ABOUT


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. We host an annual exhibition programme of neon related work in our gallery spaces, as well as possibly the UK's largest resource library on the subject.



HISTORY


2017


2017 has been another monster year, as we continue to work (and play) with the biggest and best artists and organisations in delivering ambitious projects. We spent time at Adidas HQ in Germany, inspiring their top designers in Makers Lab. A Switzerland road trip to teach at the beautiful studio complex Atelier im Sandkasten which overlooks the Alps in St Gallen. We welcome one of the neon world's heavyweights - Michael Flechtner, flying in from Los Angeles for his first UK exhibition and workshop here. We open up '7A' to the public; our sister warehouse in Wakefield with the help of Portuguese electronic band Sensible Soccers and South Korean trio Tirikilatops.



2015


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).




2014


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!




2014


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.




2013


Wheater and Bickerstaff exhibit together at Ebletoft glass Museum, Denmark, in a group neon show part curated by Neon Workshops.




2012


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.



2011


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.




2010


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.




2010


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.




2008


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.




2006


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.




2000


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.




1994


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.




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