2022 funded projects

About our 2022 funded projects

 Two participants in one of Grow Wakefield’s woodworking workshops. They each have their back to the camera and are working on their respective projects. Photo credit: Grow Wakefield – David Lindsay

Please find on this page a list of the funded grants from Culture Grants 2022, arranged by project type in categories: Access, Community events and festivals, Crafts, Film, Heritage, Literature, Music, Performing arts, Visual art and sculpture.

In 2022 we were very proud to have supported 49 projects with the Made in Wakefield and Culture Everywhere grants. This infographic (PDF) (accessible) illustrates some of the wonderful successes from Culture Grants 2022.


Hand on an oil painting Photo credit: Paolina Photography
  • Topsy Turvy Theatre (PDF) (Accessible) were supported to train new freelancers in Makaton and produce numerous resources with visually impaired audiences in mind, detailing the use of Makaton Symbols in their productions

Community Events and Festivals 

Musical act performing onstage in front of an outdoor crowd Photo credit: John Jowett
  • Apple Tree Community Group’s (PDF) (Accessible) project, 'Women Together', involved dance for wellbeing sessions, community family days, and developed local networks of women in Agbrigg, Portobello and Eastmoor

  • Ossett Town Centre Partnership produced Big Screen Ossett on Saturday 23 July 2022, a free family day of outdoor cinema in Ossett Town Centre

  • Portobello Community Forum ran Portobello Gala 2022, a full day of family fun at Castle Grove Park which featured entertainment, a DJ, craft workshop activities, and other fun activities for all ages

  • St Mary Magdalene's Church Outwood and St Anne's Church Wrenthorpe ran a series of events for The Queen's Platinum Jubilee, including a choir evening concert, an exhibition of young people's artwork from Pinderfields PRU, a flower arranging exhibition and children's crafts activities

  • Wakefield Music Collective were supported to run their 30th annual Clarence Park Festival, ‘Clarence Roars’, a 2-day free music festival with 2 stages, 22 bands and a DJ evening

  • Wakefield Pride organisers were supported to secure an Event Management Operational Order so that the 2022 event could be run safely for an increased number of attendees as the festival continues to grow


Three people doing arts and crafts at a table Photo credit: Ant Robling
  • Ackworth Needles and Pins held weekly community crafting sessions to produce over 2 kilometres of handmade bunting which was displayed around Ackworth for The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

  • Bring Me To Life - Women's Wellness CIC delivered a creative 'Journaling for Wellbeing' short course for women in Wakefield at The Ridings Shopping Centre, run by an NHS accredited wellbeing coach

  • Bring Me to Life - Women's Wellness CIC (PDF) (Accessible) ran 2 free evening courses of 8 workshops for women in Pontefract and Wakefield, in creative scrap-booking and journaling for wellbeing

  • Dream Time Creative CIC ran a series of 16 'Weaving the Strands' workshops as short courses for women in Wakefield to develop weaving and textile skills

  • Friends of Airedale Library ran a 6-week sewing class, the 'Airedale Sewing Bee', where a professional tutor helped the local community to develop sewing skills for creative projects

  • Grow Wakefield (PDF) (Accessible) delivered 56 weekly creative woodworking sessions at community workshops in Airedale and Outwood

  • Warwick Ahead Craft Group (PDF) (Accessible) were supported to provide monthly craft workshops led by professional artists for residents of Warwick Estate, in different techniques such as printing, pottery, textiles, and jewellery making


#WhatsUpWakefield - a zine about poetry and writing about mental health/illness Photo credit: David Lindsay
  • alabamathirteen launched the first 'Loose Screw Film Festival' with 4 new artist films that explored conversations around and lived experiences of mental health/illness


Three people examining an old document Photo credit: Ant Robling
  • Dipping Toes held 6 creative reminiscence workshop sessions for older people from Wakefield district which explored the senses to produce artworks for a final exhibition

  • Empath Action CIC (PDF) (Accessible) ran a History Research Club for participants to gain skills in researching family history and using historical archives

  • Friends of Castleford Library and artist Julie McCready co-produced with the local community a triptych textile wall hanging about the industrial heritage of Castleford, for display at Castleford Library

  • Wakefield Trinity Community Trust (PDF) (Accessible) ran a Rugby League reminiscence programme of weekly sessions for people living with dementia in Wakefield


Person doing a reading in front of a room of people Photo credit: Wakefield Council
  • Agbrigg Writers ran 6 storytelling sessions followed by a published anthology of Agbrigg autobiographical stories


Person performing on a stage Photo credit: David Lindsay
  • Ali Bullivent ran music making workshops for participants of all ages from diverse cultures to create music based on the themes of 'winter' and 'light' and share cultural traditions

  • Long Division CIC produced a Summer of Performances to bridge Long Division Festival and the new Wakefield Live Festival

