Angel Wings land in Wakefield for UK first

Wednesday 6th September 2017

Bilahl and Rania Afzal with Ridings Centre's Angel wings

GLOBAL Angel Wings have landed in Wakefield for a UK first that demonstrates the value of the city's shopping and art credentials.

Angel Wings Global project was created by internationally acclaimed artist, Colette Miller to combine the beauty of the art installation and community enrichment with a worldwide pledge to bring more togetherness and harmony.

Colette, who is based in Los Angeles, was persuaded to install her first UK Angel wings at The Ridings Centre by local lass Kate Hardcastle when the pair met.

The colourful Global Wings are painted on the sides of buildings and encourage people to become part of the art and stand alongside them drawing their inspiration from the art and beauty as well as the themes they aspire to.

Miller created the Global Angel Wings Project in her home city in 2012 and has since painted wings around the world, to remind humanity that they are ‘the angels of this earth’. Speaking about the Wakefield installation, she said: “I'm really excited to be bringing the Global Angel Wings Project to Wakefield and Yorkshire and I’ve read about its layered and fascinating history. I haven't had any wings in England yet so this will be the first pair. I understand that Wakefield and The Ridings are bringing a lot of energy and focus to bringing positivity to this area and if I can play a small part in it in any way I am completely grateful.”

Kate Hardcastle said: As a Yorkshire lass, I dedicate much of my time to community and charity projects within our beautiful region. It has been an honour to introduce the artist, Colette Miller, to Wakefield and encourage her to site her first UK piece in an emerging city with such a significant art scene, which I am proud to call home.”

Lee Appleton who is The Ridings’ Centre Director said: “We’re thrilled to host the first ever Angel Wings in the UK and can’t wait to see people from Wakefield and further afield come to enjoy and interact with the wings. This is an amazing gift to Wakefield and after The Hepworth was recently crowned Artfund Museum of the Year 2017, this is the cherry on the top of a fantastic year for Wakefield’s cultural scene”.