Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Community Trust Artist in Residence.

 

In 2012 I started the one-year role of artist in residence with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Community Trust. Over the course of the year I worked with 3000 children to create images for a mural, using iPads.

 

The idea was the show the story of the club through the eyes of children, so I got the children to create self-portraits, which I would then create a crowd, which would look down on the greatest moments of the life of the club. Such events as Buffalo Bill coming to the club in the early 1900s.

 

The mural ended up being nearly 1000 metres long when printed and was planned to go up in May 2013. Unfortunately due to the club going through problems this was postponed.

 

Thankfully the club was taken over by Michael Carter, and after meeting with him in March 2014, at Art House Wakefield, we agreed that the mural should go up.

 

And go up it did….

On Thursday 19th June 2014 the mural finally went up. This was such a proud moment for me. I desperately wanted the work to be shared, as I believed it was a great piece of community art, and because of all of those children who thought it would be wonderful to have their art of the side of the stadium.

 

From the lad at Greenhill Primary School, on Eastmoor, who painted David Topliss, to a young lad in Spalding, Lincolnshire (Over 100 miles from Wakefield) who painted the figure of Ernest Pollard, which I was able to use in the mural.

 

I want to thank the following people:

·      Lee Robinson, from Trinity Heritage, for all his research and for putting together the written aspects of the mural

David Gilbert, From Art House Wakefield for all of his support and for supporting the club and liaising with Arts Council England

Mark Winder & Andy Morgan - Wakefield Trinity Wildcats RLFC

Michael Carter for making it all happen

The supporters of Trinity for all of their support

And finally the Arts Council for funding the project