Recommended route by Emily Ingham – Wakefield Resident, Mi Mye band member and keen Artwalker.
5 years ago I moved back to Wakefield after travelling and Artwalk was new to me then and very exciting.
I rarely miss one, and I like to do some planning ahead. So I start by looking at the website [www.artwalk.org.uk] and picking my favourite things, then I build a route around that.
This time my evening will probably be like this –
I live in St Johns so I’ll start at Snap Arts on Bond Street. This is exciting as they haven’t been part of Artwalk for a while.
Then I’ll head to Brews, Bites and Books to see what Helen Thomas is up to. We are in each others fan clubs as she is a great supporter of my band mi mye and I love her paintings.
Next will be Westgate Studios. I never check what is on here and always make it part of my itinerary as it’s big enough there’s usually something good to see, and if not, the tiny little pay what you feel pub will see you right.
Neon Workshop is always great. I just went to their amazing show at 7A which brought home how creative and brilliant Richard’s stuff is. Always excited to see what is on here.
The Art House is usually my first stop. This time it moved around because of Snap Arts being open again, but like Westgate Studios I like that you don’t necessarily have to choose whether to go or not, there will usually be something to enjoy. Pick up your wee free wine and have a wander.
I haven’t been to the new archives building yet so I’m excited it will be part of Artwalk this time, and I’m interested to see the work of people who have resettled from Pakistan and Kashmir.
So then while I’m in the neighbourhood I’ll go to the beautiful Chantry Chapel to see the miners project by Nicholas Vaughan.
Last but not least I will soak up some cool films at Now Serving and while away the rest of the evening there :)
If any of that seems too far to walk, don’t forget the Wakefield free bus runs every 10 minutes until 6.30pm with Artwalk-convenient stops at Wakefield One (for Wakefield Museum and The Art House), Westgate (for Westgate Studios and Now Serving), Kirkgate (for Archives and Chantry Chapel) and The Hepworth Gallery itself!
For more info visit their website here.
I hope you have a great time!!