ArtWalk is back making art and creativity accessible to all as you walk, through The Ridings Shopping Centre in Wakefield which connects to an outdoors walk onto the heart of Westgate and winds around our beautiful home city of Shakey Wakey, home to The ArtHouse.
From retail outlets to community hubs, creative arts workshops and free activities from table tennis to large indoor chess and an outdoor car park allotment – it’s rare that a shopping centre is home to such independent and creative flair, not to mention free performances from local talent, tea meet-ups for the elderly, mental health groups, crafts clubs, car boot sales and even an outdoor space for markets inside All Saints Yard.
That’s not to mention plenty of places to meet, craft and eat! And we return to our new base as we walk around the centre which has art, sculpture, nature and even Instagram-friendly angel wings for one of our favourite free events for all ages, The ArtWalk! From free workshops to exhibitions, to performances and art on offer to buy, enjoy and inspire – no one size fits all – and that’s what’s great about the diversity and friendliness of Yorkshire creatives!
HTTPS://YORKSHIREFAMILIES.CO.UK accessibility reporter Digitally Active Dan who attends CoActive Arts charity inside The Ridings, watches sport in the food court and loves performing will be participating in ArtWalk again this month with his self-advocacy group for adults with learning disabilities before a WordFest performance on Saturday inside The Ridings Make Space hub next to Poundland where CoActive and Stride Theatre are based!
Can you believe it’s that time again already…….?
Artwalk is back just a couple of months after the last one and here’s just some of what’s on this time:
One thing that could be of interest for people is on the top floor of the Ridings there is a self-advocacy group called Speak Out Go Out and they are going to be walking posters as they will wear something on their body to show what they are, and what they want to do, which is to be able to speak up for themselves and when they go out, they want to be safe and not bullied. Their unit is based on the floor where the Reel Cinema is and they will be there from 5-7pm as that’s the time they do their sessions.
Artwalk September 29th 2021
Fiona Grady – Meeting Points
Fiona Grady is a site-responsive artist. Her colourful geometric artworks are architectural interventions that transform the physical spaces they are situated within. Her new piece ‘Meeting Points’, commissioned by Artwalk Wakefield, is composed of translucent coloured vinyls and will be installed onto the skylight windows of Wakefield’s Ridings Shopping Centre.
A Walk in Wakefield is a new permanent mural in The Ridings Shopping Centre, created by artist Beth Morgan, inspired by the natural landscapes around Wakefield.
Commissioned by Artwalk Wakefield.
Look Up Westgate is a project led by Edgelands Arts on behalf of the Westgate Heritage Action Zone. Funded by Wakefield Council and Historic England.Communities from across the Westgate area have worked with Edgelands Arts to create images of buildings along the street. These have been turned into a series of coasters and vinyl window stickers, which can be seen and collected in various locations on Westgate and the immediate vicinity.
Mohammad Barrangi is a UK-based illustrator, printmaker and athlete originally from Iran. Barrangi’s work combines Persian calligraphy, storytelling, text, and touches of humour. The inspiration for this mural, On The Path To Happiness, comes from Barrangi’s lived experience of immigration and the welcome he received in Wakefield from organisations such as Wakefield Cathedral and The Art House.
Artist Ranya Abdulateef is honouring our local refuse collectors in a new textile art work exhibited in the atrium case at Wakefield One. The piece has been created through the use of some recycled fabric and various textile techniques such as quilting, hand embroidery and printing, incorporating personal stories of the worker
A World of Good is a new exhibition based around the work of pioneering 19th century environmentalist Charles Waterton, who built the world’s first nature reserve. The exhibition is a multimedia experience of sculpture and sound, featuring paper sculptures by local artist Andy Singleton, animated by Charlotte Blacker, and a newly commissioned film about Charles Waterton’s nature park. Talented singer/songwriter Ali Bullivent will also be performing her new song, The Earth is Singing.
2SureThreads – ‘Women’s Work’
Head to 2SureThreads’ Stitch Stack in The Ridings this September Artwalk for an exhibition of antique, vintage and contemporary stitched works and accessories. They will be inviting visitors to jot down any memories the pieces evoke and add them to the display.
The Art House and Neon Workshops have partnered to bring the work of neon artist Fred Tschida to Europe for the first time ‘CIRCLESPHERE’ marks ten years since Neon Workshops was established in Wakefield, and 20 years since its founder – artist Richard William Wheater – was introduced to Fred Tschida’s alternative explorations in neon, as his student at Alfred University.
We are a peer led arts and wellbeing group offering a space to create, relax and chat. For the September Artwalk we will be opening our doors in our new Makey Wakey space, showcasing artwork by some of our members and discussing the work we do.
This September Artwalk, Spectrum People, Dawn Bland and Adrian Atkinson will be displaying a selection of art works created during a series of Art Groups which they have run throughout Summer 2021 at The Art House. A celebration exhibition of the work participants have created in response to their recovery journeys overcoming barriers from a range of issues including childhood trauma, on-going mental health difficulties, addiction, social isolation and more.
Leaf, Line, Lump is a collaborative project with young people from Rycroft Leisure and local artists Helen Thomas and Julia McKinlay. This project is part of Yorkshire Sculpture International’s Summer Programme supported by Wakefield Council as part of Festival of the Earth.
A display of artwork produced by 160 Wakefield school pupils aged 7 to 14 as part of a competition launched by Wakefield SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education) with the theme of Where is God?
More information can be found on artwalkwakefield.co.uk
Supporting independent creativity in Wakefield
Since launching in 2008, Artwalk has offered Wakefield’s creative community opportunities to exhibit their work, meet, and sell to a growing number of visitors.
A bi-monthly evening of art, performance, music, heritage and socialising, the events are hosted across a variety of independent venues in Wakefield City Centre (when allowed by government guidelines) and via our website and social media platforms online. Artwalk offers a range of free events for all to enjoy, but it also gives our creative community a vital opportunity to share their work, meet fellow artists and connect with audiences.
Like many other cultural festivals, events and venues, throughout 2020 and early 2021, Artwalk Wakefield had to adapt our programme to a virtual one. But that hasn’t stopped us from shining a spotlight on local artists, celebrating inspirational projects and giving our communities access to art and culture for free.