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Masterclass at Neon Workshops

Once a year Neon Workshops host a very special themed neon class with a chosen internationally acclaimed artist/ maker/ designer. 

Previous classes

Masterclass 2023:
April Key: Render to Reality


07.9 – 10.9.2023 

We are excited to announce this years four day Masterclass!

Render to Reality will be headed up by Istanbul-based artist April Key, supported by her design assistant Berkcan Çosan and the Neon Workshops team. Spanning four days in September at our Wakefield workshop (plus field trips), April and team will take six participants through the process of transforming a sketch/model into a video render using ‘Blender’ software, leading into the physical, sharing studio and on-site techniques to successfully collaborate with fabricators and installers. Neon Workshops will introduce everyone to the neon facilities and assist with fabricating. Each participant will enjoy an intense four days of tuition and discovery, with the opportunity to leave with a video render, a 3D printed model and neon sample.
No experience required. 

*Does not include meals or accommodation.


We are happy to provide a recommended accommodation list


Pillar pragma

April Key



Masterclass 2020:

Neon Snakes



October 16th, 17th & 18th

Focus on neon’s place in the landscape with three days of making, installing and documenting, driven by American photographer and more recently neon maker, Steve Fitch (1949). Since the days of Easy Rider (movie) Fitch is among America’s most well-known chroniclers of the American West. This notoriety culminated in 2018 on the release of his book Vanishing Vernacular; a generous sized publication of beautiful light-balanced photographs, detailing neon-clad structures along the changing highway landscape.
No experience necessary. All materials included.

*Does not include meals or accommodation.
A recommended accommodation list is available on request
This masterclass will be based at Neon Workshops, located in Wakefield’s city centre.



Steve Fitch


Insane-O-Matic installed at the Graham Gallery

Sculpture in Neon


September 28th & 29th


Discover neon through sculpture, with a little help from our neighbours The Hepworth Wakefield. Be inspired with access to world-class artwork, and be introduced to neon as a sculptural material, as we pull out the stops and create an action-packed two days with fire, glass, gas and electricity. Take away your own designed neon sculpture.

Places very limited.

*Price includes high frequency neon power supply, worth £108.

All prices are inclusive of VAT.


12 Months of Neon Love

Richard Wheater / Victoria Lucas

2011/ 2012 

Richard Wheater - 12 Months - Neon Workshops

Neon Green Futures

Richard William Wheater



March 13th | 14th | 15th | 16th | 17th

8 places

Hosted at Canberra Glassworks, Australia


As a sign-post retaining nostalgia or a movie prop to project the future, the aesthetic of neon in narrative continues to retain powerful wide appeal. This Masterclass will be driven by Wheater’s renowned methods of using neon as a loaded story telling vehicle. The end result of the class will be less about the object and more the attempt to document a neon-infiltrated environment with perhaps a site-specific neon or action that it plays a role in. Expect the encouragement of experimentation. Expect to tear apart the traditional rule book on neon, how it's made and the role it can play. Expect to move from your comfort zone. Expect to take your work out of the workshop/gallery space, to engage with the world, as we push for new associations with this mysterious charged light.


Musician Peter Broderick,

using Richard Wheater’s ’Neon Green Future’s prop’

as part of his 7A performance. 2018

Peter Broderick - Richard Wheater - Neon Workshops
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