Public Art


Culture is embedded in Wakefield’s DNA

Wakefield district is renowned across the world as home to major cultural institutions such as The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. But it is the people, the heritage and the great diversity of Wakefield district that are at the heart of its cultural riches.

Public Art is no longer a single art form, such as a sculpture in a town square to be simply viewed. Public Art is now an exciting, engaging and interactive world of community gardens, murals, audio, video and light-based works projected onto buildings, one-off events, unexpected performances and pop-ups, festivals and workshops that take place in any location where the public can access them including parks, town squares, on and inside buildings.

  Read the Public Art Framework (PDF) here
  Read the Guide to Developing Murals and 2D Artwork here



Public Art opportunities including paid employment, funding, topical news and more

Hepworth, Moore and more: an arty weekend in Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Hepworth, Moore and more: an arty weekend in Wakefield, West Yorkshire

This former industrial powerhouse has a lot to feast your eyes on.
A rendered image of plans for the Annie Morris Sculpture outside the West Yorkshire History Centre in Wakefield. It is a colourful stack of different sized circles.

First Look at Sculptures for New City Centre Trail

Wakefield Council reveal artwork for a new sculpture trail guiding people on a journey of discovery through the city centre.



Public Art events including showcase, networking and training

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Free online training for creative professionals

Whether you’re a beginner or already an expert, making time for professional learning creates opportunity to upskill, reskill or expand your horizons. We’ve teamed up with Future Learn to offer FREE learning opportunities for local creative professionals. This online learning platform offers a wide range of short courses, bitesize, flexible learning delivered by top universities and specialist organisations.

Here we feature a selection of courses, to discover more go to: Browse Free Online Courses - FutureLearn

How it works – if you’re a Creative Network Member simply contact us at and tell us what short course you want to study and why. We’ll give you a voucher code which you can redeem against any short course enabling you learn at your own pace and in your own way. Not yet a member? Sign up today: Our Network - Creative Wakefield

Please note you can only use vouchers for free access to Short Courses. Expert Track, Micro credentials and Online Degrees are not included in this scheme.



Meet the Artists

Wakefield district & the wider West Yorkshire Region is home to many exciting and innovative creative professionals see Members Directory - Creative Wakefield.
Here we feature the artists who were commissioned to create work for the new Sculpture Trail for Wakefield City and outdoor gallery on the hoardings of Wakefield Exchange.



See the work

11 local creatives received small scale commissions to gain experience in Public Art. Their work is exhibited on the hoardings outside Wakefield Exchange and Wakefield One.

A new Sculpture Trail for Wakefield City commissioned by Wakefield Council and enabled by investment from Department of Culture Media & Sport administered by Arts Council England. To find out more and see a map of the Trail go to: Sculpture Trail | Experience Wakefield.