Sculpture Welcome Event – The Auguries (Last Calls) by Andy Holden

Calendar Icon Wed 09 Aug - Wed 09 Aug
Clock 11:00 - 18:30
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Enjoy a welcome event for The Auguries (Last Calls), celebrating the launch of this new sculpture.

11am – 4pm | Bird Sculptures

Visit Wakefield Museum’s Learning Zone to listen to birdsong as you create bird sculptures using paper and wire and explore creative mark making.  Take your bird to listen to a new soundscape inspired by the sculpture, created by local artist Tony Wade and members of Wakefield District Sight Aid. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

5:30pm – 6:30pm | Andy Holden and Peter Holden: Lecture on Birdsong with live accompaniment from Roger Illingworth (The Grubby Mitts)

Join Andy and Peter Holden in Create Cafe, to explore humankind’s fascination with interpreting birdsong, as well as the influence of avian music on poetry, music and visual art. The talk is structured around six walks, starting off in different directions from their house, echoing Charles Waterton‘s approach to observing nature that is close at hand. Their observations open up to speculations about the nature and science of birdsong, as well as thoughts about conservation and the decline of birdsong across the last fifty years. The talk discusses in detail a number of the species represented in his public sculpture for Wakefield, The Auguries (Last Calls), on display outside Wakefield One.

The Wakefield Sculpture Trail is an exciting series of sculptures across the city centre. The sculptures have been created by artists Annie Morris, Andy Holden, Halima Cassell, Jason Wilsher-Mills and Ro Robertson and are here for everyone to enjoy.  

Over the summer, explore the sculptures and take part in creative activities with a celebration event on Saturday 16 September to welcome the sculptures to their new home of Wakefield. 

Booking required for the Lecture on Birdsong – get FREE tickets here.

Venue opening hours

Monday : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday : 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Thursday : 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Friday : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday : 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday : Closed

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Sculpture Welcome Event – The Auguries (Last Calls) by Andy Holden

Venue Details

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Burton Street, Wakefield, WF1 2UP