Celebrating the start of the school holidays

The Art House to join forces with Wakefield BID, Wakefield Council and Wakefield Express to celebrate the start of the school holidays

Mark your calendars! 28 – 31 July is set to be a busy few days in Wakefield as The Art House joins forces with Wakefield Council’s Festival of the Earth, Wakefield BID and the Wakefield Express to celebrate the start of the school holidays with four days of free, eco-themed art activities at The Ridings. 


The ‘Recycled City’ will see participants use entirely recycled and eco-friendly materials to design and build a model of Wakefield city centre. Taking inspiration from iconic buildings throughout the city, as well as cutting edge “eco-architecture” from across the globe, participants of all ages will learn how to design and construct model buildings, both real and imagined. 


Run by long-time studio holders of The Art House, Edgelands Arts, the activities will be family-friendly and everyone is welcome to join in the fun, for free, anytime – simply drop-in and have a go! 


Recycled City will be hosted in the food court of The Ridings, launching on Wednesday 28 July 17:00-20:00 for Artwalk Wakefield, a bi-monthly arts event coordinated by The Art House. The activities will then open daily, 10:00-15:00 from Thursday 29 – Saturday 31 July. 


Following the final day of activities, all of the models made over the course of the week will be displayed together (in a location to be confirmed) to showcase participant’s ideas about how the city could be more environmentally friendly, liveable, and fun. 


Just one of several exciting events kicking off the summer holidays, Recycled City coincides with Wakefield Express / Wakefield BID’s Community Days – taking place across the city centre Thursday 29 - Friday 30 July – with retailers, café’s and entertainment venues offering a host of brilliant offers. 


The event also coincides with The Art House’s Eco Open Day on Saturday 31 July as part of Wakefield Council’s Festival of the Earth programme with additional support from Wakefield BID. The Eco Open Day will see the launch of Wakefield’s first Cycle Station at The Art House, complete with custom painted bike docks, a self-service bike repair station and a new ‘Cycle to Culture’ map, encouraging residents and visitors to discover Wakefield’s cultural hotspots by bike.


Anyone interested in joining in any of the activities and events taking place can visit the-arthouse.org.uk for details.