The Artwalk is Wakefield’s alternative night out, as venues across the city stage visual arts and crafts, live music and performances. Theatre Royal Wakefield is one such venue, with the cafe space hosting exhibitions by local artists and groups.

Current Exhibition: Melanie England - Memories

Memories is an exhibition of upcycled wreaths created by 'The Sparkle Thief' Melanie England.

Melanie says: I must begin by saying I am not an artist, I am simply a granny with a shed. I enjoy creativity, upcycling and basically do not like this throwaway existence we currently live in. I am not an old fashioned fuddy duddy type of woman but I see so much beauty in the everyday beauty of the past.

With this in mind, when I was asked to hold this exhibition I decided to try and use the things I have in my house, which is also practical because I tend to save lots of so-called worthless junk in my beloved she-shed. I also just wanted to send out the message that I am not in any way shape or form a serious lady.

I had fun making everything you see in Memories - please have fun choosing your favourite creation.

Next Artwalk: Wednesday 31 May - Melanie England: Memories

Previous Exhibitions

Highfield School

Highfield School caters for students with severe learning difficulties and/or autistic spectrum conditions. The governers, staff and students at Highfield School share the vision to develop an outstanding school to cater for those vulnerable young people with special educational needs who require an environment which nurtures and develops their skills and talents, celebrates their individuality and supports them to become as independent as they can be and prepared for the next stage of their lives.

The work displayed was created by Key Stage 4 students who work towards achieving a Certificate in Creative, Media and Performance Arts at Entry Level 2 or 3, accredited by the Welsh Joint Board.

Students can choose modules in Drama, Music and Media and use a variety of stimuli to inspire them, including trips to Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth, as well as Theatre Royal Wakefield's pantomime.

EIYIA - Varelse

EIYIA, comprised of English artist Emily Anne England and Spanish artist Álvaro Lope Morales Quevedo, were inspired by Swedish literature and the historical Theatre Royal Wakefield building to create a collection of fantastical queens, goblins and magical creatures for this colourful exhibition.

Varelse means ‘creature’ in Swedish, and the artists worked to create a magical universe of intricate artworks, where fish have hair instead of scales and women have hair which turns into feathers. They also created a permanent mural for the theatre which can be seen in the cafe-bar.

If you’re interested in exhibiting at Theatre Royal Wakefield as part of the Artwalk, please email

Box Office: 01924 211 311

Minicom (text-type users): 01924 215 522

Theatre Royal Wakefield, Drury Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 2TE

Wakefield Theatre Royal and Opera House was designed by Frank Matcham and opened in 1894.