Short film highlights diverse creative industries in Wakefield district

Design, creativity and artistry is part of the DNA of the Wakefield district, and a new film is shining a spotlight on this wonderfully diverse and uniquely-quirky sector.

The Creative Wakefield short film reflects that ‘creativity is everywhere and for everyone’ and features a diverse range of 28 individual creatives, businesses, cultural organisations and community groups.

The project is a collaboration between three local creative teams – Rhubarb Design House, filmmaker Studio Bokehgo and composer Matt Knee – with Wakefield Council, that can be seen at creativewakefield.net/film

It highlights creative people expressing themselves in different ways including through, art, music dance, design, and growing plants in a communal space that brings people together.

Rhubarb Design House carried out research to identify the people to take part in the project, and on the design and branding work. Studio Bokehgo carried out all the filming, editing and post production work.

Composer Matt Knee provided the music for the soundtrack, which includes tender piano moments with awe inspiring orchestral lifts and twists and turns, to inspire viewers.

Cllr Michael Graham, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Wakefield Council, said: “This is great film that really does showcase the depth of talent and skills of people who are working, learning or enjoying activity, which expresses the joys of their creativity.

Michael Graham smiling
Cllr Michael Graham

“We are pleased to be able to work with them to highlight their abilities, and to support them to develop their skills, which are really important, in terms of jobs and opportunities which help to drive forward the district’s economy.

Together with the short film, a series of mini-portrait films provides each of the contributing artists with a high quality product that will enable them to further develop their own creative brand.

The film is being used to raise the profile of Wakefield as a creative place

“The film is all the more impressive as it’s all been created during the pandemic, with the filming team working within Covid restrictions. The end result is a high-quality film that is a brilliant showcase of our district and is something that we can all take pride in for years to come.”

It is one of a number of initiatives by Wakefield Creative Industries Growth Platform – which aims to bring significant new creative sector jobs to the district and will be used to support new and established creative businesses, nurture new creative talent, and help develop new skills to create a strong creative workforce. 

The film premiered at the launch of the Together & Apart exhibition on Wednesday 9 June.

The ‘Together & Apart’ exhibition runs until Sunday 20 June, open daily 10am-4pm, at the former Market Hall on Union Street (Wakefield, WF1 3AE).

The exhibition is free to attend and advance booking is not required.

Residents are invited to share their own experiences and stories from lockdown and covid-19 using #TogetherandApart

To see the film, visit: creativewakefield.net/film

Together & Apart and the Creative Wakefield film has been part-funded by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Cultural Development Fund grant, which is administered by Arts Council England. To find out more about this fund, please visit the Creative Wakefield website at creativewakefield.net/cdf