image for Workshop/Course item typeStone-Carved Sculpture Masterclass at The Hepworth Wakefield

Workshop/Course, Sat 16 - Sun 17 Sep 2017

The Hepworth Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield


The Hepworth Wakefield

01924 247360


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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 and gain 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 the works in the gallery. You will then work in The Calder, where you will be provided with traditional Stone-Carving tools like mallets and chisels with which to carve a block of limestone.

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.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic siteRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Disabled accessSmoking not allowed

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 16 - Sun 17 Sep 2017 10:30 to 16:00
Half of the allocated places are offered to Members at the discounted rate of 25% off, sold on a first come, first served basis.

Book your place online or if you have any questions or special requirements then don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing or calling 01924 247398.


£200 / Members £150



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Map reference: SE 336200  Lat: 53.67584 Long: -1.49140

By Public Transport:

The gallery is conveniently located 1 mile from Wakefield Westgate station and 0.3 miles from Kirkgate Station.

Wakefield Free City Bus stops close to the gallery. For more information please visit

By car
Please see the Hepworth Wakefield website for all the latest information on travelling to the gallery by car. The Pay and Display car park is located on Thornes Lane.

The gallery is fully accessible, please visit the website or contact us for a full access guide.

To arrange your group or coach party visit call us or email to find out more about special packages for your group.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed