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Farewell to Creative Europe

On 31 March 2021, the Creative Europe Desks across the UK closed their doors – just one of the many heart wrenching outcomes of the UK’s exit from the European Union. Sam Trotman, Director at SSW, made the following speech at the farewell event on behalf of Scotland’s beneficiaries of the Creative Europe programme. Today I wanted to talk about how the Creative Europe programme has enabled us to support incredible artists, share and learn from their vital work and […]

Sholto Dobie, Hoolie-gool-oo-oo (2018) SSW x Counterflows Residency. Photo: Erika Stevenson

Open Call: Community Radio Team Members

These roles have now been filled, but check back for other ways to get involved with Lumsden Live.15 days between Monday 29 March – Sunday 23 May 2021 Are you interested in connecting people and ideas in Lumsden and the surrounding areas? Are you excited to think about the future of our small rural community and the possibilities of what can happen here? Do you love radio or are you interested in learning how to run, programme and host a […]

RESHAPE: Governance of the Possible

Over the past 2 years SSW Director Sam Trotman has been working with over 40 other artists/ cultural workers and 12 partners organisations from across Europe and the Southern Mediterranean to develop collaborative, bottom-up research that proposes ways to transition towards a fairer arts ecology with a specific focus on fair governance. Working in collaboration with Helga Baert (Direction – WPZimmer) and Martin Schick (artist and Cultural Manager bluefactory), informed by a wide range of artists, arts workers and local […]

Rock out 2020

This year, we won’t be doing our usual wrap up and review of the year. Instead, as 2020 draws to a close, let’s see it off with a bang. For everyone who wants to relive their heady days spent in the warm embrace of the foundry at SSW, we share with you Eden’s classic and improved Foundry Anthems*. If this isn’t enough to get you through the last few weeks of the year, we highly recommend the new album by […]

Photo: Amy Pickles

Open Call: SSW x Counterflows Caregivers Residency

Deadline for applications: Monday 14 December 2020, 12 noon. The care of others is central to the collective survival of our world yet is deeply undervalued within our society – this is often mirrored in the structures of support created for artists.  The SSW x Counterflows Caregivers residency is shaped to support artists who undertake this essential care work and is set up to provide a nourishing, open and flexible residency structure to serve their diverse needs.  Caring for family […]

View from the Buck, near Lumsden in February 2019.

We are hiring: Programme and Communications Fellow

Applications for this role are now closed. Salary: £21,000, 1 year fixed-term Based on site at SSW in Lumsden, Aberdeenshire (relocation support available) Scottish Sculpture Workshop is looking for a Programme and Communications Fellow to work closely with the team, artists, project partners and our local community in Lumsden. This one year, fixed-term role is one of fifty placements across the UK supported by the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries (WJCB). The programme aims to make the arts a fairer and more […]

sketch for multi-headed puppet for several performers (2016), Gordon Douglas.

DIY 17: 2020 — That’s Governance!

Applications for this workshop are closed. Dates: Friday 27 November — Sunday 29 November That’s Governance! invites participants to work together and propose a non-human candidate to hold a position on Scottish Sculpture Workshop’s Board of Trustees. Applying games and exercises in deep listening and roleplay with puppets, the workshop will encourage a playful response and challenge to the perceivably immovable conditions of governing. What can we achieve by heightening our grasp of organisational advice from non-human actors, and what […]

Summer Residency (2019). Photo: Ki Dong Kwon

Open Again: September

From September 2020 we are pleased to reopen the SSW site for Courses and Open Access bookings in wood, metals and cold-casting. We have been working hard to put new measures in place to keep everyone safe. These include some physical changes to our workshops and some changes to how we work together across the site. All of our COVID-19 safety measures have been planned with reference to the Scottish Government guidelines and an understanding of our different users’ diverse […]

Image: Ross Fraser McLean / Studio RoRo

A wee update from Scottish Sculpture Workshop: May

It’s been two months since we closed our site in Lumsden. Like so many people, we have had to adapt how we live, work and communicate with each other during this time. With ongoing emerging information and shifting guidelines, we’ve worked on and then reworked our plans many times. As a team, we have set up a mutual aid group with our community in Lumsden, revealed the plans for transforming our workshops and had a remote ‘cake Monday’ delivered to […]

Image: Sasha Saben Callaghan

Open call: Not Going Back to Normal

Deadline for submissions: Monday 29 June 2020 We’re proud to support Not Going Back to Normal, a project by Harry Josephine Giles and Sasha Saben Callaghan, produced by Collective. Together with Arika, Artlink, CCA Glasgow, Collective, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Glasgow School of Art and Project Ability we are commissioning a radical manifesto by and for disabled artists working in Scotland. Scroll down for Harry Josephine Giles’ and Sasha Saben Callaghan’s call for submissions and information about the project below. This […]