Neon Workshops specialise in the development and manufacturing of neon lighting for the creative industry. We can organise global shipping and installation of projects. Our regular delivery of neon sculpture courses, whether here in Wakefield, or a Mobile Neon Workshop, continue to attract participants from around the world. Neon making facilities are available for public hire. Neon Workshops hosts a bi-monthly exhibition programme of neon based artwork.
Two landmark mobile neon workshops are offered. New staff members are taken on to learn neon making and teach. A neon exhibition programme continues with a special exhibition planned for the end of the year (more information to come).
Wheater completes Neon Workshops dedicated mobile electron bombarder and vacuum station prototype, which was put immediately through its paces over several months in Norfolk, Lybster, Berlin and Glasgow. We now build these machines to order. Further details via our online shop, or feel free to get in touch!
Neon Workshops stage their most ambitious Mobile Neon Workshop and evening events to date; Northern Lights, Reykjavik, Iceland. Magdalena Jetelova is the artist in residence.
Wheater and Bickerstaff exhibit together at Ebletoft glass Museum, Denmark, in a group neon show part curated by Neon Workshops.
Neon Workshops celebrates the centenary of the world's first neon sign (Paris) by organising a four day workshop in Paris at the Lyceé Dorian Polyvalent with Wheater, Bickerstaff and Matt Dilling, commissioning neon fan and graphic designer Peter Saville to produce the commemorative posters. Limited signed/unsigned prints available from our online shop.
Wheater starts project 12 MONTHS OF NEON LOVE with fellow artist Victoria Lucas, utilising 70b George Streets roof and its proximity to the railway tracks. A programme of regular Neon courses are designed and delivered. A book, prints and postcards commemorating the project are available to buy from our online shop.
Teaming up with Bickerstaff, in October the two travel to Bergen, Norway with a van full of equipment and stage the first Mobile Neon Workshops at S12. The return journey ends in near disaster as their ferry crashes into port in high seas.
Wheater gets keys to a derelict 70b George Street, and with little money, during a recession, slowly makes fit for purpose a dedicated space for his envisioned Neon Workshops.
Wheater is chosen to represent Britain at the European Glass Biennale, Bornholm, Denmark, showing two neon projects that attract attention from students there. A major four-day Neon Workshop is organised at The Art House in Wheater's home city of Wakefield for six Danish student/graduate artists, taught by Wheater and Julia Bickerstaff.
On an advanced neon course in Brooklyn, tutor Matt Dilling recommends to Wheater a neon company in Leeds to visit, which he does and works their as a neon trainee for two years. During this period he negotiates a one day neon workshop to be held there.
Wheater studies neon at Alfred University, New York, under Fred Tschida, whose kinetic sculpture 'Circle/Sphere (2000)' Wheater cites as the piece that made him fall in love with neon.
With his brother Eric, a 16 year old Richard Wheater holds a glowing fluorescent tube to a pylon. Illumination through electric fields was introduced to them by their father, who had heard about it in the pub.