A Manifesto For A New Wakefield
A Manifesto For A New Wakefield” is an Arts Council funded project conceived and delivered by Long Division. Working with thirteen Wakefield based artists across multiple mediums, the project seeks to celebrate the new and the local and in doing so explore a future for grassroots creativity in the city. The 13 pieces of work will be debuted during Long Division Festival (beginning with Wakefield Artwalk) and be later compiled into a printed book alongside work and articles exploring Long Division’s wider vision that will lead into 2019s festival.
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The Revolution of Everyday Life (Wakefield Revolutionary Force)
Fifty years ago, the streets of Paris were covered with posters created by art students to fuel the revolutionary protests of May-June,1968. As a prelude to their forthcoming artistic performance as part of the Long Division festival, the art collective @.ac (www.attackdotorg.com) will be flyposting various sites across the city with images that attempt to bring Wakefield in 2018 and the Paris of 1968 into a radical dialogue, via the seductive power of Rock ‘n’ Roll. These posters will recirculate original images from the ‘French May’ around the streets and walls of Wakefield, posted in arrangements designed to evoke the activist art of the 1960s, particularly the work of the French artist Daniel Buren. At the same time, these poster-interventions are also designed to connote the aesthetic of the guerrilla marketing of rock ‘n’ roll gigs on the walls of music venues and city streets. Fragments of song lyrics from 1968 should be recognisable within these poster works, emphasising the continuing revolutionary potential of youth culture, particularly popular music. This is not intended as a nostalgic lament for a lost revolutionary zeitgeist, but as a catalyst for a critical debate about politics and Wakefield today. In dedication to the recently published ‘Manifesto for a New Wakefield’ these poster works also are an homage to the long forgotten, but influential, local activist band, the Wakefield Revolutionary Force.
Fifty years ago, the Parisien streets were scrawled with slogans like ‘Under the paving stones, the beach” [Sous les pavés, la plage], and “We are all German-Jews” [Nous sommes tous des Juifs-Allemands]. In 2018, @.ac and Long Division say we are all Wakey-Parisiens and we are taking everyone to the beach.
Location: Various places around the city – keep your eyes peeled!
Drawing the crowd
Mr & Mrs C’s
Illustrations by John Welding
John is a professional illustrator who lives and works in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. He has 20+ years drawing experience for comic strips, book illustration, museum interpretation and theatre design. On a good day he likes to draw direct with pen and ink and watercolour in a sketchbook. Visit Mr & Mrs C’s to see a selection of his original works of Wakefield, ahead of John creating a series of live illustrations that will capture the energy, atmosphere and quirky moments of Long Division festival.
Timings: Open from 10am – 8pm on 30th May
At Wakefield Beer Exchange
Photography by Mark Ratcliffe
Mark Ratcliffe is a photographer interested in documentation, with a recent focus to capture his own locality. “Local Colour” is the result of his most recent project, supported by Long Division as part of their ‘Manifesto for a New Wakefield’ project. Mark has documented the people of Wakefield and neighbouring towns going about their daily lives. By capturing his subjects in the same documentary style using bright, saturated colours and displaying them side by side, he brings together an array of local characters who represent the varying aspects of a fast changing community.Places photographed include Wakefield, Castleford, Pontefract, Featherstone and South Elmsall.
Timings: Exhibition Wednesday 30th May – Sunday 22nd July. Opening times on Wednesday 30th 4pm – Midnight.
Are you becoming who you thought you were going to be?
The Art House – external wall on Mulberry Way
Nicholas and Alexandra Vaughan
As part of the larger project of “Grassy Slag Heaps”, taking place in Wakefield from September 2018, and in response to A Manifesto for a New Wakefield, Nicholas & Alexandra Vaughan takeover of an empty wall in town. On it, a long strip of etching, a landscape cross section of Wakefield, an artistic view travelling through its past, present, and future. An invitation for walkers-by to take stock and ask of themselves and of the city: Are you becoming who you thought you were going to be?
Nicholas Vaughan is a visual artist with a varied practice from sculpture to drawing and installations, often developing fictional texts to illustrate his artwork.
Alexandra Vaughan is a creative freelancer who has project manged art exhibitions and artists round tables. She loves dabbling with words.
Visible words from invisible people
by Richard Wheater
Over a ten week period in 2012, a group from the city’s homeless community worked with artist Richard Wheater, on a project that aimed to develop their visual language through light, to communicate their predicament to the wider public. The results were a series of extraordinary neon signs. As part of Long Divisions ‘Manifesto for a New Wakefield’ these 4 signs will be installing in shop windows around Wakefield for a month.
Locations: 28 Wood Street, Wakefield Beer Exchange, The Bank – 40 Westgate and 4 Almshouse Lane
Timings: Launching Artwalk night, on show for a month
Where Do We Go From Here?
The Art House
Performance by The Merry West Collective
“When change is on the horizon it is up to you – no one else, YOU – to decide what to do. You either can grab it with both hands and embrace it, or just do nothing and let it pass you by.”
Where Do We Go From Here? will consist of 2 short performances repeated throughout the day in familiar Wakefield City Centre locations. Each piece will bring a focus on pivotal moments of change in everyday situations. You are invited to gather round and watch and listen as conversations unfold and decisions are made.
The Merry West Collective was set up by creatives from Wakefield. The aim of the collective is a platform to collaborate with other writers, actors and filmmakers to create work that tells everyday stories and relatable situations. Recent work includes short films and theatre performances.
Twitter – @TheMerryWest
Facebook – The Merry West Collective