Purple Faye Art Adventure: Wakefield Artwalk 31st Jan 2018

Last Wednesday (31st january 2018) was the first Wakefield Artwalk of the year. This year is a special year for the Artwalk as it celebrates it’s 10 year anniversary.

Here’s what I got up to on the night….

I started by visiting Neon Workshops to see the new rooftop installation by Richard William Wheater ‘Black Hole’.

“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 owrkshops, a company that has fabricated a lot of neon text of 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.”

Next I walked up to the new Unity Social Pop Up Cafe Bar to see the work of local artists Dave Foley and Jamie Oldroyd. They were inviting people to participate in making art by contributing to unfinished paintings.

From there I went over to the Theater Royal Wakefield cafe to see Jan Parsons work and then on to the Art House to see all the work that was on display there.

This included the Wakefield Arts Partnership Collaborative Commissions by Holly Rowan, Joseph Jackson, Yoke (Annie Nelson and Chris Woodward) and Emma Papworth. The Artist in Residence Exhibition by Rich White and Working Landscape collaborative event with Peak, an arts organisation based in the Black Mountains.

The last destination was Westgate studios to see the exhibition by Antje Rayner and the new Wakefield Art Club. The clay sculpture Unicorn and pinch pot that I’d made with them the day before was on display, which was a nice surprise.

The next Artwalk this year is the last Wednesday of March (28th) where I’ll be exhibiting my work in one of the empty Westgate studios (like I did last year which you can read about here)

Hope to see you there

Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x



Art Adventure – Wakefield Artwalk September 27th 2017

On Wednesday 27th September 2017 from 5pm-10pm it was the Artwalk in Wakefield. There was lots to see and I didn’t get round to see it all but for those of you that couldn’t make it, or were busy with your own exhibitions on the night so couldn’t see what everyone else was up to, here are a few pics to give you a taste of what you missed.

First stop was Chantry Chapel for the ceramic exhibition and art fair featuring studio pottery by Linda Bulleyment, Brain Holding and Galea Belinscaia. Next I headed to The Cathedral Centre to see the hand felted and stitched self portraits of artist Helen Riddle.

Then to the Cathedral itself for Patterns of Praise by Grace Love

By the time I came out of the Cathedral the weather had taken a turn for the worse so I made my was through the drizzle up to SNAP Arts in time to hear the artist talk by Roger Gardner of his exhibition Equivalence. This was followed by some poetry readings by Steven B Williams.

Next stop through the rain was The Art House to see The Secret Garden exhibition of photographs by Phil Dabbs plus the work of the graduate artists in residence and solo residency exhibition Nudging Meteors by Gobscure.

Thankfully it was only a quick walk over to Unity Works & Jordans Solicitors to see the work of textile artist Jan Millington and photographer Danny Day.

Then another short walk to the Theatre Royal Wakefield for the Senseless exhibition by EIYIA. “The artist group EIYA show the entrails of their first book, and everything that has been created around it.”

I then headed to Neon Workshops to see Animating Neon by Michael Flechtner. “See the LA artist’s collection of neon headwear, themed around his interest in our use of symbols and language in modern day culture.”

Finally I managed to find Crux to see how the large mural by Jenna Coulthard was coming along.


By now I was looking a bit like a drowned rat and it was past 9pm so I called it a night and went home to get dry.

Sorry to all those that I didn’t get round to seeing, I hope you all had a good evening.

The next Artwalk is Wednesday 29th November 5pm-9pm and the next art adventure for me will be Light Night Leeds on Thursday 5th/Friday 6th October 2017 (next week).

You can read about my adventure to last years Light NIght Leeds here.


As always, till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye x



Pontefract artist Purple Faye solo exhibition at the Theatre Royal Wakefield 22nd August – 12th September 2017

The Theatre Royal Wakefield will be showing an exhibition of 3D acrylic paintings made by the Pontefract based artist Purple Faye.

Purple Faye transforms ordinary cardboard boxes and modroc, plaster of Paris in bandages, into beautiful 3D acrylic paintings that are tactile, sculptural and unique.

This solo exhibition shows a variety of subject matter showcasing the technique. Including planes, trains, buildings, dogs, flowers and elephants. The artworks are for sale, contact the artist directly to do so, info@purplefaye.co.uk.

A selection of cards/prints and kits to try the technique to make a 3D picture for yourself are available to buy directly from the theatre.

