Wakefield Artwalk

31.01.2018 to 31.01.2018

Take a walk on the wild side and experience Wakefield’s alternative night out! Every other month, venues across Wakefield come alive with a variety of visual arts and crafts, live music, and performances. All are welcome, so slip on some comfy shoes and come and enjoy the art on offer whilst you explore our city.

10 Years of Wakefield Artwalk


2018 marks the 10 year anniversary of the Artwalk and the city's arts venues are primed to celebrate. Join us for a truly exciting year of art activity!

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January's Artwalk features;


Rich White: Artist in Residence Exhibition

Join The Art House for the opening night of an exhibition showcasing the work of Artist in Residence, Rich White.

Typically White’s installation work looks at “location, sense of place and the relationships that develop between people and their environment.” In a departure from the practice he has developed over the last 20 years, White has worked predominantly with photography and ink on paper throughout his residency; conceptually exploring the nature of his own practice through his geographical exploration of Wakefield.

Where: The Art House

When: 5 – 9pm

Working Landscape by Peak

Working Landscape is the first of a series of collaborative events between Peak, an arts organisation based in the Black Mountains and The Art House, Wakefield. The screening programme introduces the work of Peak Collective, a community of artists, writers and filmmakers living and working in the Black Mountains and recent Peak artist-in-residence, Rebecca Chesney. The works provide shifting encounters with place observed at rest and whilst walking, driving and from the air. Day shifts into night; industrial legacies, idyllic landscapes and contemporary technologies collide.

Featuring work from Susan Adams, Edwin Burdis, Stefhan Caddick, Rebecca Chesney, Morag Colquhoun, Anna Falcini, Penny Hallas, Islet/Ewan Jones Morris, Siôn Marshall-Waters, Chris Nurse and Helen Sear.

Where: The Art House

When: 6 – 7pm

Wakefield Arts Partnership Collaborative Commissions

In the latest from Wakefield Arts Partnership, WE ARE and The Art House present 4 micro-commissions from local artists and collectives.

Featuring work from Holly Rowan Hesson, Joseph Jackson, Yoke (Annie Nelson and Chris Woodward) and Emma Papworth.

Where: The Art House

When: 5 – 9pm

Screening - My Personal Space

Following workshops at the gallery last year, students from Pennine Camphill Community have collaborated with Stride Theatre to devise a performance piece called My Personal Space. Students and staff will present a film of their performance during Wakefield
Artwalk and introduce the project to visitors. Free, no need to book.

Where: The Hepworth Wakefield

When: 5 – 6pm

Celebration - Daughters of Necessity: Serena Korda & Wakefield’s Ceramics

Join artist Serena Korda and The Hepworth Wakefield Director Simon Wallis for a celebration of our exhibition Daughters of Necessity: Serena Korda & Wakefield’s Ceramics, which brings together recent works by Serena Korda with ceramics she has selected from The Hepworth Wakefield’s rich and eclectic collection. The event will feature speeches and a performance of Korda’s piece Hold Fast, Stand Sure, I Scream a Revolution.

Where: The Hepworth Wakefield

When: 6.15 – 7pm

Jan Parsons

Theatre Royal Wakefield are pleased to present an exhibition of limited edition prints from landscape painter Jan Parsons in their café. 

Where: Theatre Royal Wakefield

When: 5 – 9pm

Monstera Deliciosa by Neon Workshops

A temporary installation of neon flora.

Where: Wakefield Beer Exchange

When: 5 – 9pm

Black Hole by Richard William Wheater

Black hole is the third instalment from the artist’s ongoing rooftop neon text series called ‘Things People Say’.

Over a period of four years, certain phrases of conversation were logged by Wheater. Usually in social settings and under the influence of alcohol, to ensure such statements were non-contrived, honest and flippant, almost unconsciously voiced. 

Destined to be forgotten within moments, now the phrase, the person’s name who said it, time, date and location have all been laboriously fabricated and displayed in neon on a roof top for a twelve month period.

Wheater is the founder of Neon Workshops, a company that has fabricated a lot of neon text over the years, for a number of very successful artists. 

Things People Say responds to this experience, suggesting that everyone can say something worthy of a large neon installation, arguing that the importance of a statement is often purely the contextual shoulders that it stands on. The work questions our growing obsession in worshiping the individual.

Where: Neon Workshops roof

When: Dusk - Dawn, from 31st January 2018

Long Division Festival: Line Up Announcement Event

Join Long Division Festival as it makes its first announcements for this summer's Festival. There will also be opportunity for Artists to speak to the team about its Seed Fund Programme, which is offering up to £250 for the creation of new works.

Where: Jolly Boys Café Bar

When: 7 – 9pm

Upside Down: Original music inspired by Stranger Things from The School of Popular Music, Wakefield College: First year degree students

Join Wakefield College for an evening of original music written by first year degree students that is themed around the extremely popular TV show of the minute – Stranger Things. You can expect immersive synth focused soundscapes and original songs inspired by the source music of the show.

Where: 7A, Thornes Mill, Denby Dale Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 7AZ

When: Show starts at 7pm

Unity Social Pop Up Cafe Bar

This Artwalk, pop up cafe bar Unity Social present the work of local artists Dave Foley and Jamie Oldroyd alongside live music from local singer songwriter, Stu Pot.

Where: Unity Works, Westgate, Wakefield, WF1 1EP

When: Starts at 8pm

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