Artwalk

Since launching in 2008, Artwalk has offered Wakefield’s creative community opportunities to exhibit their work, meet, and sell to a growing number of visitors.

A bi-monthly evening of art, performance, music, heritage and socialising, Wakefield Cathedral (and Cathedral Kitchen) are proud to be two of the venues in Wakefield City Centre supporting these events by hosting artwork in our sites.

A free event to attend, alongside the artwork on display we often have family friendly activities to take part in throughout the evening as well.

Visit the Artwalk Wakefield website to find out more.

Upcoming Artwalk - Wednesday 26 January, 17:00-21:00

A Calder River Journey
by Mark Russell, on display in Wakefield Cathedral

About the Artist:

Mark Russell is a West Yorkshire based photographer. His journey began after completing a Photography HND from Berkshire College of Art and Design in 1996. This led to working on the Cruise ships, then as freelance from 2001. More recently in 2019 he completed a top-up degree in Photography at Leeds City College.

The display in the artists words:

The photographic display is a personal reflection of the river, past and present. The route starts in Calderdale, via Wakefield, ending as it flows into the river Aire.

My approach was also influenced by the Canticle of brother Sun prayer, where St Francis seems to bring nature to a higher light: “Praised be to you my Lord, with all your creators, especially brother Sun.” “Praised be to you sister water, which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.”

At each location I chose to focus on what was presented, in its different forms:

Firstly the currents, whirlpools and water ripples, as the river separates into two main channels.

Secondly the geese washing on the river bank.

Thirdly the small tree without its leaves, though the empty nests were remaining.

Fourthly, an oak tree that seemed to have grown over towards the opposite riverside.

Fifthly the mill reflection that reminded me of traveling to college in Dewsbury on the train.

Sixthly, the weir outside Wakefield as part of the Calder and Hebble navigation canal route.

Seventhly the river broadens out and meets with another river, its ending marked by the life and darker lighting tones.

Each location invites the viewer to have a moment of reflection themselves.

Small Wanderings
by Jan Parsons, on display in Cathedral Kitchen

Jan Parsons is a local Wakefield artist and teacher. She paints abstract landscapes inspired by her many walks in the beautiful countryside surrounding the city of Wakefield.

Her work, featured here on display in Wakefield Cathedral Kitchen, is from her recent series of paintings “Small Wanderings”, a collection of work painted using acrylic and collage on birch wood panels.


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