Purple Faye Art adventure: Wakefield Artwalk 31st May 2017

Yesterday evening it was the Wakefield Artwalk again.

“Every other month, venues across Wakefield come alive with a variety of visual arts and crafts, live music, and performances”

As I missed the one in March, because I went to Amsterdam which you can read about in the blog post I wrote about it , I was looking forward to seeing what people were up to this time. I wasn’t disappointed, there was plenty to see and I had lots of inspiring chats with all the lovely people I met on the way. Even though I was trying to get round to see as much as I could at the same time too.

I started at the Chantry Chapel where I saw the colourful abstract work of Terence Fletcher and had a little chat with Brian Holding, I’d had my own exhibition there in last year’s May Artwalk which you can read about in my blog post here.  I then went over to The Hepworth. I don’t normally go to The Hepworth as part of the Artwalk because I can go there at other times and most of the other things on the artwalk are only open for the Artwalk so I go to see them while I can instead. But this time there was a curator talk on at 6pm, plus since I was last there, which you can read about here, they’ve got new Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore exhibitions on so I wanted to go see them too. And since it’s only over the road from the Chantry Chapel it was easy enough for me to go to.

The curator talk about the Gyorgy Gorgon work was really interesting and I really enjoyed going round The Hepworth when there was hardly anyone else there. Even though I’ve visited the Disobedient Bodies exhibition before, read about that here, I enjoyed it even more when there was no one else there. I kept seeing things that I didn’t remember seeing before, which could have just been my poor memory or that there weren’t people getting in the way this time. Either way I enjoyed it, so even if you’ve already been to see the exhibition I can recommend going to see it a second time, but you only have until the 18th June (Father’s day) to go to see it, so not long left.

Next I went into town to Wakefield Cathedral to see the Jacqui Parkinson: Good Grief! series of antique handkerchiefs stitched by the artist as an outpouring of grief exhibition. While I was there I was treated to a spinning wheel demonstration by the lovely Tracey too.

From there I walked round the corner following the signs to The Cathedral Centre to see the ‘Home’ exhibition of traditional and digital drawings by local artist Cameron Hopkins.

Next stop was Jordans Solicitors on King Street to see the Evinced works by Lora Caselli.

After that I went up to SNAP Arts (near the college) to see Louise Barrett: Wastelands solo exhibition of new works.

I wanted to see the Ella Holland Wall Mural again, it’s outside the Wakefield One building. She did it in October last year as part of her residency at The Art House, so on previous Artwalks it’s been dark when I’ve seen it. It was nice to see it in the daylight, even if someone has added their own contribution to it now too. You can see some pics of it in different lighting in the blog post I wrote about the January Artwalk.

I decided that I’d go down (the hill) to the Neon Workshops next to see the new neon and mixed media work by Richard William Wheater, then come back up to do the rest as I didn’t want to miss it by running out of time.

I then went to the Theatre Royal Wakefield and was really impressed with the Melanie England ‘Sparkle Thief’ Memories installation of upcycled hand made wreaths, giving new life to day to day items from the past. My favourite three were the ones with liquorice allsorts, painted toy soldiers and cotton reels.

Lastly I went to Unity Works to see Ronald Jackson’s ‘The Art of Rugby League’ exhibition, plus the paintings on slate of Jill Green and some of Lucy Fiona Morrison’s epic landscape paintings.

Then before I knew it it was after 9pm and I was too late to get to anywhere else but I left Wakefield in a great mood, feeling really positive after talking to people and looking forward to telling you all about it so you can go to the next one on the last Wednesday of July (the 26th).


Till next time,

Take care.


Purple Faye  x


Art Adventure: Wakefield Artwalk 30th March 2016

On Wednesday (3oth March 2016) we went to Wakefield for the Artwalk 5pm-9pm.

“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”  www.artwalk.org.uk

We started at the Well Woman Centre on King Street to see what the ladies there had made in their arts and craft classes then walked a bit further along to Jordans Solicitors to see the “Bubbles Series”paintings of Rachel Chapman.

Next stop was Snap Arts on Bond Street (near Wakefield College) to see the “Shakespeare 400” exhibition featuring the work of 20 artist and performers celebrating 400 years of the Bard.

From there we went to the Bull Ring to see the new gallery for local artists called The Picture Box Gallery. While we were there I asked about getting my 3D Acrylic Paintings exhibited there and it just so happened that a space was going to be available on the Friday if I wanted it. Obviously I jumped at the chance so now I’m pleased to say that you can now see and buy my work from there. (Yay!)

Next on the Artwalk we went to Wakefield Cathedral to see the “History Repeats in the East End” by Rachel Richardson which looked amazing in the Cathedral space. After he’d had a cup of tea we went over to Wakefield Beer Exchange to see the Sister Said “Oh, Natural” group exhibition of 10 artists showing their own unique perspective of what it means to be natural. (Including the work of Louisa Foley who’s work we saw at Munrow House Gallery, Leeds a few weeks ago. Read the blog post about it here). Apparently they have very nice beer there too. Once he’d enjoyed the beer there we popped next door to Iris to see the work of Thomas Dyson. Unfortunately we didn’t feel that this was a very accessable place in terms of seeing the art on the Artwalk. It seemed to be a very nice restaurant but in terms of just going in to see the art we found it difficult. It wasn’t a big space and the art was hung above the tables where people were eating and staff were trying to serve people so we just felt a bit awkward really and didn’t stay long. So unfortunatley I only saw the work for as long as it took to take a quick picture and that was it.

After the disappointing experience of Iris we walked down to Westgate Studios to see which artists had their studio doors open and the paintings of Paul Stone in the project/exhibition space. He had some lovely photorealistic paintings of donuts and lemons which were available to buy directly from the artist.

A little bit further down Westgate we popped into Unity Works to see the fab new “Trip into 3D” work of Brian Holding and the colourful “Yorkshire Life” exhibition of paintings by Linda Goulding. Then we crossed over the road to the Theatre Royal to see the photographs taken by pupils of Hemsworth Academy.

Next stop was Westgate Chapel to see the photographs of Paula Todd then over to The Arthouse to see which artists had their studios open. In particular I wanted to see the 8DayDraw project of Helen THomas, which I’d been following on twitter and looked even better in real life. The final stop was Harry’s Bar to see the photographs of Claire Maw, but that was so rammed full and dark that I couldn’t take any photos to show you. You’ll just have to go see them for yourself.

Here are the photos that I did manage to take over the course of the night…..


The next Wakefield Artwalk will be on Wednesday 25th May and you will be able to come see me and my 3D Acrylic Paintings at the Chantry Chapel (near the Hepworth Gallery) 5pm-9pm aswell as being able to see my work in The Picture Box Gallery on the Bull Ring.

For a full list of the venues and more information see artwalk.org.uk

I look forward to seeing you then.

Till next time,

Take care

Purple Faye x