melanie wilks

This artist accepts commissions

Mediums Used

Melanie Wilks is a sculptor who specializes in the carving of stone. Following a foundation course in Art and Design at Jacob Kramer College, Leeds, Melanie studied for her BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art at Portsmouth University and later her MA in Fine Art (sculpture) at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has been a professional artist for more than 20 years.
Melanie`s sculpture is representational in style. She works from the human figure, but will use other imagery (sometimes animal imagery) to communicate what she wants to say about the human condition.
As an experienced stone carver, Melanie has completed many public commissions, these larger-than-life-size stone carved sculptures are permanently sited in a number of locations in Yorkshire.

Melanie wilks`s Personal Statement
“I am a sculptor specializing in the carving of stone”
As stone is a natural substance with its own individual characteristics, I work intuitively with it so that if the nature of the stone suggests a change of direction, I am free to respond. In preparation for commissions I make sketches. I use the sketches as a guide for my finished sculpture which is never an exact copy of the initial drawings. I take myself and my clients on a journey of discovery with the final sculpture being a true revelation. Not until the sculpture is in situ does it finally come to life!.

Sculptures by melanie wilks




Public Works

Melanie Wilks`s public works
2012 `The Handshake`, Sandstone. Woodlesford and Oulton Action Group. Leeds Parks and Countryside.

2011 Animal Memorial, sandstone. Dartmouth Park. Morley Murals Committee.

2010 Animal Relief`s, Sandstone, Tinshill Garth, Groundwork Trust.

2009 Ernie Wise, York Stone, Morley Murals Committee.

2009 Coalface worker/Driller, Lofthouse Residents.

2008 `Spring` Stone sculpture Skelton Grange Centre, Skelton Grange Environment Centre.

2007 The Miner, Woodkirk sandstone, for Morley Town Hall, Morley Murals Committee

2007 `Water Nymph` for Churwell park, sandstone, Churwell Action Group

2007 `Newby People` Woodkirk sandstone, Newby Primary School

2007 The Weaver, Morley Murals Committee

2006 3 x sculptures, seven figures, Gamble Hill, Groundwork Trust

2006 Relief carved bats, Houghley Gill, Bramley, Friends of Houghley Gill

2006 Limestone memorial Sculpture, Roundhay High School, Leeds

2005 5 x Relief carvings, lettering in Urdu, Bradford, Groundwork/Bradford Trident

2004 5 x Sandstone Sculptures, Springmill St, bradford, Groundwork/Bradford Trident

2003 4 x Fire Station themed sculptures, Micklefield, Groundwork Trust

2002 Carved Logo and Waymarkings, Oulton, Rothwell Footpath Group

2002 Carved Heraldic Shield and lettering Byrum Cum Sutton Parish Council

2001 8 x Sculptures and lettering, Rosebank, Burley, Leeds Groundwork Trust

1999 3 x Reliefs with lettering, entrances to village, Micklefield Groundwork Trust

1997 Relief Logo and lettering, Aire and Calder navigation, British Waterways

1997 8 x sculptures, Stone Circle, Thwaite Mills, Stourton Groundwork Trust

1996 8 x Carved Milestones, Trans Pennine Trail, Leeds City Council

1996 4 x Sculptures, Robin Hood and Rothwell Cycle Route Groundwork Trust.

Teaching Experience
Melanie Wilks`s Teaching Workshops and Tuition 2008 Sculpture workshop, Young Persons Environment Group, Skelton Grange Environment Centre Leeds 2007 Nativity Scene workshop, Morley Town Hall Primary School Pupils 2002-06 Artist in Residence Bruntcliffe High School, Morley, Leeds 2006 Sculpture workshops Drighlington Primary 2006 IVS Volunteers, Sculpture workshops Moley Town Councillors 2006 Sculpture Workshop, year 6 Gildersome Primary School 2006 Willow weaving and Sculpture workshops, year 5 Churwell Primary 2005 Series of sculpture workshops with Bruntcliffe School partner primaries 2000 Stone carving for 6-7 year olds, Drighlington infant School 2000 Stone carving at Rothwell Country Park for 6-7 year olds, Rothwell Country Park 1999 Stone carving workshops for Groundwork volunteers, Groundwork Trust 1999 Stone carving workshop for women`s group, Groundwork Trust 1999 Stone carving workshops for adults with learning difficulties, Groundwork Trust Lecturer at Joseph Priestly College 2003-2005 Lecturer in further education. Delivered courses in; stone and wood sculpture, water colour painting and calligraphy.


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