Onto The Streets Commissions Announced

We’re delighted to be able to announce our commissions for our Arts Council England supported “Onto The Streets” project for 2019.

After the success and great fun we had in 2018 with “A Manifesto For A New Wakefield” we simply had to continue to find a creative way to support local and emerging artists. Some were directly commissioned, whilst others successfully applied through our Seed Fund. Let’s take a look at nine brilliant pieces of work that will be enlivening Long Division Festival this year…

Some commissions will be in place for the full duration of the festival. These include a brand new piece of work from poet Matt Abbott, entitled Repeated Subtraction. Matt was involved way back in 2011 at the first Long Division and since found great success with numerous projects, including his Two Little Ducks show and a current Nationwide Advert filmed in Wakefield and referencing a certain city festival (cheers Matt). This new work will feature new poems as odes to former music spaces in the city, and will be displayed in empty shop windows.

We worked with Neon Workshops in 2018 to exhibit a previous project that never got a public viewing. This year we have directly commissioned a brand new piece of work to celebrate a simple but vital declaration, referencing one of our top performers in 2019… It took will reside in a large empty shop space, opposite Jolly Boys Tap.

Mappa Music is a brand new project by artist Helen Thomas. Over the last few months she has been collecting memories of great Wakefield musicians past and present and will create a huge re-imagining of Wakefield city centre, with artists names taking the place of our road names. A playful and fun celebration of what makes a city, it will be on display at 21 Northgate for the duration of the festival (across from The Bull Ring).

Our final Festival long piece is a brand new mural by treasured local artist Seanna Doonan. Creating a large piece reflecting the city and the people within, it is a fine example of Onto The Streets in action. It will be unveiled in time for Wakefield Artwalk o the first day of Long Division Festival.

The Cathedral may not be in use as a regular venue this year (a real shame) but it will be taken over by sound and visual artist Napoleon IIIrd, presenting his new work Buildings. Combining performance and an in situ exhibition, it will explore sound as a structural, physical thing. Accessible on Saturday June 1st from 12pm – 6pm with performances at 3:30pm and 5:30pm.

We’re delighted to also be working with One To One Development Trust on Saturday June 1st. We are always excited about new ways to document the festival and our city, so 360 Snapshots, creating fully immersive 360 degree film that can be experienced in VR is pretty special to us. It’s great to support this new step for an amazing and longstanding organisation. If you see their complex (to us!) camera setups around the city, give them a wave!

We’d love to support more Theatre at Long Division, so we’re delighted to have commissioned a new piece from Eleanor Aldous (Actor, writer and member of Cuckoo’s Egg Theatre group) which will take place around the Central Marque area, also on June 1st. Working with a talented youth cast from Wakefield, the piece will explore themes of climate change. Be sure to catch one of the four performances.

We’re really interested in capturing the people of Long Division, and of Wakefield. Shot By Stan will deliver a fun and quirky way to do this through his Mugshots project on Saturday June 1st. Combining his revered photography skills with the concept of old police mugshots of Bowie, Elvis et al, we’ll create a rogue’s gallery of Wakefield’s own usual suspects!

Finally, our family friendly Sunday will be documented in a suitably quirky way via the Chronicle project. A mobile film and drawing cart will wander the precinct looking for helpers to create a visually exciting, Wakefield-made film / animation of the city, to later be released to the public.

All these activities are free to attend and enjoy!