We Are - Wood Street Studios
Our Rosie has been busy working on a project for WE ARE in Wakefield. WE ARE is a social enterprise that provides opportunities for emerging creatives and a platform for collaborative projects. Based in and around the area of Wakefield, the aim of the project is to encourage and grow Wakefield's creative scene by showing the work of local people in interesting spaces. For the Wood Street Studios project WE ARE have unlocked five empty shops on Wood Street in Wakefield for artists and collectives to use as free studio space. After and initial open call out WE ARE selected 7 different artists and collectives to take over the spaces. For 2 weeks these artists have the opportunity to transform Wood Street into open artist studios and create new work in response to the space.
The aim of the project is to create a really positive atmosphere on Wood Street, having 7 artists working there over 2 weeks will bring a real creative impact to the area whilst also giving these emerging artists a platform and free space to develop their practise and exhibit work to the public. WE ARE invite the public to visit these studios from 23rd July to see the artists at work and on the exhibition preview night on the 27th July during the Artwalk (www.artwalk.org.uk) from 5pm - 9pm.
The Artists and their planned projects: Jessica Kendall will be creating new sculptural work during her time in the space. Amy Hall is a jewellery maker who will be making new work and using it as a space to sell her jewellery on the 27th July. Hannah Wilson & Josie Simpson are creating a gallery space together showing and creating collaborative work before they head of to university this year. Rachel Watson & Kate Green are creating a series of short films based around Wood Street and will be showing final film on the 27th July from 5pm. Rosie Booth will be working on new sculptural pieces, creating intricate patterns onto sheets of metal using a bradawl and mallet.
Lisa-Marie Dickinson is creating new work in 11a Wood Street spreading positivity around wood street in response to the recent EU refurendum. Reece Chopping & Katie Lavin are fine artists who are using their time in 24 Wood Street to explore the human Form, transforming the shop into a life drawing studio. WOOD STREET STUDIOS Saturday 16th - Saturday 30th July Open Studios - 23rd - 30th Artwalk night: 27th July 5-9pm For more info visit: http://www.weareprojects.org/woodstreetstudios/