Given the wet and miserable weather which seems to have become a permanent fixture this winter, the thought of an evening city stroll is probably be the farthest thing from your mind right now. However, Wednesday 27 January might be the occasion to set such reluctance to one side and strike out on the first Wakefield Artwalk of 2016.
The Artwalk, which bills itself as “Wakefield's alternative night out”, is a long-established bi-monthly event which sees venues across the city centre open their doors for an
evening of informal exhibitions and activities. It includes the city's regular arts spaces – everything from small galleries via the Art House to the Hepworth – as well as a whole range of one-off venues: churches, cafes, pubs, offices and more. The idea is simple: download a map and guide, turn up at any of the participating places, then follow the trail in your own time and in whatever order you choose – and prepare to be surprised by what you find.
It's a smashing way in which to learn just
what a rich and varied range of artistic activity is taking place in Wakefield, often 'under the radar'. It's not a guided walk but it is a journey of discovery – and from the artists' point of view, it's also a great way to showcase (and sell!) their work.
Participating venues are open from 5pm to 9pm on Artwalk evenings and entry is free. The list of those taking part on 27 January has yet to be confirmed: check back here nearer the time or keep an eye on www.artwalk.org.uk for all to be revealed!