Category : News

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 […]

Architect's render of SSWArchitect’s render of proposed view into SSW yard from Main Street, Lumsden. Image: Collective Architecture

Planning application submitted to transform our workshops

Following our announcement of a major capital project in November 2019, we are excited to have recently submitted a planning application to Aberdeenshire Council detailing our proposed transformation of our workshops.  The plans, developed by Collective Architecture in consultation with SSW’s users and local community, will upgrade our facilities to create an improved, accessible environment for artists and local makers. This will include improved metal, wood and cold casting workshops, a new street facing community space, increased disability access and […]

A plaster head bathes in sunlight with tools surrounding it.Work by 2019 Summer Residency artist Sally Rickett. Photo: SSW

COVID-19: A message for our communities

This message was posted in March 2020. Read our May update here. A message for our communities: Due to COVID-19 we have made some changes to our planning and activity over the coming months in order to protect each other’s health while at SSW and more widely. Epidemics such as COVID-19 ask us to not only think about those we know, but also those we don’t know. We all have diverse circumstances, health and duties of care, and this situation […]

Winter Residents 2020: March

Over the last week we’ve been glad to welcome our second winter residency group of 2020, with artists Mhairi Killin, Anka Helfertová, Lili Huston-Herterich, Shona Robin MacPherson and Siân McIntyre. All artists responded to our Winter Residency call, which explores the muddy tensions between materiality and extraction within a time of climate breakdown. Here we share their plans for the residency period and an insight into their interests and practices. The second Winter Residency of 2020 runs from 2 – 30 […]

From DIY 2019: To The Ritual Knowledge Of Remembering // HIT THE GROUND led by Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson (image by Sara Lima)

Call for proposals: DIY17: 2020

*Revised* Deadline for applications: Thursday 9 April 2020, 12pm GMT DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual research, training and professional development projects for themselves and other artists. 2020 is the fourth year SSW have participated in the DIY network. Collectively we understand DIY is all about creating spaces to explore new ideas and test new methodologies. We want to hear from you if have an idea for an exciting, innovative and […]

Winter Residency: January 2020

In January we welcomed the first of our two Winter Residency groups in 2020. Artists Eloïse Dieutegard, Cassia Dodman, Fionn Duffy, David Moré and Leila Alice Smith lived and worked together on site for four weeks, forming close relationships (with each other, the site, staff team, processes, materials and surrounding landscape) and developing their diverse practices. This year’s Winter Residency call out focused on the role of making and materiality in a time of climate breakdown. Building on thinking and research from projects, together with […]

Glazing at SSW. Photo: Felicity Crawshaw

Open Call: 2020 Ceramics Internship

Deadline for applications: Friday 13 March 2020, 12pm GMT We are inviting applications for a Ceramics Internship which will run from Monday 26 October — Monday 14 December 2020. This internship programme provides hands-on learning for people interested in developing experience of working in a busy ceramics workshop within a rural workshop facility. Our ceramics workshop offers artists the space, specialist advice and equipment to develop their work in an experimental and supportive environment, dedicated to creative and innovative practice […]

Simone Kenyon, Into The Mountain (2019). Photo: Felicity Crawshaw

Open Call: 2020 Programme and Communications Internship

Deadline for applications: Friday 13 March 2020, 12pm GMT We are inviting applications for our Programme and Communications Internship, which will run from from Monday 13 April — Monday 15 June 2020. This programme provides hands on learning for people interested in developing a knowledge of working in the arts with particular focus on arts administration, communications, programme development, planning and delivery, with and for artists. As the Programme and Communications Intern, you will be working with the SSW Programme […]


Public Talks series 2020: Borbála Soós

Public Talk #1: Borbála Soós | Wednesday 12 February 2020 Join curator Borbála Soós for a public talk in the form of a journey, exploring relationships between people, places and materials. Through stories, video, sound and artworks, she invites us to travel through a series of passageways; from a spiral staircase inside a shell, to an underwater forest resembling the rewilded hills in the Cairngorms National Park, and other parallel realities on the way. There are two separate events, the […]