Wakefield Arts Partnership (WAP) is a collective of Wakefield based organisations and individuals working in the arts, who are committed to working together. We have a shared interest in the Wakefield District as a cultural destination and place, and in developing audiences and participants for its arts offer.
WAP is currently coordinated by Beam and managed by a voluntary steering group which presently consists of – Axisweb, Beam, Dreamtime Creative, Edgelands Arts, HQ Arts, Long Division, Lucy Brown, National Coal Mining Museum, One to One Development Trust, The Cluntergate Centre, The Art House, The Good of Small Things, Unity Works, Wakefield College, Wakefield Jazz and WE ARE.
In 2015, Beam, on behalf of the Wakefield Arts Partnership, commissioned Cultural Consultant Andrew Dixon to undertake research into the nature of cultural partnership in Wakefield and to explore how more collective action and leadership might add value to the existing cultural strengths in the District. The process included workshops, one-to-one meetings and group discussions engaging over 120 people.
The report highlighted a number of recommendations that could be the starting point for WAP priorities. The report can be viewed here – The Perfect Partner – Wakefield – A Wakefield Arts Partnership Report by Andrew Dixon. Following this scoping phase we have been developing a 12 month action plan.
WAP is coordinated by Beam, as part of our Arts in Place programmes since 2015, supported by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts.