Home, Street, City: Finding Sanctuary in Wakefield

26 May 2021 - 19 June 2021

Home, Street, City celebrates artwork made by people across Wakefield during the Covid-19 lockdown, exploring experiences and memories of their homes and neighbourhoods.

Brought together from classrooms and hotel rooms, bedroom floors and kitchen tables, posters by pupils from Lawefield Primary School and Urban House will be shown alongside drawings by our Creative Age group who have continued to meet via Zoom during lockdown. The conclusion of projects including ‘Our Street’ and ‘We Make Wakefield’.”

The exhibition will launch to coincide with Artwalk Wakefield in May and will grow to include new work by local artists and Studio of Sanctuary groups which will be unveiled during Refugee Week 2021.

We Cannot Walk Alone is the theme of Refugee Week 2021. The challenges of the past year have exposed deep inequalities between us, including housing, income and access to healthcare.

But the pandemic has also reminded us how intertwined our lives are, how important it is to treasure human connection, online or in person, and how much creative activity can help us through difficult times. Home, Street, City is a celebration of this creative spirit and the ways in which people of all ages across Wakefield have held onto a sense of togetherness through these challenging times.

We Make Wakefield

We Make Wakefield is a series of creative projects designed by Wakefield based artists and designers for The Art House’s Studio of Sanctuary programme.

The project encourages children from different migrant backgrounds to start thinking creatively about the district we live in. The second project in the We Make Wakefield series was designed and produced by artist Ellie Way. As part of the project, children were invited to create their own Wakefield poster, inspired by Ellie Way’s own Wakefield Travel Posters.

Head to The Art House’s gallery space this Artwalk, Wednesday 26 May, to make your own Wakefield poster, referencing a place that is special to you or taking inspiration from our exhibition of Ellie Way’s travel posters. Suitable for all ages, materials provided by The Art House.

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