New Artworks for Wakefield Libraries

Edgelands Arts and Wakefield Council teamed up to secure £15,000 of funding from Arts Council England Grants for the Arts to create works of art with Wakefield participants and their families living with Dementia, and other visitors to the libraries, this summer.

Three new art works in three of the Wakefield District’s Libraries have now been installed. Three launch dates for the public to come and see the art works in each of the libraries have been set and all are welcome to attend.

Councillor Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “We were delighted to have been successful in bidding for this funding, and even more delighted with the results. The project has had a positive impact on everyone involved and leaves a lasting legacy for future visitors to the libraries”.

Artists, Helen Thomas and Tony Wade, from Edgelands Arts worked with the Active Minds groups and other library visitors at Normanton, Featherstone and Sandal Libraries to create the three unique and personal art works to compliment newly refurbished Dementia Friendly spaces in each library.

Tony Wade, Co-Artistic Director of Edgelands Arts said: “It has been a real pleasure to share memories of Wakefield communities and help the groups create these wonderful works of art. The enthusiasm for the project just grew and grew and, each week, we had more participants with some of the Active Minds group travelling between the libraries to continue their involvement”.

In Normanton, library visitors worked on a large silk painted wall hanging depicting Normanton Past and Present. A circular wall hanging, mapping memories of Featherstone, now brightens up the library’s entrance vestibule and, in Sandal Library, a landscape painting, on ceramic tiles, compliments the new Dementia Friendly Garden.

Participants, Keith and Sandra Greaves, said: “They are beautiful. We really enjoyed painting these pictures and tiles. We have never done anything like it before and would love to do some more. We did an amazing job with a lot of help from two talented artists. A big Thank you!”

Anyone interested in attending the launch events can simply arrive at each library at the time below.
Featherstone Library 10 am 19 October
Normanton Library 3pm 24 October
Sandal Library 10am 27 October

Alternatively, members of the public can just pop in to see them when the libraries are open.