Demo's at ETCO

Screen printing Demo's at ETCO

Westgate studios (Wakefield) art group

Westgate studios (Wakefield) art group

Westgate studios (Wakefield) art group

Westgate studios (Wakefield) art group

"People had fun, engaged and interacted with each other. People had a good experience of painting who before the challenge said things like they weren't good at Art and found the prospect daunting" - Venue

Saima Kaur: Small Acts of Kindness at Wakefield Cathedral, commissioned by The Art House

Saima Kaur: Small Acts of Kindness at Wakefield Cathedral, commissioned by The Art House

Saima Kaur: Small Acts of Kindness at Wakefield Cathedral, commissioned by The Art House

Saima Kaur: Small Acts of Kindness at Wakefield Cathedral, commissioned by The Art House

Ekaterina Sheath: Westgate's hidden stories - Commissioned by Upper Westgate Heritage Action Zone

Ekaterina Sheath: Westgate's hidden stories - Commissioned by Upper Westgate Heritage Action Zone

Ekaterina Sheath: Westgate's hidden stories - Commissioned by Upper Westgate Heritage Action Zone

Ekaterina Sheath: Westgate's hidden stories - Commissioned by Upper Westgate Heritage Action Zone

Anne Lister: In Her Words and Florence Hoy at WYHS

Anne Lister: In Her Words and Florence Hoy at WYHS

Anne Lister: In Her Words and Florence Hoy at WYHS

Anne Lister: In Her Words and Florence Hoy at WYHS

Anne Lister: In Her Words and Florence Hoy at WYHS

Anne Lister: In Her Words and Florence Hoy at WYHS

Studio of Sanctuary: Talk and Draw at The Ridings

Studio of Sanctuary: Talk and Draw at The Ridings

CoActive Arts: Bodies and Faces and Other Work at The Ridings

CoActive Arts: Bodies and Faces and Other Work at The Ridings

CoActive Arts: Bodies and Faces and Other Work at The Ridings

CoActive Arts: Bodies and Faces and Other Work at The Ridings

CMP (Claire) Smith: To my child, you are loved at The Ridings

CMP (Claire) Smith: To my child, you are loved at The Ridings

Red Shed Players and Vince Laws Shrouds

Red Shed Players and Vince Laws Shrouds

Studio of Sanctuary: Talk and Draw at The Ridings

Studio of Sanctuary: Talk and Draw at The Ridings

alabamathirteen: [on becoming a ghost…] at The Art House

alabamathirteen: [on becoming a ghost…] at The Art House

alabamathirteen: [on becoming a ghost…] at The Art House

alabamathirteen: [on becoming a ghost…] at The Art House

Jan Parsons: Coastal Abstracts at The Polka Hop

Jan Parsons: Coastal Abstracts at The Polka Hop

Studio of Sanctuary: Talk and Draw at The Ridings

Studio of Sanctuary: Talk and Draw at The Ridings

Artwalk highlights tour at The Art House

Artwalk highlights tour at The Art House

Darkroom Discovery evening at The Art House

Darkroom Discovery evening at The Art House

Leeds Arts University MA Fine Art students: Twenty7 at The Art House

Leeds Arts University MA Fine Art students: Twenty7 at The Art House

Saima Kaur: Small Acts of Kindness at Wakefield Cathedral, commissioned by The Art House for Artwalk Wakefield

Saima Kaur: Small Acts of Kindness at Wakefield Cathedral, commissioned by The Art House for Artwalk Wakefield

Helen Field: Bold at Westgate Studios

Helen Field: Bold at Westgate Studios

CoActive Arts: Bodies and Faces and Other Work at The Ridings

CoActive Arts: Bodies and Faces and Other Work at The Ridings

Wakefield Art Club at Westgate Studios

Wakefield Art Club at Westgate Studios

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