Category : Events

3 day course: Running an Iron Cupolette Furnace led by Prof. George Beasley

Last weekend at SSW, we ran a course on how to run and maintain an iron cupolette furnace, led by the very talented Professor George Beasley. George’s vast knowledge of iron and instinctive approach whilst running iron furnaces is thanks to many years of experience and experimentation. He was born in Ironton, Ohio in 1943. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Cranbrook Academy of Art and began teaching at Georgia State University in the Fine Art Department in […]


Frontiers in Retreat feature artist: Mari Keski-Korsu

Frontiers in Retreat Frontiers in Retreat (FiR) is a five-year collaboration project that fosters multidisciplinary dialogue on ecological questions within a European network involving artist residencies, art and education organisations, artists, experts in various disciplines as well as diverse audiences. The aim of the project is to broaden the understanding of global ecological changes and their local impacts on European natural environments by means of contemporary artistic practices and through a multidisciplinary approach. During the course of FiR, SSW has hosted […]

Artist-Led Exchange Event – Roos Dijkhuizen

Roos Dijkhuizen has been on residency at SSW the past month experimenting and creating a series of objects inspired by local symbology that can also be used to create an ensemble of sounds. Roos would like to invite you to the workshop on Thursday 6th of July to share and explore how these objects can be played in a collective group, considering the works as tools to respond to your environment and finding your own rhythms in the landscape. The […]

In the shadow of the breast

North East landmark in focus: international artists’ new work inspired by Bennachie on view in Aberdeen  Preview 6.30pm Friday 4 April 2014 Seventeen, 17 Belmont Street, Aberdeen Bennachie – hill of the breast – is an iconic landmark that has cast its shadow over the North East since it was formed 400 million years ago. This mass of rock was gradually worn away by glaciations, wind, rain and frost, revealing the familiar profile that stands dominating the horizon today. In the […]

Work created by Mary Freeman

Natural Bennachie, from Glasgow to Milan!

Henry Coombes film, “Two Discs and a Zed” (working title Between the Dog and the Wolf), made as part of the Natural Bennachie project, will show at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow. Previewing Friday, 22 November, the exhibition “Man of the Year” will run until Sunday 26th January.  Further details of the event are available on the CCA website; http://www.cca-glasgow.com/ We are very pleased to announce that Natural Bennachie artists collective Casali+Roubini have had their short documentary film “Arrange […]

New installation on Bennachie with Venice Biennale artist Elpida

This morning Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva led a group of volunteer artists to create a large scale temporary artwork/installation on Bennachie hill. Over the next few days Elpida will be working closely with students from Gray’s School of Art, as well as the Forestry Commission Scotland and the Bailies of Bennachie, and the artwork will emerge as a spectacular visual intervention spanning over 0.6 of a hectare, visible from the summit of Mither Tap and Mill Stone. Working collaboratively as part of […]

Pollen Analysis Art Science Exhibition

Art Science Exhibition by artist collective ~ in the fields opens at the Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen from Thursday 7 November to Sunday 17 November 2014. The exhibition results from a collaboration between ~ in the fields and Dr. Edward Schofield of the School of Geosciences at the University of Aberdeen, exploring the past environment of the iconic Bennachie range through soil sampling and pollen analysis. The exhibition opens with an Artist Talk at 7pm on Thursday 7th […]

Huntly Halloweeen – Get Ready to Flashmob!

As everyone gathers at the Castle grounds, turn on your phones and play this new track from Olid Nordhausen…. The Indifference of a Benevolent God Huntly Halloween mp3 Please right click the link above to download.

Public Programme: USUK Cast Iron Symposium

So here it is – drop by and say hi or join us for the artist talks, Friday 13th Potluck, the production pour on Saturday 14th or the SSW Summer BBQ on Friday 20th… Sunday, July 8 7pm: Artists Presentations – SSW; Catrin Jeans & Fraser MacDonald, Ginny Hutchinson, George Beasley   Tuesday, July 10 7pm: Artists Presentation – Kevin Dart   Thursday, July 12 7pm: Artists Presentations – Jeff Crawford and Austin Sheppard   Friday, July 13 7pm: Friday […]

Coast Festival 2012

Ceramics by the Sea Shore – Paper Kiln Firing On the morning of the 26th of May we travelled up Banff Castle Grounds to set up for the paper kiln demonstration we would be doing that day. We began setting up at 10am and gathered interest from the public early on. We were joined by Phil from Gray’s School of Art, and began construction, by making two simple stick “teepees” on top of steel grates, which were tied at the […]