SAT 29 AND SUN 30 OCTOBER, 10.30AM - 4PM BOTH DAYS, £200 (MEMBERS £150)
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.
TO BOOK A PLACE ON THIS WORKSHOP CLICK HERE 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 mend getting a bit dusty (aprons will be provided).
ABOUT THE TUTORMelanie 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.
BOOKINGS AND ENQUIRIESPlaces 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01924 247398.
Barry Midgley 'We Plough the Fields' stone sculpture H 50 cms
YORKSHIRE SCULPTORS GROUP
at BEVERLEY MINSTER
Saturday 11 June - Saturday 10 September 2016
Free admission: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 17.00
Sunday 12.00 - 17.00
Preview: Saturday 11 June 2016 2.00 - 4.00
THE SUMMER EXHIBITION AT BEVERLEY MINSTER BY THE YORKSHIRE SCULPTORS GROUP
Exhibiting sculpture in such a magnificent building as Beverley Minster can be a challenging and daunting task for the contemporary sculptor used to the bland anonymous surfaces of the modern art gallery.
Faced with a place of prayer and worship and 800 years of sublime architecture, a building already filled with splendid stone sculptures - and a problem of reconciling the history, purpose and architecture of the Minster in a site-responsive way - it would be easy to turn away and say it was not achievable.
It is a daunting task - but one that the members of the Yorkshire Sculptors Group have faced before. In 2003 they showed work specifically designed to enhance and celebrate the architecture of Ripon Cathedral. In 2005 it was the turn of York Minster and in 2008, Durham Cathedral. Each one of these amazing places provided a different challenge to the Group, some were successful and some less successful, but here now in 2016 Beverley Minster has provided a unique opportunity to site contemporary sculptures near to sculptures carved hundreds of years ago.
Although in no way does the Group see this as a competition (21st century versus the 14th perhaps?) it will be interesting to see whether their work responds successfully to the scale, history and special atmosphere of the Minster. Whatever the outcome it will have been a privilege to accept the challenge and YSG is grateful to the Minster for the opportunity.
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