Black Hole

31 Jan 2018 – 7 Jan 2019

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Dusk - Dawn, from 31st January 2018

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Neon Workshops

West Yorkshire, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Situated close to the M1 & M62, with Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester each under an hour away.
  • Long distance services operated by East Coast Trains & Cross County Trains serve Wakefield Westgate Station, along with some local services. London to Wakefield services are only two hours in duration. Neon Workshops is only two minutes walk from Wakefield Westgate Station
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Black Hole is the third instalment from Richard William Wheater's ongoing rooftop neon text series called 'Things People Say'.


Over a period of four years, certain phrases of conversation were logged by Wheater.  Usually in social settings and under the influence of alcohol, in order to ensure such statements were non-contrived, honest and flippant, almost unconciously voiced.

Destined to be forgotten within moments, now the phrase, the person's name who said it, time, date and location have all been laboriously fabricated and displayed in neon on a roof top for a twelve month period.

Wheater is the founder of Neon Workshops, a company that has fabricated a lot of neon text over the years for a number of very successful artists.  Things People Say responds to this experience, suggesting that everyone can say something worthy of a large neon installation, arguing that the importance of a statement is often purely the contextual shoulders that it stands on.  The work questions our growing obsession in worshiping the individual.

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Richard William Wheater


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