Creative Challenge


Creative Challenge 2020


Creative Challenge 2020, managed by Wakefield council and funded by Cultural Development Fund, was launched in response to the Coronavirus pandemic and its devastating impact on creative sector.  


On 23 March 2020, the UK entered its first national Lockdown in response to the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic. Local artists who had suddenly lost their work and their income were invited to apply for Creative Challenge grant funding, designed to respond to the impact Covid-19 on the district and our communities, and to work with some of our most isolated communities where possible, with a creative approach.

The grants supported 17 creatives and cultural organisations from across our district and ranged from £1k to £10k. The total investment was c. £55k, sustaining 226 working days for local creatives. The projects took place across our district in Wakefield, Castleford Central and Glasshoughton, Altofts and Whitwood, South Elmsall and South Kirkby, Crofton Ryhill and Walton, and online.

The upcoming Together & Apart exhibition will showcase all 17 projects. 

Together & Apart
10-20 June 2021
Open daily 10am-4pm
Former Market Hall, Union Street, Wakefield, WF1 3AE
The exhibition is free to attend and advance booking is not required.
*The former Market Hall is Covid-secure and measures will be in place to ensure the safety of all artists, staff and visitors to the space*

Find out more:

Tony Wade

A Place for Places

Tony Wade

A series of 40 paintings during Tony’s daily exercise walks in Wakefield.

Meet the Creative:

Agbrigg Together

Agbrigg Together

CoActive Arts

Promoting wellbeing through home craft kits for Slow Stitching and Creative Cloth during Lockdown.

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Birdsong Soul Song

Birdsong Soul Song

Ali Bullivent

A new composition, with additional choral arrangement and soundscape by Wakefield musician Ali Bullivent.

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Covid Conversations

Covid Conversations

Bev Adams

Five puppetry films featuring verbatim accounts of Wakefield people’s experience of the pandemic.

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Creative Connections

Creative Connections

Spectrum People

Creative therapeutic support that individuals led by Spectrum People starting in Lockdown 1.0 and continuing throughout the year.

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foh-toh

foh-toh

Amy Lilley, Lucy Norton and Emily Ryalls

A documentary photography project engaging 69 residents from across the Wakefield District.

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Letters from Lockdown

Letters from Lockdown

Sure Threads

Promoting wellbeing through home craft kits for Slow Stitching and Creative Cloth during Lockdown.

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Life Lessons

Life Lessons

Phoetry

A photography and poetry project led by Wakefield creatives Paul Bateson and Mark Ratcliffe.

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Living in Lockdown

Living in Lockdown

CAPA College

Three performing arts short films were created by external artists working with CAPA College students during lockdown.

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Eastmoor Community Project

One Voice Online

Eastmoor Community Project

Bringing young people together to create, through the exploration of music and song. Improving wellbeing and encouraging future artistic growth during Lockdown.

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Our Diary

Our Diary

Merrie Collective

A documentary photography project uniting early career photographers from across the Wakefield District.

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Rachel List Mural

Pontefract Murals

Rachel List

Rachel painted murals around Pontefract, and people then used these paintings to complete their daily exercise walks in the first lockdown.

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Sing and Breathe @ Home

Sing and Breathe @ Home

Social-i-Sing

Supporting adults experiencing long-term lung conditions through online group sessions

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Stories in isolation

Stories in Isolation

Rhubarb Design House

Rhubarb Design House had an open call to the people of Wakefield for their stories and experiences of the first lockdown from all over Wakefield.

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Stories of Insight

Stories of Insight

One to One Development Trust

A series of podcasts from members of Wakefield District Sight Aid who share life and lockdown stories.

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Stride Connections

Stride Connections

Stride Theatre

Supporting children and families experiencing isolation during lockdown through online creative activities.

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Seanna Doonan

Wakefield Unmasked

Seanna Doonan

Seanna has created a series of illustrations, and a wall hanging, that show specifically how Wakefield has handled the experience of the pandemic.

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Advance Business Support

Thanks to the Cultural Development Fund, Creative England has been commissioned by Wakefield District Council to deliver Advance, an exciting new opportunity for the creative sector in Wakefield and beyond. Find out more here

The Creative Wakefield Framework

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