We make and install neon.
We teach and preach neon.
We exhibit and publish neon.
Neon sales / fabrication / delivery happening as normal
It's what's inside
Since 2010 Neon Workshops have been
making and installing neon,
teaching and preaching neon,
exhibiting and publishing neon.
29th Sept - 28th Nov 2021
Staged in partnership by Neon Workshops and The Art House, CIRCLESPHERE is the first exhibition in Europe by the American pioneer of neon art, Fred Tschida (b. 1949 Saint Paul, Minnesota).
Presented across two venues in Wakefield, at Neon Workshops 7A warehouse space on the fringes of the city centre and at The Art House, are a series of works designed by Tschida and fabricated locally by Neon Workshops, Production Park based Xplor. And carpenter Richard Wilcox. The exhibition coincides with the tenth anniversary of Neon Workshops, now a nationally renowned centre for neon art and production opened by artist Richard William Wheater (b. 1978, Wakefield) in 2010. Wheater cites his earlier encounter with the work and teaching of Tschida, as his student in New York in 2000, as the catalyst for a life-long commitment to the material. CIRCLESPHERE brings the relationship of Tschida and Wheater full circle, from that of teacher and student to transatlantic collaborators and fellow artists pushing at the boundaries of neon’s possibilities as an art form.
Curated by Wheater, CIRCLESPHERE has been 5 years in the planning, it is free and accessible to all, and is supported by Arts Council England, The Art House, Neon Workshops and Wakefield City Council.
Mobile Neon Workshops
We take our customised mobile neon facility all over, spreading the good word of neon light. previous ventures have included New York, Berlin, Switzerland, Bergen, Reykjavic, Paris, Denmark, Australia and art colleges throughout the UK. If you are interested in hosting a Mobile Neon Workshop, please do get in touch for more info.
One to One
Our One to One tuition offers a more intensive training experience allowing participants to thoroughly engage with neon making.
Ex-participants can expand their knowledge and push their skills further, absolute beginners are offered a more exclusive introduction to neon during devoted time with a neon maker.
One Day Intensive
Oct 22nd (SOLD OUT)
Six participants will be taught by two neon makers and learn everything from transcribing ideas into neon drawings to filling their glass forms with gas. This intensive workshop should be seen as an educational experience rather than a commissioning day. By 5pm everyone takes home a piece of neon they have designed and helped make or direct in the making of.
If you've enjoyed one of our workshops* but don't feel confident with jumping straight into hiring, then this package is for you! From 10am-12:30pm a neon tutor will help you revisit the torches and assist with manipulating glass tube, so that in the afternoon (1:30-4pm) you can hit the ground running and make your neon!
Price does not include materials
Oct 24th (SOLD OUT)
Bring your shades, and get ready to roll up your sleeves for four hours of demos and exercises with glass, fire, high voltage and noble gas. Have your earnest efforts processed on the 'Electron Bombarder' and illuminated to take home with a power supply. An energetic and practical half-day introduction, into the gorgeous world of neon. Sign up now, to electrify a new week with your own sculptured, energy saving light!
£75 - £145*
2022 Dates coming soon
A two hour taster session on what neon is, what it can be and how to make it. See glowing examples of neon art explained, expect mesmerising demonstrations of cutting, blowing, stretching, bending and fusing glass with flame, filling with gas and illuminating with electricity. Experience the chance to have a go yourself under tuition and take home the results. Neon Sessions take place on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays. Participants receive 20% off a One Day Intensive.
£20 per hour
With access to such affordable neon making facilities, finishing a workshop doesn't have to mark the end of your experiences with neon...it can be the beginning! Practice, play, make your neon night and day with tech on hand. Price does not include materials, which can be paid for up front or as you go along. Hire is for ex-workshop participants only.
Regardless of how large or small,
complex or minimal your ideas in neon are, we'd love to hear from you. Send a sketch
or photograph through, or if you want to replicate something you've seen we can do that too!
Gift Vouchers / Neon Artwork / Books
/ Limited edition print / Postcards
70b George Street
Neon is a chemical element with the symbol Ne and atomic number 10;