Neon Sculpture Workshop

SOLD OUT: Saturday 12 November, 10.30am - 4pm, £90 (Members £67.50)

Neon Art

Please note this workshop is now sold out. If you would like to join our waiting list for the workshop please email

Inspired by the The Hepworth Sculpture Prize, artist Richard William Wheater has put together a special day investigating the sculptural possibilities of neon and its context in the art world. As well as a plethora of morning activities, you will spend the afternoon at Neon Workshops in Wakefield, using the facilities to manipulate glass over flame. You will have the option of taking your results home or paying Neon Workshops to have it processed with your gas of choice and lit with a power supply – making a unique piece of neon art.


The morning will begin with activities and discussions at The Hepworth Wakefield, designed to consider why neon remains a relevant material to light up our creative 21st century. You will be invited to participate in or watch a new performance work by Wheater. Entitled ‘Light Yoga’, this 30 minute piece sees the artist collaborate with a local yoga instructor to translate 10 neon luminaries into yoga movements. The use of physical exercise to activate teaching sessions has historically been used at famous art schools like the Bauhaus and Black Mountain College – here Wheater creates an alternative art lecture on the material of neon. This will be a memorable chance to witness or participate in the artist’s work.

Following this there will be a more conventional presentation and discussion – a concise introduction to neon, touching upon works and approaches in The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture, with an emphasis on unravelling some of the mysteries surrounding this alluring media.

In the afternoon you will be taken on a guided walk of neon pieces, viewable enroute to Neon Workshops – ending with an introduction to the new neon exhibition there. Over a short lunch break you will have the option of browsing Neon Workshops growing resource library of specialist publications on neon art.

There'll be the chance to see the alchemy of neon in action, learn how to create specific colours, play with brightness and shape glass tubes using flame and breath. Following these fascinating demonstrations it's your turn to have a go!

* Please note that to convert your glass sculpture into a functioning piece of neon art you will need to purchase processing (£20 per neon) and a power supply (£50 each) from Neon Workshop. Places for this very special workshop are limited and we advise booking early.


Richard William Wheater (1978, Wakefield) is an artist using performance and installation to discuss our relationship with the natural environment. Recent work remains loyal to his fascination with glass and neon, of which he performs and exhibits worldwide. In 2010 Wheater established the company Neon Workshops.


Due to the complexity of this workshop only 9 places are available – we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. To book a place on this workshop click here.

Half of the allocated places are offered at the Members discounted rate of 25%. A two-week priority booking period (prior to the publication of the gallery’s What’s On guide) is offered to all Members and discounted places are sold on a first come, first served basis. To find out about becoming a member click here. If you have any questions or special requirements  then don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing or calling 01924 247398.

Image Credit: Wheater/Lucas: 12 MONTHS OF NEON LOVE (2011-12). Image courtesy of Victoria Lucas and Richard Wheater.


  • 12 November 2016



Learning Studios, The Hepworth Wakefield and Neon Workshops, George Street, Wakefield.