Celebration of the life of artist and teacher David Wright

David Wright
David Wright

The life and work of an acclaimed artist and teacher will be celebrated this month.

David Wright was a former head of art and design at Wakefield College for 21 years, ran the “Wakefield Art’s Mill” studios and gallery near Chantry Bridge for ten years, and was a member of Friends of Wakefield Art Gallery.

David Wright as a young artist in the 1960s

David Wright as a young artist in the 1960s

Mr Wright died aged 83 in May following a short illness.

Now his family and friends are gathering to remember him on August 31 at Bradford University and at The Art’s Mill at Hebden Bridge.

Wakefield School of Art colleague Martin Bates described Mr Wright as an energetic and dedicated boss who steadily built up the department from 1972.

Mr Bates added: “He was a passionate believer in the value of the arts in education - he organised theatrical events, concerts, and shows of paintings, photography, sculpture and craftwork. He encouraged liaisons with Wakefield schools and involvement with local arts events.”

In the 20 years since his retirement Mr Wright produced a most impressive body of work. This culminated in a large solo exhibition of his work in the National Gallery of Pakistan in Islamabad in 2009. And more than 45 of his works are on permanent display at Bradford University.

Mr Wright was still working up to two or three days before he died. He is survived by his wife Judy, daughters Dominique and Georgia and sons Jacob and Joss.