image for Art Exhibition item typeCoal Spire - Nicholas Vaughan + Michelle Graham at Chantry Chapel of St Mary

Art Exhibition, Wed 26 Sep 2018, free entry

Clinker, 1984-85

Clinker, 1984-85


Artwalk Wakefield


Chantry Bridge,
Off Calder Vale Road,

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Clinker, 1984-85 is Nicholas Vaughan’s visual exploration of the 1980’s mining strike, in which the artist will exhibit a body of work developed exclusively for this show, at two different locations in Wakefield.

With Coal Spire, a 2 meters high sculpture piece covered in clinker and coal, the artist recreates a local folklore account of a “tower of coal” underneath the Wakefield cathedral to bring together elements of the fantastic and surreal in a vivid interpretation of the people’s suffering and struggle during the strike.

This is accomplished by way of a collaboration piece, the Novella In Our Veins written by Steven B. Williams, that weaves itself around Coal Spire. The sculpture is being shown at the Crypt underneath the Chantry Chapel on the 26th of September for one night only, together with a spoken-word performance of selected excerpts from In Our Veins, by Steven B. Williams. The piece and a further performance will then relocate.

The Crypt at the Chantry Chapel 5-9pm
+ In our Veins, spoken-word performance by Steven B. Williams 7:00pm

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 26 Sep 2018 17:00 to 21:00


Free entry



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Map reference: SE 338202  Lat: 53.67751 Long: -1.48898

By Road:
Follow Doncaster Road (A638) out of Wakefield City centre.
Chantry Chapel is located on a medieval bridge running adjacent to Doncaster Road.
(Medieval Bridge is closed to traffic)

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Wakefield Kirkgate Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Wakefield Bus Station