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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 […]

THE RURAL / Bookcover of The Rural by Myvillages for DoCA series of Whitechapel Gallery and MIT Press 2019 / Photo by Wapke Feenstra 2013

BE PART: The Rural School of Economics

“What is this learning that gives us agency to cope, resist and change current conditions and ‘make other worlds possible’ from wherever and whatever is our position: as practitioners, activists, artists, researchers, students and ordinary citizens?” — Doina Petrescu, Learn to Act for an Engaged Everyday Life (2017)1 In the rural North East of Scotland, SSW is commissioning artist collective Myvillages as their first BE PART Fieldwork, to learn from and with the multitude of rural knowledge systems held within […]

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 […]

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 […]

Smoke rises above the tar sandsImage: Chris Kolaczan

Public Talks series 2020: Suzanne Dhaliwal

Public Talk #2: Suzanne Dhaliwal | Wednesday 25 March 2020 Public Talk + Discussion, 7 – 8:30pmScottish Sculpture Workshop1 Main Street, Lumsden Join climate justice campaigner and activist Suzanne Dhaliwal for the second Public Talk of 2020, sharing her work on indigenous rights and mining issues, and the role of culture in a movement to effect change. As founder of the UK Tar Sands Network, Suzanne works in solidarity with the Indigenous Environmental network to campaign against UK corporations and […]

Photo: Ross Fraser McLean / Studio RoRo

Alternative Firings

Introduction to Ceramics

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 […]

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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 […]