WE ARE is a social enterprise based in Wakefield which provides opportunities and platforms for artists and creatives through collaborative projects. WE ARE is run by Amy Lilley and Lucy Norton, two recent graduates who since returning to wakefield after university have made it their aim to enrich wakefield’s creative scene, curate engaging events and projects and to provide space and opportunities for emerging artists.
We are a long-standing (30 years) club presenting the best in modern and contemporary jazz in a Sports Club venue which works remarkably well for musicians and audience alike. Gigs are at 8:30pm on Friday nights with food available to order beforehand and a full bar. Within the genre we present an eclectic range of artists from the UK’s best and occasional international visitor.
Wakefield College is the largest college in the District and has an impressive track record, having provided education and training in Wakefield and its surrounding areas since 1868. Today, the College has its base in three major areas as well as delivering learning in community settings all over the district. Wakefield College is committed to working in partnership with local schools, employers and learning providers to transform learning, achievement and progression across the district. The College is home to over 10,000 students, of all ages and abilities, studying a broad range of courses, from pre-entry level through to higher education.
Unity Works is a Grade II Listed community focused Co-operative, home to two performance spaces including the impressive 750 capacity Victorian Major Hall, which hosts live music, comedy, club-nights and large-scale community events, whilst Unity Works as a whole is also home to 15 creative and digital businesses and Backstage Academy.
The Hepworth Wakefield is an award-winning art gallery in the heart of Yorkshire, set within Wakefield’s historic waterfront overlooking the River Calder. Designed by the acclaimed David Chipperfield Architects, the gallery opened in May 2011. Named after Barbara Hepworth, one of the most important artists of the 20th century who was born and brought up in Wakefield, the gallery presents major exhibitions of the best international modern and contemporary art and has dedicated galleries exploring Hepworth’s art and working process.
The Hepworth Wakefield is home to Wakefield’s art collection – an impressive compendium of modern British art, including works by Ben Nicholson, Partick Heron, L.S. Lowry, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore as well as work by significant contemporary artists such as Frank Auerbach, Maggi Hambling, Anthea Hamilton, Martin Parr and Eva Rothschild.
Theatre Royal Wakefield is a 499-seat Victorian theatre located in the heart of Wakefield City Centre. Along with a varied programme of family shows, music, musicals and pantomime, the theatre is dedicated to developing new drama writing by working with Creative Director and prolific playwright John Godber.
As well as producing and touring Godber’s work, Theatre Royal Wakefield produces a hugely successful annual Christmas pantomime and works with the theatre’s own Performance Academy students and talented young people from throughout West Yorkshire to produce professional standard youth musicals.
Horbury Community Centre Trust is a charitable organisation working with local residents, businesses and voluntary and community organisations to improve the lives of residents of Horbury and South Ossett. The Trust does this by providing a community centre, The Cluntergate Centre, with facilities for meetings, leisure and education. From 2016 the Centre will increase its focus on the arts and a programme of commissions and events is in preparation.
Time, Space and Support: The Art House provides opportunities, advocacy and effective support through the provision of accessible facilities and services to disabled, disadvantaged and non disabled artists to enable their talent and businesses to grow.
We do this through:
- Residencies and artist commissions
- Artist Mentoring, focused on artist development
- Artist-led sharing of best practice
- Exhibitions, workshops and events
One to One Development Trust is a arts/media charity who create exciting and innovative digital media, film and art based projects with communities, groups and organisations. Established in 1988 the organisation has a strong track record of meaningful and creative engagement with our clients and participants specialising within the fields of arts and health, heritage, research and digital fiction. We work uniquely across many digital platforms including documentary film making, games design and apps, print and online design, 3D and virtual reality storytelling.
Long Division is Wakefield’s largest annual music and culture festival. It was created in 2011 and has taken place in 25 different venues across the city centre since then. It has brought large internationally touring artists such as British Sea Power, The Fall, Ash, Field Music, Ghostpoet and The Cribs (their only public hometown show on over ten years) to Wakefield and programmed them alongside emerging local talent. It has also used funding to develop Fringe events, including Live Album Recordings, workshops and industry Q&As and has also run Outreach events across the district.