Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW) is situated at the North end of Lumsden’s Main Street. When it was established in 1979 by artist and educator, Fred Bushe it was the first sculpture-specific artist workshop to be developed in the UK.
SSW is a making and thinking facility – offering the time, space, support and facilities to artists from all backgrounds to develop their practice, with an emphasis on experimentation and exploration of sculpture within the expanded field. Through a series of curated projects, collaboration and skill exchanges between visual artists, local specialists and the wider North East community, SSW promotes a dialogue that considers our rural locale within a globalised society. The core programme of SSW is based around the facilitation of artist residencies, the delivery of projects and the provision of facilities, as well as offering open access to workshops for all.
Set in the foothills of the Grampian Mountains, and a ten-minute drive from the Cairngorm National Park, Scottish Sculpture Workshop is based in the rural village of Lumsden. It has approx. 300 inhabitants, a village hall, a garage/shop/post office, and pub. It is a great base to explore the historic and prehistoric sites for which the area is renowned*.
The wider region is home to both the Castle and Whisky Trail, as well as the landmark hill of Bennachie, and the North East coast has beautiful beaches and cliff walks.
*NB: for travel in the region a car is generally required. Cars are available to hire from Inverurie, Elgin and Aberdeen.
SSW runs an internship programme and takes on 2-3 placements a year. All SSW employment and Board opportunities are advertised through social media and the Creative Scotland website, when positions are available.
Disabled access at SSW
SSW is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming workspace, free from physical and social barriers. Our site has a good degree of level access for wheelchair users, with wide doorways and site lines throughout the main building.
With the exception of one building, all the resources on site are fully wheelchair accessible. Please note there are a number of changes in levels and ground surfaces, which may make movement around the site challenging for some, including those who are visually impaired.
Our accommodation is not currently wheelchair accessible, but we are happy to make suggestions for alternative accommodations. In our wood, metal and casting workshops we have a variety of different workstations at differing heights. Visitors with access requirements will work closely with our technicians to ensure they are set up in a comfortable and safe working environment for their specific needs.
The site can be noisy at times, with machinery operating at a loud volume. We understand this could be distressing for some and have safe, quiet spaces available if any visitor finds this overwhelming.
Our toilets have a good level of access and are wheelchair accessible.
If you have any suggestions, questions or requirements relating to access, please get in touch and we will make every effort to support you to visit. We are also listed on Euan’s Guide.