Performing arts

Group of five people singing Photo credit: Andrew Benge
  • CoActive Arts (PDF) (Accessible) delivered 120 one-to-one development sessions in different arts mediums to artists with learning disabilities, resulting in a cabaret-style performance and an exhibition of creative writing

  • Edgelands Arts developed LuminArt, an illuminated walkabout puppetry show which featured as part of Light Up 2022 events across the district

  • Natalie Bellingham researched and developed material for a new theatre show, shared work in development stage, and offered a masterclass for local creatives

  • Sustain Wakefield engaged a group of their service users in 10 weeks of drama and singing workshops which resulted in a final performance and improved mental health

  • The Cluntergate Centre (PDF) (Accessible) worked with Red Ladder Theatre Company to bring 3 professional touring plays to 3 community venues in Castleford, Horbury, and South Kirkby, and provided 3 free 8-week performance courses to the local communities

  • Topsy Turvy Theatre (PDF) (Accessible) carried out a development and testing period to adapt 'Christopher's Bicycle', the final book in the 'Christopher Nibble' series by Charlotte Middleton, into a touring theatre show for families and young children

Visual art and sculpture

Person creating an art piece from felt fabric Photo credit: David Lindsay
  • Agbrigg and Belle Vue Residents Group (PDF) (Accessible) worked with Ellie Way to design 3 new screen-printed flags, planter designs and 8 electric boxes along Agbrigg Road which were painted by the local community

  • Friends of Fitzwilliam Station installed new display cases on the platforms at Fitzwilliam Railway Station and facilitated public exhibitions of work from local communities, schools and artists

  • Friends of Green Park Ossett (PDF) (Accessible) commissioned professional Ossett-based mural artist Trafford Parsons to create a painted mural for Green Park's graffiti wall, to celebrate the group's 60th anniversary

  • Friends of Horbury's Parks produced a Queen's Jubilee Mural at Carr Lodge Park, painted by professional local artist Liam Staniford

  • Grow Wakefield (PDF) (Accessible) worked with Claire Walker to create a new tree mural at the entrance of their Sanctuary Garden

  • Helen Riddle (PDF) (Accessible) created new mixed media artworks inspired by Charles Waterton's Wall which were exhibited at Anglers Country Park and accompanied by an engagement programme

  • Jasmine Pottery Studios (PDF) (Accessible) ran 26 pottery workshops at 13 primary schools in 10 wards, for pupils aged 9-11, with projects inspired by Key Stage 2 history topics

  • Jayne Machin created 4 new felted artworks of garden spaces across Wakefield district which were displayed at Wakefield Cathedral and The Polka Hop

  • Lanson Moore Art (PDF) (Accessible) designed and created a new permanent nature and fairy themed outdoor art trail for Earnshaw's Fencing Centre's woodland nature trail

  • Our House (PDF) (Accessible) worked with an art collective to deliver 2 open access art workshops for the LGBTQIA+ community in Wakefield that resulted in 2 new artworks for display in Our House community centre, which are available to borrow for civic events such as Wakefield Pride

  • Pontefract Art Club (PDF) (Accessible) worked with an artist to develop their painting skills and made new paintings depicting buildings around Pontefract, which were exhibited at Pontefract Library

  • Richard Wheater (PDF) (Accessible) created 'Beautiful Hazards', a permanent neon chandelier sculpture for Theatre Royal Wakefield which is visible night and day from Westgate

  • Ruth Fones undertook research and development to create artworks that are more engaging for the visually impaired and more accurately represent their vision experiences

  • Seaglass Collective (PDF) (Accessible) ran a 4-week programme of pottery and printmaking workshops at The Art House, for young people who have been adopted in Wakefield district

  • St Mary's Chequerfield Community Project (PDF) (Accessible) worked with Pontefract Art Club to create a new mural for their community centre

  • Tony Wade (PDF) (Accessible) undertook research and development to explore how the physical nature of Wakefield district could inspire creative responses, which resulted in an exhibition of findings, an artist's talk, and a participatory workshop

  • Wakefield Cathedral and Johnsey and ArtWorks (JAAWS) facilitated public participatory mark-making drawing in response to the sounds of the Cathedral, and the final large-scale work is permanently displayed in the Cathedral Kitchen space

  • Wakefield District Sight Aid (PDF) (Accessible) ran a series of 8 creative workshops for adults living with sight loss in Wakefield which were informed by co-production sessions and led by a local artist, with support from 2 creative advisors with lived experience of sight loss

  • Wrenthorpe Community Association Ltd (PDF) (Accessible) installed a new mosaic trail in Wrenthorpe village, created by local children of Wrenthorpe Academy and Jerry Clay Academy, and the local community

  • Yorkshire Arts worked with The Cluntergate Centre to develop a large co-produced community mosaic which is on permanent display

  • Young People's Empowerment Project (PDF) (Accessible) ran YPEP Creativity Clubs, 26 creative sessions for young people aged 11-16 and 16-25 which were led by a local art tutor at Queen's Mill, Castleford

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