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Photo: Ross Fraser McLean / Studio RoRo

Alternative Firings

Introduction to Ceramics

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 […]

Photo: Martin Schick

RESHAPE: Governing a culture of survival?

Sam Trotman, Director of SSW, is participating in RESHAPE, a research and development programme that looks to reimagine and reorganise how the arts operates across a range of European and South Mediterranean contexts. Sam is working together with the ‘Fairer Governance’ trajectory group, which seeks to develop concrete proposals towards open, inclusive and flexible governance models. Recently Sam, together with ‘reshapers’ Martin Schick and Helga Baert, collaborated on this speculative text, outlining, “a paradigm shift in the cultural field, to […]

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 […]

A group of people stand in a snowy landscapeWinter Residency 2020 artists with Harry Josephine Giles

Winter Residents 2020: January

We’re into the second week of our first 2020 residency, with artists Eloïse Dieutegard, Fionn Duffy, Cassia Dodman, David Moré and Leila Alice Smith. 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 first Winter Residency of 2020 runs from 27 January — 24 February. Eloïse DieutegardAmsterdam, Netherlands […]


SSW has simple shared accommodation on site as well as a house in the village. On site are four bedrooms, two single and two twin, with shared bathrooms. The main kitchen is housed in the Bothy, which also has laundry facilities. No. 17, the house in the village, also has four bedrooms, two double rooms, one twin and one family room with a shared bathroom. There is also a kitchen at the house, although residents may choose to use the […]


The studio at SSW is a bright, warm space. It is a shared studio which encourages conversation and cross-overs, between residency artists and open access artists. The studio has several large desks, but can be set up depending on the group’s requirements. There is 24 hour access to the studio for residents. The studio is available to any artist who comes on Open Access or residency.

Photo: Ross Fraser McLean

Iron Casting

Scottish Sculpture Workshop’s two short stack cupolette furnaces offer artists the unique opportunity to work in iron. Our Senior Technician Eden Jolly has a vast knowledge and experience of running the specialist furnaces and working with iron from ore through to final casts. As with all SSW facilities, artists will be encouraged to participate in every part of the process, from breaking up iron to counting charges and pouring the metal. To work in iron at SSW, request Open Access […]