JANUARY SALE Subscribe for just £5 today CLICK HERE

Combining art and walking in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 20:31 26 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:33 20 February 2013

Wakefield art walkers take in a temporary installation by a Leeds student group

Wakefield art walkers take in a temporary installation by a Leeds student group

A great painting can send your pulse racing, but can a trip round a gallery ever be classed as a workout?

A great painting can send your pulse racing, but can a trip round a gallery ever be classed as a workout?

The answer is now a resounding yes if you live in Wakefield, Leeds and Sheffield, where people with a healthy interest in culture can indulge their passion while on an art walk.

Every other month, venues across Wakefield come alive with a variety of visual arts and crafts, live music and performances, said Elinor Unwin, Artists in Wakefield project manager. Everyone is welcome, as long as they slip on some comfy shoes.

Wakefield art walk was inspired by a pioneering project in Seattle, set up to inspire both artists and visitors to stretch themselves and take a more active role in their local culture.

Its now become a popular, successful and regular part of the cultural scene here in Wakefield, said Elinor. It provides an alternative night out and attracts a broad spectrum of society who want to celebrate the arts in an informal and more accessible way. Its about bringing grassroots art activity to the fore and creating a sense of community.

Art walkers meet every other month throughout the year (the next is on July 25th), taking in a wide gamut of exhibition spaces from traditional galleries to historic buildings, cafes, bars and retail outlets on routes that usually take about four hours to complete.

Leeds art walk is a monthly tour of exhibitions across the city led by artist Amelia Crouch and Pavilion, which is a Leeds-based commissioning organisation.

The curator, artist or member of the gallery staff provides a short introduction at each venue, said Amelia. The walk offers art lovers a whistle-stop tour of the pick-of-the-month exhibitions, providing a fantastic opportunity to meet fellow art enthusiasts as well as experience the best of visual art in the city.

This vim and vigour is reflected in the south of the region by the work of Art in the Park, a Sheffield-based community art charity that regularly hosts walks to encourage people to take a much closer look at the many cultural highlights in their own neighbourhoods.

They run four walks a year, most recently venturing through the citys green spaces, starting in Weston Park and finishing in the managed woodland of Ponderosa.

Vsit artwalk.org.uk (Wakefield), pavilion.org.uk (Leeds) and artinthepark.org.uk (Sheffield).



The print version of this article appeared in the July 2012 issue of Yorkshire Life

We can deliver a copy direct to your door order online here

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Yorkshire Life