Art Adventure: Wakefield Artwalk 28th September 2016

On Wednesday 28th September (2016) I went to Wakefield for the Artwalk 5pm-9pm. The past couple of Artwalks (May and July)  I’d been taking part in events (including my solo exhibition at Chantry Chapel for May’s Artwalk that you can read about in the blog post I wrote about it) so wasn’t able to see what everyone else was up to. This time I didn’t want to do that so I could experience the Artwalk like I had in March (you can read the blog post about that one here)

“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

First stop was the Chantry Chapel to see Rachel Richardson (@bobshaped) and the set of 12 prints that she made while she was artist in residence at Wakefield Cathedral during the renovation of the east end. I was a bit early to see the photographs of Mark Richardson (who was also exhibiting at Chantry Chapel) as he was still setting up when I got there just after 5pm but what I did get to see  looked good. I was hoping to pop back in at the end of the artwalk but unfortunately that didn’t happen as time ran away with me as it usually does on Artwalk.

Next I went up to The Picture Box Gallery to drop off some more of my 3D Print Greetings cards (these ones were framed too) and to make sure I was able to keep my work in there for the next 3 months. I even got some good news that I’d sold a few more of my 3D Print Greetings cards there too.

From The Picture Box Gallery I walked the short distance to Wakefield Cathedral to see the artwork by Manygates Art Group plus the prints and beautiful fused glass by children from local schools (and a bit more work from Rachel Richardson too).

Next I went to see the colourful abstract paintings of Lisa Robinson at the Wakefield Beer Exchange, followed by the high definition aluminium wall prints and tabletops by Peruso Art to life at Jordans Solicitors.

I knew that there was going to be lots of things to see at Westgate Studios, including more of Lisa Robinson’s work and a chance to speak to her in her studio, work by Wakefield Art Club including artist Ann Marie Day, an exhibition by Helen Field in the project space, “After in B4” which was a group exhibition including Lucy Morrison (who I went to see at The Great Yorkshire Show this year which you can read about here), Depression Support group art and poetry featuring work by Fiona Kearns (who’s work I went to see as part of the Leeds College of Art End of Year Show “Made here.”) There were also several artist studios open too so that’s where I headed to next.

After Westgate Studios I went to Unity Works to see the work by Luke Bartle, Sally Sallett and Maxine Wood, then across the road to Theatre Royal Wakefield for artist group EIYIA “presenting their magical world of dreamlike creatures in a special one-off exhibition Varelse”

EIYIA is a group of artists, born from the deepest love for art, for the thrill of being able to create ideas
that at first seem impossible, parallel to our reality, worlds that seem to seek answers to the most
complex questions we all ask ourselves. The members of EIYIA, inseparable for over four years now
are; Emily Anne England, a young women from England, who has slowly discovered between pages old
and faded, a rich universe of magic. Her work tries to display her love for detail, with a hidden emotion
created thanks to the rich pallet of colour, and along side her, Álvaro Lope Morales Quevedo, a Spanish
artist who has always felt distant from this world, with his works of art full of feeling, show what your
imagination can create, queens, goblins and magical creatures that seem born from Swedish literature.
Both lovers of the distant unknown always looking to create new proyects for the future to come.”

After the Theatre Royal Wakefield I headed to Westgate Chapel to see the exhibition of fabric collages “12 Moonths” by Jan Millington which depicted each moon of 2016 then on to The Art House.

Again I knew there was going to be lots to see at The Art House and I started by visiting the lovely Linda (Linda Bulleyment Ceramics) in her studio and had a good chat about stuff. She even very kindly gave me one of her beautiful raindeers as it was an outcast and she was just going to chuck it away otherwise. I then popped by Helen Thomas’s studio and Ann Balmforth’s before seeing the work by the graduate artists in residence Morgan Bodington (neon pink shadows and gold leaf cracks), Yvone Baines (string on floor) and Lisa Nash (sculptures). I finished by having a nice catch up with Mary Duggan (Contrary Mary Designs) and then back up to The Picture Box Gallery to see how their night had been.

 

The next Wakefield Artwalk is Wednesday 30th Novemeber 2016 5pm-9pm and is the last one of the year.

Till next time,

Take care

Purple Faye x

purplefaye.co.uk

 

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

purplefaye.co.uk