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Stone Carving Workshop at The Hepworth Wakefield

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Stone Carved Sculpture


£210 / Members £178.50

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In response to the government’s guidance to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we have taken the decision to close The Hepworth Wakefield until further notice. This also means that all events are cancelled until the end of May, which unfortunately includes the Stone Carved Sculpture workshop.

Please find a statement  on our closure here.

Stone sculptor Melanie Wilks will lead a two-day masterclass, creating unique limestone carvings for your home or garden inspired by techniques used by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore.

You will explore our galleries to discover and study the sculptural processes that Hepworth and Moore pursued when using fine limestone and traditional handheld tools.

Participants will initiate sketches and drawings considering sculptural forms and shapes, learning approaches to drawing that can be used to support the development of sculpture. You will then be provided with traditional stone-carving tools such as mallets and chisels to start to carve a block of Limestone.

During the second day, you will sand and refine your limestone sculpture ready to make sure it is ready to take home.

Book your place

Half of the allocated places are offered to Members at the discounted rate, 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  events@hepworthwakefield.org.

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.

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 mediom, delivering workshops in the method across the country. Her sculptures are often publicly sited, with many standing in in towns, parks and public spaces in and around Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

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