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Ceramic Shell Room at SSW

Open Access

Make use of SSW facilities at any time with Open Access. Offered on a ‘Production’ or ‘Research’ basis, with non-residential rates also available, Open Access is available to any artist, maker or individual wishing to develop a project, fabricate work or spend time with their practice. Production Open Access is fully supported by our technical team who will offer bespoke guidance and training as required to enable you to make use of our wood and metal workshops, foundry, wax and […]

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Ceramics at SSW

Our busy and well-equipped ceramics studio offers artists the space, specialist advice and equipment to develop their work and practices in an experimental and supportive environment, dedicated to creative and innovative practice with ceramics. From building and forming, through to firing and glazing, the ceramics studio at SSW is a bright and open space for developing new projects and skills with the specialist support of our part-time SSW Ceramics Technician. Get involved with our weekly Clay Group, or book Ceramics […]

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Into The Mountain – Performance

Into The Mountain will culminate in a place-sensitive performance journey for live audiences in summer 2019. Drawing from research, events and workshops developed by Simone Kenyon over the past six years, the performance will be presented in the Cairngorm Mountain Range. Through working directly with this unique environment, the performance explores how women encounter and engage with mountainous environments and explores both historical and current perspectives of gender and access in relationship to the Scottish landscape. The performance journey will […]

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Into The Mountain – A Meet

24 November 2018, 10am – 5pm Tramway, Glasgow Tickets available here. Into The Mountain – A Meet brings together practitioners and enthusiasts interested in the intersections and conversations between the arts, dance, mountain and hill walking cultures. Together we will critically explore through talks, discussions and workshops, how women encounter and engage with mountainous environments, considering both historical and current perspectives of gender in relationship to landscapes. We will also delve into the entanglements between dance, mountaineering, contemporary feminist writing, […]

Into The Mountain, workshops and events imageImage: Simone Kenyon

Into The Mountain – Workshops and Events

Supporting phase one of Into The Mountain, Simone Kenyon and invited artists and speakers delivered a series of talks and workshops for diverse audiences. To keep up to date with developments in the Into The Mountain project and see upcoming events, visit the dedicated website at www.intothemountain.co.uk. Previous workshops and events are listed below.

Wax burn outImage credit: Kerri Jefferis and Sophie Chapman

Summer Residencies 2018: August

Another incredible residency group have come and gone, marking the end of this year’s summer residency programme. Thanks to Kate Squires, Kerri Jefferis & Sophie Chapman, Marloes Staal, Megan Rudden and Rachel Sharpe for all the conversations, making, walking, potlucks and saunas. We hope to see you all at SSW again in the future. The summer residency group was also joined by India Harvey, one of this year’s selected artists for the Lumsden Residency. India will be returning to SSW […]

DIY 15: Project O – How do we DEAL and how do we do better/do US?

DIY 15 For the second year running SSW joined the collaborative network led by Live Art Development Agency (LADA) DIY; Professional development projects by artists for artists. DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art across the UK to take part in unusual training and professional development projects conceived and run by artists for artists. As a network we understand that the development of creative practices is as much about the exploration of ideas and experiences as training in skills and techniques, and past DIY projects […]

During the Nida's traditional midsummer rites with spells and ritual foraging of herbs and flowers. Image: Andrej Vasilenko

Every contact leaves a trace

Summer at SSW is magical, particularly with our recent spell of weather. Its full of energy and excitement with residency programmes, talks, projects and courses all running simultaneously… Still its important for us to emerge form our ‘Lumsden bubble’ and make time to see whats happening elsewhere in the world. At SSW its important for us to be connected to our locality, whilst also engaging with and learning from a multitude of places, people and practices across Europe and beyond. […]

Bronze age furnace

Bronze Age Casting

Goodbye to the first residents of 2018

This week saw us say goodbye to the first group of artists in our 2018 Nightshift programme. Its been a busy four weeks of researching, making work, walking on ice and exploring the hills, sweating in the sauna, eating hearty meals, learning, retreating and collaborating. We also had an artist talk and reading group hosted by visiting artist Barry Sykes, group studio visits, presentations and pot-luck meals. Artists in the first Nightshift programme of 2018 were: Sarah Demoen, Elaine Harrington, […]