“The exhibition is looking great. I think the work looks great in the space” Exhibition organiser Emily England.

The exhibition will run from August 22nd until September 12th 2017 in the café area on the corner of the building. It will be open subject to show opening times. Check with the box office or theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk for more details.

Box Office: 01924 211 311

Theatre Royal Wakefield

Drury Lane


West Yorkshire



Find out more about the artist on purplefaye.co.uk




Pontefract Artist Purple Faye at Wakefield Westgate Studios: Demo and Artwalk

On Tuesday 25th July 2017 I performed a demonstration of how I make my 3D acrylic paintings for Wakefield Art Club. Lasting for 2 hours, from 7pm-9pm with a 15min tea break interval half way through, I started by showing them the process of drawing the design on the cardboard, then cutting it out and layering it to make it 3D. Next I showed them how I use modroc to cover the cardboard and create texture. I was making a Highland cow so I could show several techniques of manipulating the modroc to make different textures. The modroc needed more than 15mins to dry in the interval so I’d fetched along one that I’d prepared earlier so I could show them the next stage of painting it with acrylic paint.


I really enjoyed it, and I had lots of nice comments saying that the audience enjoyed it too. so if anyone else would like me to come to your art club etc to show how I make my 3D acrylic paintings then please get in touch.

info @purplefaye.co.uk

I can also do workshops too so you can try it for yourself.

When I arrived at Wakefield Westgate Studios, where the demonstration was taking place, I was let in by the owner Carl Hardwick. He told me that there was an empty studio available for the Artwalk taking place the next day if I wanted to use it.

Even though it was a bit late notice, less than a day away, I had fetched quite a lot of my work to show at the demonstration  so I could leave it in the studio overnight. This was really helpful and meant I had less things to fetch and carry the next day.



Wakefield Artwalk takes place every other month, January March May July September November, on the last Wednesday of that month. Lots of different venues are involved, but not all the venues take place in every one, showing a variety of different art exhibitions, open studios, talks and much more. You can see previous Artwalk outings in my blog posts about them here, here and here or type artwalk into the search bar.

I was pleased with how I got the studio looking in a short space of time and I had lots of nice comments from the visitors that came in. I even had a couple of enquiries about workshops and demonstrations and was able to do some more research into what templates people would like to see for my make your own 3D picture kits too.

So overall a productive and successful couple of days.

Let me know in the comments below what you would like me to make a template of so you can make your own 3D picture.

I look forward to seeing what you put.


Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye x




Pontefract Artist Purple Faye at Holmfirth Artweek 2nd-8th July 2017

Starting at 10am on Sunday 2nd July and finishing at 5pm on Saturday the 8th of July in Holmfirth Civic Hall, the main exhibition, Holmfirth Artweek is one of the UK’s largest open art exhibitions. This year was my third year taking part, you can read about the preparation for it and my first and second years there in previous blog posts here, here and here.

This year I had two of my 3D acrylic paintings in the main exhibition and it was the first year that I put some of my cards and framed prints in the market too.

On the Thursday and Friday, 6th and 7th July 2017, I took part in the artist demonstrations. I’d done these in previous years too, the first year was just an afternoon and last year was for one day, so I had some idea of what to expect and was looking forward to them. I was looking forward to seeing the other artists demonstrations as much as I was looking forward to doing my own.

I’d decided that on the first day I would do the cardboard and modroc stages then leave them to dry overnight and paint them on the second day.

I’ll show more in depth work in progress shots of each of them and explain more about them too in seperate blog posts. This is just a brief overview so you can get an idea of what I got up to.

On the second day I had to have a bit of a shuffle about to make room for the artist who was going next to me.

I was also able to have some of my cards and framed prints on another table in the demo area too, just across from where I was so I could keep an eye on it.

Both the days passed really quickly and it wasn’t long until I was back on Saturday afternoon to collect anything that hadn’t sold. Sadly that was everything, but I’d still enjoyed it and have already been told that I can demo there on the Friday and Saturday next year so I’ll see you there!


Holmfirth Artweek is run by volunteers so I’d like to say a big thank you to them all for all their hard work in making it run as smoothly as it did.

Find out more on holmfirthartweek.org.uk


Any questions?

Just ask in the comments below.


Till next time,

take care.

