Stone Carving Masterclass with Melanie Wilks

SOLD OUT: Sat 29 and Sun 30 October, 10.30am - 4pm both days, £200 (Members £150)

Stone Carving Masterclass 3

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

Master stone sculptor Melanie Wilks will lead 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 wonderful galleries of the Hepworth and the legacy of Barbara Hepworth through gaining first-hand, understanding of the sculptural processes Hepworth pursued using fine limestone and traditional handheld tools.

Drawing inspiration from The Hepworth Family Gift, you will employ the same approach to creating stone sculpture as used by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and their contemporaries through learning the Direct Stone-Carving technique. The course will look at the concept of 'Truth to Materials' that Hepworth employed in her work and you will learn to work with the stone intuitively, 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 for inspiration but these aren’t essential as there will lots of resources and inspiration within the gallery.

You will then work in the Calder, where you will be provided with traditional Stone-Carving tools like mallets and chisels, carving a block of Limestone measuring approximately 250mm x 150mm x 150mm (an ideal size to achieve a finished carving within this intensive two day masterclass). 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 you don’t mind getting a bit dusty (aprons will be provided).


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.


Places for this masterclass are limited, 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.


  • 29 October 2016 - 30 October 2016