Lumsden Residency



Following on from Scottish Sculpture Workshop’s 2017 Artist- led Activity Exchange Programme, the Lumsden Residency is a part-funded residency award which provides artists with a month-long residency that builds towards participatory activity taking place during SSW’s Lumsden Weekender in November 2018. The Lumsden Weekender is a new annual gathering of artists and local communities, who come together over the Bonfire Night weekend to experience each selected artists participatory practice alongside discussion and food around the fire. This residency may result in new artworks, performances, group activities, parties and workshops and any other wider events and activities over the weekend event.

There are three Lumsden Residencies available, one place for each Summer Residency month in 2018: May, June, and August. The selected artists will initially undertake individual residencies during one of these months, focusing on self directed practice, and then return in November to take part in the Lumsden Weekender programme.

During the residency period artists will have time to spend on the development of their work – whether this is for production, research or experimentation. Artists will receive a series of curatorial sessions with the Programme Manager, who will support them in developing and producing their activity. The residency period also allows for workshop time with support from SSW technical staff to develop new skills determined by the artist’s own interests and practice. Artists will have full access to the workshops and up to two sessions a week dedicated technical assistance.

Additionally, sitting within SSW’s Summer Programme, enables each Lumsden Residency artist the opportunity to also participate in a series of group work activities and events, organised through the Summer Residency Programme. Visit theSummer Residency Programme page for more details on this programme.

The Lumsden Residencies are opportunities for artists interested in participatory-based art making to explore working with public programming, engagement and education, in SSW’s rural environment. We are particularly interested in context specific activities, where work is considered or developed in response to locality, resources, local knowledges and communities; the residency period is the ideal setting to explore these contexts.

In addition to creating a participatory activity for the Lumsden Weekender, we would also like artists to deliver one workshop, talk or activity for the local school, Lumsden Primary School. Lumsden Primary School is a small school consisting of one class with children between the ages of 5-12 years old. SSW has a good relationship with the school and works with them regularly; the Programme Manager will support this activity alongside the schools Head Teacher.


SSW is a making and thinking facility based in Aberdeenshire in North East Scotland. Our aim is to offer the time, space, support and facilities to artists from all backgrounds to develop their practice, with an emphasis on experimentation within interdisciplinary practices and the exploration of sculpture within the expanded field.

The core programme is formed through; the facilitation of artist residencies, the delivery of artists projects, a commitment to national and international partnership and the provision of public workshop facilities. SSW is dedicated to promoting dialogue that considers its rural locale within a globalised society. We are committed to the transformative role of arts practice, with a particular emphasis on the role of artists and institutions to address social, political and environmental issues.


  • A free 4-week residency during the Summer Residency Programme.
  • Shared self-catering accommodation, studio space, and access to facilities, including workshops. Materials and consumables are subject to charge.
  • Curatorial, production and technical support and mentoring.
  • A small event budget of £100.00 is available to for each artist to deliver their activity; this can be used to cover costs associated with production i.e. speaker’s fees/ hospitality/ materials/ printing/ equipment rental. An additional budget of £50.00 is available for any materials needed for the session at Lumsden Primary.
  • Travel support of £150.00 (£75 for the residency and £75 to attend the Lumsden Weekender)


  • A participatory activity, which opens up an element of the artists practice or research for a public audience during the Lumsden Weekender in November 2018. A proposal for this is required at application stage.
  • To deliver a session at Lumsden Primary School within the residency period. A proposal for the activity at the School is required at application stage. There will be less time to develop this session, as it will take place during the residency time, so please keep this activity simple.
  • Either of the above could be delivered as an artist-led workshop or class, screening, performance, gig, outing, walk, artist talk, in-conversation, exhibition, pop-up shop, small-scale project, or artist and local community exchange opportunities. Please consider the time of year for the activity and bare in mind SSW do not have conventional gallery spaces.


Submissions should outline the areas of research and a proposal describing the potential activity you would like to explore during the Lumsden Weekender in November, although we would encourage the selected artists to revise these proposals during their residencies should the process develop in this time.


Duration: one month (4 weeks)

Date(s):The Lumsden Residency coincides with the 2018 Summer Residency Programme dates:
Residency 1: 7 May – 4 June
Residency 2: 11 June – 9 July
Residency 3: 30 July – 27 August
Please state your preferred or available dates in the application form.

Cost:  Places are free with an event allowance of £150 for the activities. Plus Travel allowance of £150 (£75 per trip)

Application Deadline: NOW CLOSED 

Application:We ask you to submit via our online submission platform. You are advised to complete your application off-line until it is ready to be submitted, as the contents of the form cannot be saved before submission. You will be asked to submit:

  • A cover letter stating your research area and reasons for applying to the programme, demonstrating an understanding and response to the location, critical programme and/or facilities. (500 words max.)
  • Artist statement summarising your practice. (250 words max.)
  • Lumsden Weekender proposal for your research and expected form of activity during the Lumsden Weekender in November (250 words max.)
  • Lumsden Primary School proposal for your expected form of activity at Lumsden Primary School during the residency (250 words max.)
  • Up to date CV
  • A digital portfolio (4 – 6 work samples, e.g. images, text samples or links to online content)

If you wish to discuss your application or proposals prior to the deadline please contact SSW Programme Manager Yvonne Billimore: yvonne@ssw.org.uk

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