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!


Confirmed dates for the Artwalk 2011:
  1. January 26th
  2. March 30th
  3. May 25th
  4. July 27th
  5. September 28th
  6. November 30th
The Artwalk event runs on the last Wednesday of every other month from 5pm to 9pm, but please check with indiviudal venues as times may vary.


New for 2011

Welcome to the first e-newsletter for the Artwalk 2011. You'll find dates for all of this year's Artwalk events to the left of this introduction - a perfect way to get entries filling up in that shiny new diary you got for Christmas!  

Building on the success of previous year's we're pleased to announce that two brand new venues have officially joined the Artwalk, Chantry Chapel and Jordans Solicitors, who will be taking part from January and March respectively. For details of exhibitions programmed at Chantry Chapel and those of our long-time friends, please see the listings below.

Although nothing is programmed for the January Artwalk, The Hepworth Wakefield, DIVA, Bevelo and Trad Music continue to be Artwalk venues, so watch this space for Artwalk events happening there later in the year. In the meantime we wish the team at The Hepworth all the best with their final preparations for the BIG launch.

Other news...
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Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday 26th January!

The Artwalk Team

The Art House

Tim Knowles
Circular Delivery

The Artwalk will play host to the opening night of Tim's exhibiton, supported by an artist's talk. Circular Delivery consists of an animated film created by chance. A digital camera placed inside a parcel, looking out from a small hole, captures images every 10 seconds to record the parcels journey through the postal system. 

Workshop Exhibition
Work created by artists in the Low Tech Videowork workshop led by local, internationally renowned artist, Victoria Lucas, will be projected on to the exterior windows of The Art House.

Community Group Exhibitions
Work by two local groups - The Alzheimer's Society and Wakefield Visually Impaired Group - who make use of The Art House Community Studio will be on display.

Hemsworth Community College
Artwalkers can contribute to the College's Lost Photographs project, by writing notes in response to photographs taken prior to the 1960s.

Time: 5pm - 9pm. Talk by artist Tim Knowles at 7pm
Where: Drury Lane, WF1 2TE
Further Info: Contact Heather Young or telephone 01924 377740

Green Room Cafe
Wakefield College Photography Students

First year Photography students from Wakefield College present their work on the theme of LOVE. With the arrival of Valentine’s Day and Pilot Theatre’s Romeo & Juliet at Theatre Royal Wakefield the Theatre asked that the work reflects the students’ thoughts and feelings about love and what love means to them. Some students will be on hand during the evening to discuss their work, their methods and their inspirations.

Time: 5pm - 9pm
Where: Theatre Royal Wakefield, Drury Lane, WF1 2TE
Further info: Contact Janine Heseltine or telephone 01924 334115

Art of Oak
Various Artists

Art of Oak will be extending their opening hours on the evening of the Artwalk, so that Artwalkers can enjoy work by a variety of local artists in this beautiful gallery space in the city centre.

Time: 5pm - 9pm
Where: 7 Tammy Hall Street, WF1 2SX

Chantry Chapel

Jan Millington
Journey Through the Past

Jan's exhibition travels into the recent and ancient past. Through paintings, drawings and textile work the artist celebrates the work of our ancestors who hewed coal, with pieces that connect mining communities to those ancient life-forms whose deaths gave us the energy of the last three centuries.

Time: 5pm - 9pm
Where: Chantry Bridge, WF1 5DJ

Space@55 Westgate

Alice Fox, Nigel Morgan and Phil Legard
Fifteen Images (Le Jardin Pluvieux)

Textiles and Music Interact, a research-into-practice team led by composer Nigel Morgan, present the exhibition Fifteen Images (La Jardin Pluvieux) at this month's Artwalk. This hour-long contemplation on the garden of a 17th century Quaker Meeting House brings together a composer, a textile artist, a technologist and a jazz pianist to create a gentle adventure in real-time music and image integration. Artwalkers will have the opportunity to see Alice's original artwork for Fifteen Images in textile print, appliqué and stitch. This will be accompanied by a continuous digital presentation by technologist Phil Legard, telling the story of this unique multi-disciplinary project and demonstrating his digital animations of Alice Fox’s textile images set against the original algorithmic soundtrack by Nigel Morgan. 

Time: 5pm - 9pm
Where: 55 Westgate, WF1 3BW
Further Info: Further information on the project and exhibition is provided via this link

Wakefield Cathedral

The People of Wakefield District
Harvesting Our Hopes and Memories

Harvesting our Hopes and Memories’ is an intergenerational art project displaying 5,000 clay sculptures made by the people of Wakefield District. The project was inspired by Antony Gormley’s Field for the British Isles.  All participants, from schools and community groups have made their own clay model during intergenerational workshops run by Generation Xchange to symbolise their own hopes and memories.  The exhibition represents the ethos of the whole project; older and younger generations coming together to help build a more cohesive community.

Time: 5pm - 9pm
Where: Westmorland Street, WF1 1PJ

Harry's Bar

Jason Batley and Karen Tyall
Seasonal Changes

Between January 2010 and January 2011, Jason and Karen spent most Sundays photographing the local area, predominantly focusing on Wakefield and Huddersfield districts. Seasonal Changes presents a sample of their work over that year, combining in-camera technology, craft and advanced post-processing, to portray the beauty of these locations. Their images show an acute awareness not only of the textural qualities of the environment, but also the subtleties of light changes which affect the mood of the viewer.

Time: Exhibition opens 5pm
Where: 107 Westgate, WF1 1EL


John Welding
The Battle of Wakefield

This month the Museum are celebrating the end of their current temporary exhibition The Battle of Wakefield, by inviting illustrator John Welding to help visitors explore his latest work created especially for The Battle of Wakefield. Artwalkers can also take the opportunity to explore Welding’s sketch books and have a go at recreating some of his illustrations whilst gaining some tips from the artist himself.

Time: 5pm - 9pm
Where: Wood Street, WF1 2EW

RIBA Yorkshire White Rose Awards 2010

This exhibition showcases design excellence in architecture and the built environment throughout the Yorkshire region. The awards, launched in 1986, highlight the excellent work produced by architects and their teams, they demonstrate the importance of good quality architecture and urban design in contemporary society, and also show how good architecture is integral to the economy of the region. Wakefield’s very own Navigation Warehouse, by Building Design Partnership, won a Silver White Rose Award and the Conservation Award.

Time: 5pm - 9pm
Where: Back Lane, WF1 2TG

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