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SSW is 40: Community Making Sessions

Saturday 2 November 2019, 10am – 1pm Forming part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, we invite our neighbours in Lumsden, Kildrummy and Towie to come along and try something new in our Community Making Sessions. Join us for free workshops in blacksmithing, aluminium casting and jesmonite casting for all ages and abilities, led by highly skilled artists and technicians. Celebrating 40 years of SSW, these workshops are a chance to share in the skills and processes available at SSW Lumsden. […]

SSW is 40!

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 November 2019 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of Scottish Sculpture Workshop, and with it 40 years of making here on our site in Lumsden, Aberdeenshire. We gladly invite you to join us in celebrating this milestone with a special weekend of processes, performances and partying. Looking back, we will share multiple forms of making central to SSW; a performative iron pour, a breakfast pot-luck and collaborative works in progress developed through residency this year. This […]

Maija Annikki Savolainen, Spectral beings (2019)

(re)constituting residency – with/in other centres

Wednesday 6 November 2019, 6pm Finnish Institute in London Gathering by land, sea and screen, North AiR artists and network partners invite you to join talks and open discussions, probing the future of artists’ residency in a time of ecological breakdown. Sharing learning from the North AiR pilot residency exchange, artists George Ridgeway (UK) and Maija Annikki Savolainen (FI) will open up their research and practices, developed through residency exchange with organisations in Scotland; Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Taigh Chearsabhagh with […]

Capital Project ManagerPhoto: Erika Stevenson

Invitation to quote for Capital Project Manager

Deadline for submission of quotations: Wednesday 13 November 2019, 1pm Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW) is seeking quotes from experienced Capital Project Managers to oversee all aspects of our upcoming Capital Development phase. Following the completion of a Feasibility Study in 2018, we are looking to address the urgent need for upgrading the SSW site, so that the facilities are fit for purpose, artists, organisational needs and ambition. The successful bid will have specific expertise in capital development, business development in […]

The students at Lumsden primary school in their den with artist Eothen Stearn

Lumsden Residency: Eothen Stearn

Our third Lumsden Residency artist of 2019 is Eothen Stearn, whose practice roams between the intimacy of personal relations, the details of everyday life, music, feminism and science fiction. Bringing these diverse interests to SSW, Eo worked together with the pupils at Lumsden Primary School to build a den, thinking about it as collectively making a multi-sensory environment, or installation, in the local woodland. Eo joined us in September 2019 for a month-long residency alongside the last of our Summer […]

North AiR: Maija Annikki Savolainen

“Thinking photography under the horizon of extinction will allow me to draw two temporal lines in the history of this particular medium: one extended towards the past, the other – toward the future. If we consider the history of photography as part of the broader natural-cultural history of our planet, as I propose to do here, we will be able to trace parallels between photographs and fossils, and read photography as a light-induced process of fossilization occurring across different media. […]

Summer Residents 2019: September

A new group of residents has arrived at SSW for the third and final Summer Residency of 2019, and the site is buzzing once again. Below, we share an insight into their practices, and their plans for the month-long residency here. The third Summer Residency runs from 2 — 29 September 2019. Na LuiParis, France With a background in fashion, Na uses assemblage and cut-up fragments from literature as the starting point for her work. At SSW, she wants to […]

Lumsden Residency: Anna Danielewicz

Our second Lumsden Residency artist of 2019 is Anna Danielewicz, whose performance and writing-based practice looks at post-human perspectives, ecological and systemic breakdown. During her residency she devised a workshop drawing on ancient farming methods and the cyclical farming calendar. With the students at Lumsden Primary School, they collectively developed movements and routines based on these actions towards a collaborative dance score. Below, Anna shares some drawings and words from the workshop. Anna will return to SSW in November this […]

Programme and Communications Internship: Camille Biddell

One month into my internship at SSW, here are some snapshots of life in Lumsden. Time passes strangely – 4 weeks isn’t so long but the start feels a long time ago. Life has a different pace and is punctuated with memorable moments…. Driving up from the south, the roads get quieter and quieter, hills rise slowly and the sun spreads copper warmth on gentle peaks Watching molten bronze pour into molds Stealing sunny moments to swim in the river, […]

Raku firing!

Summer Residency: August 2019

In August, we welcomed Claire Baily (UK), Chelsea Farquhar (AU) and Tal Gafny (IL), alongside Lumsden resident Anna Danielewicz (UK) for our second Summer Residency of 2019. Living and working together for one month on our site in Aberdeenshire,  the group developed strong friendships, connections and a love of wild swimming, whilst learning new skills and developing work across our facilities. With a practice rooted in casting, Claire utilised and explored these skills to explore mapping within her sculptures. Bringing […]