Wednesday 24 November 2021
We returned on 24th November for the last Artwalk of the year, with 26 venues opening.
The Art House flooded Drury Lane with colour and projections of Fred Tschida's CIRCLESPHERE, and Wakefield Cathedral's labyrinth lit up with community lanterns made with Edgelands Arts as part of Light Up - Wakefield Council's new Festival of Light. Outside of the Cathedral, an empty shop glowed with Malgorzata Dawidek's new installation A NET OF EMOTIONS, commissioned by Artwalk Wakefield.
The Ridings Shopping Centre was a hub of activity, with Lucie MacGregor's new commission Footnotes installed on the middle floor as well as many Makey Wakey spaces opening their doors. Empty shops hosted pop-up exhibitions of work by Wakefield College students and local artists, Merrie Studios was taken over by Long Division for the evening where they launched their new Zine Waiting Game in collaboration with Emily Ryalls and hosted a pop-up shop, and CoActive Arts members shared their new performance Not so alone.
Westgate Studios celebrated women from Wakefield's history thanks to the Forgotten Women of Wakefield project as well as sharing a look into the artist studio across all 3 floors. The Theatre Royal gave backstage tours around it's listed building, and the history of Westgate and it's buildings was brought to life with a new self-guided audio tour commission by the Upper Westgate Heritage Action Zone.
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, The Ridings Shopping Centre, Theatre Royal Wakefield, Westgate Studios, The Polka Hop, Cathedral Kitchen, Wakefield Museum, Wakefield Girls High School, Northern Fringe Gallery, Crafting4Good, CoActive Arts, Neon Workshops 7A, Fred Tschida, Lucie MacGregor, Malgorzata Dawidek, Edgelands Arts, Wakefield Council's Cultural Development Team, Ekaterina Sheath, Westgate Heritage Action Zone, Imogen Milburn, Purple Faye, Dawn Bland, Long Division, Emily Ryalls, Forgotten Women of Wakefield, Helen Thomas, Jim Souper, Helen Riddle, Tony Wade, Lanson Moore, Sareth Gavage, Steve Petrovic, Wakefield College photography HND students, Dawn Blatherwick, Camphill Wakefield, Tatiana Hepplewhite and Bob & Don.
"I enjoyed the experience and made me look at Wakefield as a cultural place differently. There is a lot more going on under the surface than it immediately appears."
"It was my first artwalk, I was impressed with all aspects of the event, though as it was the first post-lockdown, chatting to people and asking others about their work, was ace."
"The turn out was wonderful. My friends and family loved it and seeing other people I’ve never met before coming in to see my work just filled my heart with love. I came away with a big smile on my face I can tell you that."