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Stone Carving Workshop at The Hepworth Wakefield

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Masterclass: Stone Carved Sculpture

17 - 18 February 2018, 10.30am - 4pm

£200 / £150 Members

Master stone sculptor Melanie Wilks leads a two-day masterclass, creating unique limestone carvings for your home or garden inspired by Barbara Hepworth’s use of the direct stone carving method. This is a rare chance to explore the legacy of Barbara Hepworth through gaining first-hand understanding of the sculptural processes Hepworth pursued, using fine limestone and traditional handheld tools.

Working with the stone intuitively and understanding each block of stone has its own unique characteristics to work with, you will initiate a number of sketches and drawings considering sculptural forms and shapes. You are welcome to bring your own ideas and drawings with you or take inspiration from works within the gallery.

You will sand and refine your sculpture on the second day, ensuring it is completed within the two days. Limestone sculptures are durable and long-lasting, by the end of the masterclass you will have produced a sculpture which will have a place in your home for years to come. It is advised that you wear comfortable, sturdy shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting a dusty (aprons will be provided).

About the tutor

Melanie Wilks is a stone sculptor who produces public and private commissions. The practice of direct stone carving is a rare craft and Melanie is a keen advocate for the method, delivering workshops in the method around the country. Her sculptures often take the form of publicly sited sculptures and over the past 25 years Melanie’s works have been based in towns, parks and public spaces in and around Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

Book your place

Half of the allocated places are offered to Members at the discounted rate of 25% off, sold on a first come, first served basis.  Become a Member.

If you have any questions or special requirements then don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing  learning@hepworthwakefield.org  or calling 01924 247398.

A two week cancellation policy applies to all workshops. As commercial workshops support our charitable activities, and materials and equipment are ordered in advance, we regret that refunds cannot be offered less than two weeks before the workshop date should you wish to cancel your place.

Should The Hepworth Wakefield need to cancel a workshop, your ticket will be refunded in full.