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.

The next Artwalk is on 25 March 2020.

Previous Exhibitions

Purple Faye

Purple Faye is the business name for artist Faye Johnson. Working from her studio in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, each tactile, sculptural and unique 3D acrylic painting is hand made by her from scratch, featuring animals, buildings, flowers and vehicles as their subject matter. 3D acrylic paintings start with the design being drawn onto a piece of cardboard that has been cut to the same size as the canvas to be used. Working from photographs, especially if it’s something specific (an animal, building, vehicle or a commissioned design)

Purple Faye first used the 3D acrylic painting technique at high school as part of her GCSE Art final work. She then went on to study Fine Art Printmaking, Graphic Design and a Foundation Degree in Art and Design at Selby College. She completed a BA (Hons) degree in Contemporary Creative Practice (Art and Design) at Leeds Metropolitan University. Throughout her time studying she tried various different techniques and mediums before returning to 3D acrylic paintings a few years later after discovering her old GSCE Artwork in her parents loft and being reminded of the technique.

Work is available for sale directly from the artist, contact You can commission order your very own unique 3D Acrylic Painting to be made especially for you. Purple Faye is available for demonstrations and workshops can be arranged so you can make your very own 3D Acrylic Painting with Purple Faye. Kits are available too.

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 Janine Heseltine.

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.