image for Art Exhibition item typeHelen Riddle and Ann McCall at Westgate Studios

Art Exhibition, Wed 26 Sep 2018

Helen Riddle

Helen Riddle


Artwalk Wakefield


55 Westgate,
West Yorkshire,

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Wed 26 Sep Helen Riddle and Ann McCall


What does an artist do to capture a sense of place? Do we look at things differently when we are in familiar surroundings? Do we notice the same kind of detail when we are at home as when we are travelling to new places?

Helen Riddle and Ann McCall first met 33 years ago and these are the questions they explore in their first exhibition together.

Helen Riddle took a studio at The Art House Wakefield in April 2018. In an attempt to settle into her new working pattern she took a photo on her phone on her walk to the studio each day and created a stitch sketch by propping her phone up next to her sewing machine and stitching in free motion. Many of the sketches are stitched in one continuous line. In this way she discovered places and details of places she had never looked at deeply before, despite living in Wakefield for over 30 years. She found beauty in the neglected corners and the elaborate details. Once seen, these things can never be unseen.

Ann McCall’s passion for travel takes her to new places near and far, and provides her with the stimuli for her work which explores the colours, patterns, textures and intrinsic geometry of her immediate surroundings, whether urban or natural. She is interested in space and how it can be both occupied and empty. Her work seeks to capture what it is about a specific location that makes it unique. This often results in her combining realism – in capturing the detail and texture or decoration, with abstraction – emphasising the dominant visual element of the subject. She finds that sometimes the subject demands an unconventional shape or 3-dimensional solution.

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



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Map reference: SE 330207  Lat: 53.68171 Long: -1.50184

By Road:
Located on Westgate.
No parking available. A number of pay and display car parks are near by.

We are located opposite HSBC Bank. Please buzz the intercom button marked Westgate Studios for access.
By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Wakefield Westgate Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Wakefield Bus Station

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Wakefield Westgate station


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