Recommended route by Lendita Xhemajli –
Artwalk Wakefield volunteer,
Lives in Leeds, Works in Wakefield.
This Artwalk on Wednesday 27 th March 2019 marks for me a whole year of
artwalking in Wakefield! I made my first visit in March last year and I have been a regular Artwalker ever since. I love the Artwalk so much so that now I
also support it by volunteering. I’m delighted to share with you my own route plan for this Artwalk.
Normally I plan my route by first visiting the artwalk website www.artwalk.org.uk to view what’s on and make note of the events I find the
sound of most interesting. Which is what I’m doing right now! Please download March’s Artwalk map to your phone from the website or pick up a
physical copy of it on the night. I will be getting a bus to Wakefield Bus Station this time, like most times, so I
want to first visit the Wakefield Cathedral to view Back Where You Came From exhibition of reflections on migration by people with current or past
experience of seeking sanctuary in Yorkshire.
I will then head over to Westgate Studios for their bi-monthly open studios
across the 3 floors. This is a venue I always try to fit into my walk as I love visiting artists in their studios, seeing what they’re working on and chat to
them about their work. There’s two exhibitions on; Barnsley Art Society on 1 st floor Big Room and artist Timid Elk in the Project Space on second floor. (While
on this floor (2 nd ) I will stop at The Prince Albert, smallest pub in Wakefield, to get my first drink of the evening to celebrate my 1 year Artwalking
anniversary!) Next I want to see the Dream Team Creative’s showcasing of the Forgotten Women of Wakefield at Theatre Royal. Their project promotes historical
women from city’s past as part of the Blue Plaque parity campaign.
I’m excited to then see sculptor Tony Heaton’s Residency Exhibition at The Art House, as well as work by the four Micro Commissions artists. (And get my one
free glass of wine!)
I’m liking the sound of Napoleon IVth’s inclusive experimental sound installations at Westgate Chapel. I will check this out next as well as The FM
Organ and photography works by Stewart W. Jackson before walking over to Boogie Woogie Bagel Bar for the 7.30pm-8.30pm music slot by student Maya
Sophia who plays piano and performs acoustic covers with a jazzy twist.
Lastly, I’m very interested to go and watch Now Serving does Blue Peter! An interactive art making session, creating sculptures live in the childhood
favourite after school television show manner. There will be special badges for participants too! I’m so getting involved! (Here will be a good time for one
more/last drink, I think!)
Happy artwalking everyone! I hope you’ll enjoy this route I’m recommending for this Artwalk. We will miss a lot of other cool events/venues but we will be
sure to visit them on the next Artwalk night!
All venues I’ve included are open 5pm-9pm with the exception of Now Serving which is open 7pm-Late and to catch Maya Sophia play there’s an additional
6pm-7pm slot. I wish to add for anyone that has not yet seen Magdalene Odundo: The Journey of Things exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield that it is
awesome! Catch it before 7pm on Artwalk night or any day 10am-5pm until 2 June. Don’t miss it!
Recommended Route venues numbered on the March Artwalk map: (12)
Wakefield Cathedral, (15) Westgate Studios, (11) Theatre Royal, (1) The Art
House, (14) Westgate Chapel, (2) Boogie Woogie Bagel Bar, (8) Now Serving