Purple Faye x




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



Purple Faye Art Adventure: Disobedient Bodies JW Anderson curates The Hepworth Wakefield

On Saturday (8th April 2017) after visiting the Spring Market and other exhibitions at The Hepworth Wakefield I finally went to see the Disobedient Bodies exhibition. it’s something that I’d been wanting to go see since opening night but hadn’t been able to yet. I’d seen quite a bit on social media from people who went to opening night, plus I follow The Hepworth Wakefield on Instagram etc too, which had given me an idea of what is was going to be like. But even in these pics that I’ve taken trying to give an overall impression of what it’s like to experience it as an exhibition as a whole, rather than just individual pieces, I still don’t think they convey get quite how intimate yet vast the whole thing feels to be there.

When I walked in I was immediately impressed and enjoyed the way JW Anderson had used fabric to section off the space. This meant that you were teased with glimpses of what was beyond in the next space while alson taking in what was there in the space with you. It’s not something I’d seen used before and personally I think it worked well.

I also liked spotting the quotes on the floor too.

The items don’t have information alongside them, telling you what it’s called, who made it etc, instead there’s a directory booklet at the extrance that you pick up which has all the information in instead.

It made me feel like I was playing a game of treasure hunt, or spot the artwork, going round looking in the directory spotting each piece and figuring out which one it was, there were numbers to help identify them though. But I still went round the exhibtion twice. Once without the directory where I took the pics and enjoyed just looking at everything without knowing much about it.

I then went to one of the seating areas looking out towards the Chantry Chapel and went through the directory, taking pics of each page (which I’ve included below with the rest of the pics) before going round again. As much as I do like knowing the information behind the piece I did like the cleaness of not having the information next to everything cluttering the space up, so I think the directory booklet was a good idea.

As you can probably tell I really enjoyed this exhibition, it’s on until the 8th of June so if you do get chance to go then I recommend that you do. More info at the end.

Disobedient Bodies: JW Anderson Curates The Hepworth Wakefield

18 March – 18 June 2017

This major exhibition sees Jonathan Anderson, one of the world’s most innovative contemporary fashion designers, exploring the human form in art, fashion and design.

A personal selection of sculptures are on display, alongside notable fashion pieces and objects of craft and design, investigating the way the human form has been reconceived by artists and designers across the 20th and 21st centuries.

The selection is shaped by Anderson’s long-standing passion for modern art (from the mid-20th century) and the underlying questions of gender that have been posed by his own fashion collections at JW Anderson

Figurative sculptures by artists including Jean Arp, Louise Bourgeois, Lynn Chadwick, Naum Gabo, Barbara Hepworth, Sarah Lucas, Henry Moore, Magali Reus and Dorothea Tanning are in direct dialogue with fashion pieces by designers such as Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Rei Kawakubo of Commes des Garçons, Helmut Lang and Issey Miyake.

The exhibition also features a new series of photographs by Jamie Hawkesworth who Dazed describe as ‘one of the most visionary fashion photographers working today’. Hawkesworth worked in the gallery with 123 Yorkshire school children wearing fashion pieces by designers including Issy Miyake and Vivienne Westwood. Find out more

Anderson has collaborated with Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald of 6a architects to present this exhibition, which unfolds across the galleries, offering a series of contrasting experiences for you to explore.


Jonathan Anderson was born in Northern Ireland in 1984 and studied menswear at the London College of Fashion. He established his label JW Anderson in 2008 with a menswear collection. In 2010 he launched a capsule collection for women, quickly achieving critical acclaim and commercial success.

JW Anderson is regarded as one of London’s most forward thinking brands, with a unique design aesthetic that offers a modern interpretation of masculinity and femininity. In 2013 investment by LVMH Moet Hennessy further cemented JW Anderson’s status as a rising, new generation brand. In the same year Jonathan was appointed Creative Director of Loewe and works on both brands in tandem.

JW Anderson has evolved into an internationally renowned and award-winning brand. Awards include British  Fashion Award for ‘Emerging Talent, Ready-to-Wear’ (2012), ‘The New Establishment Award’ (2013) and ‘Menswear Designer of the Year’ (2014). He was also the first designer to win both womenswear and menswear designer in the same year at the British Fashion Awards (2015).  

The Hepworth Wakefield
Gallery Walk
Wakefield, West Yorkshire


Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Closed Mondays, except local school holidays and bank holiday Monday


Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye x