Artwalk Wakefield taking over shop windows to brighten up your daily walk

Artwalk Wakefield is taking over shop windows and showcasing the creative works of local artists, poets and musicians to brighten up your daily walk.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 12:30 pm
Artwalk Wakefield is taking over shop windows and showcasing the creative works of local artists, poets and musicians to brighten up your daily walk
Artwalk Wakefield is taking over shop windows and showcasing the creative works of local artists, poets and musicians to brighten up your daily walk

The project, entitled ‘IRL' (In Real Life), will launch on March 31 with an art trail of art posters displayed in the city centre's shops, businesses, and empty retail spaces.

Over 200 pieces of work were submitted after the ArtWalk Team issued an open call to Wakefield s creatives for the opportunity to have them showcased in poster form in shop windows.

Jen Garrick, Marketing and Communications Director at ArtWalk said: “It’s such an exciting time for us to do an ‘in real life’ event again, we’ve been missing them as much as our audience has.

Artwalk Wakefield is taking over shop windows and showcasing the creative works of local artists, poets and musicians to brighten up your daily walk

“We hope to demonstrate something entertaining through the art trail, but at the same time, showing off what Wakefield has to offer creatively across a whole range of artforms.

“It’s not just visual art - people have submitted so many amazing pieces, like music, poetry, forms of writing, film, paintings, collages, photographs and graphic design - every facet you can imagine.

“It just speaks as to how diverse, exciting and creative the community in Wakefield is.”

The team will be printing 61 posters for the trail.

Blown away by the amount of submissions, ArtWalk is also planning to show all of the submissions in a digital exhibition.

Via the ArtWalk website, art lovers will be able to access an interactive map, pinpointing specific locations of the art.

Jen said: “We expect some people will come across them by accident and some will actively go out exploring - there’s lots of different ways people will encounter the work.

“It’s just great to be part of celebrating Wakefield’s work with such a broad collection of styles, themes and ideas.

“Especially now many businesses are gearing up to reopen, ‘IRL’ will make the city centre active again in a way hasn't been able to be in long time

“We’ve all done enough daily walks, but this will add something different and spark a lot of joy in people.”

To get involved see their website and use hashtags #ArtWalk and#ArtWalkAtHome on social media