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Sculpting in Stone

24th July 2021 @ 10:00 am - 25th July 2021 @ 4:00 pm

Spend a weekend learning the basics of stone carving with sculptor Dominic Hopkinson

As part of our summer exhibition Material Matters workshop programme, learn the techniques and process of stone carving in a two day weekend workshop.

You will be using the type of material and tools that every stone carver has used, from Antiquity to Michelangelo, Bernini to Rodin!

Learn how to start “thinking” in three dimensions and discover how to plan and create a sculpture of your own in limestone.

The course will take place outside, with cover in case of rain.

Attendees will need to bring:

Warm clothing that can become dirty/dusty.

Proper shoes/boots, if possible steel toe capped, but not essential. Need to be comfortable as you will be standing to work.

Work gloves (optional)

Hat or scarf to keep dust out of hair (optional)

Some form of inspiration, idea or target to achieve. Either a picture of a sculpture for reference, or a picture or object from nature, whatever you like!

Sketchbook and pencils.

Packed lunch

Sunny Bank Mills will provide:

Water/tea/coffee and homemade cake


Dust mask and safety goggles.

About your tutor:

Dominic Hopkinson MRSS (Member of the Royal Society of Sculptors) with over 30 years experience as a sculptor, artist and educator.

About Material Matters

On display in the gallery 12th June – 1st August 2021

Traditionally, stone, metal, clay, and wood were carved, moulded, and cast to make sculpture. Material Matters explores how artists working today use, adapt or manipulate these traditional materials or processes to make contemporary sculptural work.

Supported with funding from Arts Council England

Course Booking Terms and Conditions

Workshop and course bookings can be cancelled and refunded up until 7 days before the scheduled start date. As materials and equipment are ordered in advance, we regret that refunds cannot be offered less than 7 days before the workshop date. Please note that Eventbrite’s booking fee is non-refundable.

If we need to cancel the course for any reason your ticket will be fully refunded.


This workshop is due to take place outdoors, with maximum 8 participants once Covid restrictions have been lifted. We will be monitoring government guidance for any changes.


24th July 2021 @ 10:00 am
25th July 2021 @ 4:00 pm
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Sunny Bank Mills Gallery
83-85 Town Street
Farsley, LS28 5UJ United Kingdom