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SSW is 40! (2019). Photo: Felicity Crawshaw

40 years and more

As we come to the close of our 40th year, we have commissioned three texts speculating on our immediate future as an organisation and the ongoing ‘becomings’ and transformations that take place here. Taru Elvfing, Ilana Halperin and Jack Tan have all come to know SSW in different ways. Their words share both their personal experiences of this place, and the spaces or opportunities they see in our practices. These texts are available to download and read, share and discuss. […]

Photo: Petra Söör, Into The Mountain research (2018)

SWEAT: the sky leaks I leak – A collective poem

A collective poem, written by the participants in SWEAT: the sky leaks I leak with Edythe Woolley, October 2019 at Scottish Sculpture Workshop. Go get me a good view Sit me loosely in your arm sockets Hold us all tight. A DVD of a fire place window like a TV landscape painting from a house in the Sims. Am I not usually quite keen for mad creatures to jump on me? Yellow pigment erotica or something dumb and tacky / […]

SSW Board of Trustees

Dr Jennifer Clarke is an anthropologist, artist and educator, currently Lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies at Gray’s School of Art. Her research combines and explores the boundaries of art practice and anthropology. Her projects are grounded in socially engaged, trans-disciplinary ‘art-anthropology’, developed through residencies, workshops, and exhibition-making in Japan, Taiwan, and the UK, working with whatever media and modes seems appropriate. As part of the project “Knowing from the Inside: art anthropology, architecture and design” (2013-2018) with Prof. Tim […]

Someone hammers red hot steel bar on an anvil wearing an orange boiler suit

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. […]

five dancers lean to look at the sky on a heather covered hillsideImage: Beth Chalmers

How The Earth Must See Itself

“So there I lie … between the fire of the rock and the fire of the sun, scree, soil and water, moss, grass, flower and tree, insect, bird and beast, wind, rain and snow – the total mountain.” — Nan Shepherd, The Living Mountain How The Earth Must See Itself is a new short film project conceived and developed by Simone Kenyon and Lucy Cash. It is created in response to the Into The Mountain performances and takes inspiration from […]

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, […]

A dot of light is caught on the palm of an open handImage: Yvette Bathgate, Summer Residency 2018.

OPEN CALL: SGSAH Researcher in Residence

Deadline for applications: Monday 16 September 2019 The ecological crisis demands more, rather than less, attention to material processes that constitute our world – in ways that build upon but push beyond existing political-economic frames – (Carr, 2016)[1] Makers work in a world that does not stand still – (Ingold 2010)[2] We are much better at admitting that humans infect nature than we are at admitting that non-humanity infects culture, for the latter entails the blasphemous idea that nonhumans—trash, bacteria, […]

Into The Mountain traineeships

Into The Mountain Traineeships

Deadline for applications: Friday 21 June 2019, 12 noon We are inviting applications for two Into The Mountain Traineeships, delivered in partnership with Mountaineering Scotland and Into The Mountain. The traineeship offers a package of training and support to mark out a practical route for women to overcome some of the social and practical barriers facing them in accessing Scotland’s mountainous landscapes. This exciting new collaboration is born out of a commitment to support more women to access the hills […]

DIY: SWEAT: Edythe WooleyImage courtesy the artist

OPEN CALL: DIY16: 2019 — SWEAT: the sky leaks I leak

Deadline for applications: Thursday 20 June, 2pm Dates: Thursday 17 October — Monday 21 October 2019 Honing in on sweating as a bodily function and as a process found in nature, this DIY conceived and led by artist Edythe Woolley will cultivate an embodied practice of dyke/queer resistance through observing and experiencing the act of sweating. Over 3 days at Scottish Sculpture Workshop, we will consider collective sweat. Through sauna sittings, impulse writings, long walks, nature observations, deep thinking, and […]

A group of people sit talking around the SSW firepit under blue skiesNaomi Pearce, Nine Parts Navvy (2018)

Open Call: Programme & Communications Internship

Deadline for applications: Monday 13 May 2019, 12 noon We are inviting applications for our Programme and Communications Internship, which will run from from Monday 29 July — Monday 7 October 2019. 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 providing support to the SSW […]