Artwalk is back!

After running their first in-person event since January 2020 a couple of month ago, Artwalk Wakefield will be back on Wednesday 28 July 2021!

Artwalk takes place on the last Wednesday of every other month and sees Wakefield venues open their doors to art lovers and culture enthusiasts, inviting them to enjoy an art trail of exhibitions and events throughout the Wakefield city centre.

From live music and artworks in windows to interactive exhibitions and workshops, the group of creatives behind Artwalk Wakefield is committed to showcasing local talent and making it accessible to the widest possible audience.

Back in May, audiences were treated to a collaborative conversation by local artist group ‘The Merrie Collective’ and were invited to see neon fireworks and rooftop art installations by Wakefield-based artist Richard Wheater. The Art House also held an event celebrating artwork made by people across Wakefield during the Covid-19 lockdown, exploring experiences and memories of their homes and neighbourhoods with the exhibition ‘Home, Street, City: Finding Sanctuary in Wakefield’.

So what can you expect this month? 2surethreads will present a further opportunity to see ‘Letters from Lockdown’, a piece recently exhibited at the ‘Together – Apart’ Exhibition. This time the cloths will be displayed alongside associated text, poems and images of work in progress, in their Makey Wakey space in The Ridings Shopping Centre.

Also at the Ridings, Fiona Grady, a site-responsive artist, will showcase colourful geometric artworks and architectural interventions that transform the physical spaces in which they are situated. Her new piece ‘Meeting Points’, commissioned by Artwalk Wakefield, is composed from translucent coloured vinyls and will be installed onto the skylight windows of Wakefield’s Ridings Shopping Centre.

Since autumn 2020 Helen Thomas has painted and sketched urban wild plants in corners of car parks, by path edges and on sites awaiting development in Wakefield for her most recent project Dandelions & Double Yellows, featured at this year’s Festival of the Earth. Artwalk commission ‘Dandelions and Double Yellows and…’ offers behind the scenes glimpse of Helen’s working process and will be on display at Wakefield Cathedral. The booklet features a specially commissioned text by Judith Tucker, and is illustrated with Helen’s paintings and photographs.

Dandelions & Double Yellows

From her studio in The Art House, Helen Riddle works in textiles, printmaking and illustration. She creates artworks and gifts by combining wet-felting, needle-felting, free-motion embroidery and stitch. Head to the Cathedral Kitchen in Wakefield Cathedral this Artwalk to see a selection of Helen’s work on display, as well as a chance to meet the artist to discuss her current projects.

And live music will be back of course; head over to Boogie Woogie Bagel Bar to enjoy a summer’s evening in their terrace area, with live music from Lucas Smith. Lucas Smith hails from Featherstone, and will bring a mix of folky fingerpicking originals and covers during two hour-long sessions at 6.15pm and 7.30pm.

There’s plenty more to this exciting programme so keep an eye on artwalk.org.uk/events/ for more information and pencil in the next dates for your diary: 28 July, 29 September and 24 November 2021!