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George Ridgeway, Togæther (2018), Lumsden Residency with SSW & Lumsden School. Photo: Erika Stevenson

Open Call: We are looking for new Board Members

Deadline for expressions of interest: Friday 24 September 2021, 12pm GMT We are looking for people to join our Board from October 2021 to work collaboratively with SSW’s existing Board Members and staff team. Together, we will support our mission, of empowering artists and local communities through collective learning and skills development, from our site in Lumsden, Aberdeenshire. Over the coming years we will be building on our work to date, to complete the transformative capital development of our workshop […]

Laura and Murray sit on light blue foam mats on the floor and hold Rowan and Jude's hands. Rowan and Jude are leaning on Laura and Murray for support to stand up. Rowans waking frame is in the foreground and buggy is in the background.Laura, Murray, Rowan and Jude on residency at SSW (2021). Film still courtesy of the artist.

SSW x Counterflows Caregivers Residency: Laura Bradshaw

We welcomed Laura Bradshaw and her family, Murray, Jude and Rowan in June 2021 for the first part of a SSW x Counterflows Caregivers Residency. Here Laura reflects on the first two weeks of the residency and shares questions that will inform the next half of the residency in August. In June I completed half of a 4 week Caregivers Residency with Scottish Sculpture Workshop and Counterflows. I took my family to SSW to work together for 2 weeks in […]

A mix of small ceramic pots sits on a wooden table. They are all around palm size with brown, blue, grey, white and purple glazes and different textures. Some have been thrown on the wheel and others are handbuilt.Robert Foster's ceramics in the studio at SSW (2021). Photo: Zoë Tumika

Summer Residents 2021: Robert Foster

In June this year we were glad to welcome the first of our 2020 Summer Residency artists, Robert Foster and his family, one year later than originally planned due to COVID-19. Here Robert writes about his experience on residency at SSW, including being an artist-in-residence with a young family and his experiments in the ceramics workshop. Thanks for sharing this Robert, and we look forward to seeing what comes next for you all! For the month of June, I was […]

Internal view into yard, Architect's impressions of the capital development at SSW. Image: Collective Architecture

Updates on our capital development plans: July 2021

We are thrilled to share plans for phase one of our capital development project which will focus on a new Community Making Space, expansion of our ceramics workshop and newly refurbished artist accommodation. The developments are led by Collective Architecture and will begin in autumn, following successful planning permission from Aberdeenshire Council. Generously supported with funding from the Bently Foundation, the first phase of developments are set to begin in October 2021 with completion planned for April 2022. Within these […]

Lumsden Live programming team, BEPART Assembly (2021). Left to right: Zoë Tumika, Sam Trotman, Angela Main, Mark Vernon, Maxine Smith, Jenny Salmean. Photo: Joanne Cairney

Welcome and good luck: July 2021

We are happy to share a few updates to the SSW team for the coming year. It’s our pleasure to welcome Zoë Tumika to the SSW team in the role of Programme and Communications Fellow, with the support of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries. Zoë moved to Lumsden in May 2021, bringing knowledge and insight as an artist and from working with Transmission and SPIT Collective in Glasgow. Zoë has already gotten stuck in supporting the development and production of […]

three wooden reeds from a church organ stacked on some green mossReeds from a church organ. Photo: Chris Dooks

SSW x Counterflows Caregivers’ Residency: Chris Dooks

In April 2021, we welcomed the first of our SSW x Counterflows Caregivers’ Residency artists, Chris Dooks. Chris creates performative-narrative works that are also disability strategies and place-making projects with ‘artist-as-healer’ themes. In the first weeks of his residency at SSW, Chris made sound-objects and pilgrimages. In this short recording, he shares what he has been working on in the first weeks of residency, together with reflections on being an artist with caregiving responsibilities. Scottish Sculpture Workshop · Read a […]

White wiggly text on a black background reads 'Lumsden Live 87.9'Design: Zoë Tumika

BEPART Assembly : Lumsden Live

From 18 – 22 May 2021, tune in to Lumsden Live, a community radio station on 87.9 FM in Lumsden and online across the world! Download a .pdf of the programme here or view the full schedule online at www.lumsden.live. Lumsden Live forms the first international Assembly for the BEPART project, an international network across Europe. Bringing together communities in Aberdeenshire with the wider BEPART network, the radio schedule sets out to explore how collective community action has and continues […]

Summer Residency (2018) Photo: Tal Gafney

Welcome back!

Following the latest relaxation of COVID-19 lockdown measures in Scotland, we can’t wait to welcome you back to the workshops from Monday 3 May 2021. We are re-opening the site carefully, with Residency, Open Access, Ceramics and Courses starting back up gradually over the coming months. Familiar COVID-19 protocols will be in place across all activity to keep everyone safe. As a brief overview, when you come to SSW please expect: reduced numbers of users and staff on site physical […]

Forge Club

Taster Sessions: Wednesdays 2 & 9 June, 10am – 2pm. Have you ever wanted to learn blacksmithing, but don’t have the kit or know-how? Do you live in Lumsden or Kildrummy? The new Forge Club at SSW is an exciting way to give blacksmithing a go in a fun, creative and friendly environment. The sessions will be led by Brian Whiteman, skilled volunteer, with the support of SSW Technicians. Brian says, “Forge Club will be informal, open to anyone and […]

Jake Williams photographed by 2019 Winter Residency artist Anna Mitterer (2019)

Call for proposals: Radio takeover shows

Updated deadline: Monday 26 April 2021 From 18 – 22 May, Lumsden Live, a new community radio station, will be broadcasting live from Scottish Sculpture Workshop on FM channels in Lumsden and online across the globe! Lumsden Live is a platform for people in Lumsden and the surrounding area to explore and imagine possibilities for the future of our rural communities. The community programming team is now looking for ideas and proposals for ‘takeover’ shows, to be broadcast throughout the […]