SSW Graduate Award Programme

Image: Artists in Residence participating in Florence Dwyer Centering project 2017. Documentation Lorna Campbell.

In 2018 Scottish Sculpture Workshop is launching a new annual Graduate Award programme which has been devised in collaboration with previous artist residents and graduate award winners. The award is supported through partnerships with five Scottish Universities: Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (University of Dundee), Edinburgh College of Art (The University of Edinburgh), Glasgow School of Art, Grays School of Art (Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen), and Moray School of Art (Moray College University of the Highlands and Islands).

This award builds on and furthers SSW’s existing support offered through emerging/ graduate residencies and our previous university partnership awards (including the Fred Bushe Award) and aims to enhance provision for Scotland’s graduates by providing a more holistic support structure for artists in the transitional year following graduation.

The focus of this programme is to support artists skills development in particular strengthening making and technical skills in addition to fostering local and national peer relationships and exploring new career pathways post study.

This award offers selected graduate artists:

One month group residency at SSW from 5th November – 3rd December 2018 including group work in the form of introductory artist-led talks and exercises and residency studio sharings, timetabled bespoke support from technicians and professional development sessions with Programme Manager and SSW Director.

Three mentoring/ advice meetings with SSW staff members throughout the year following on from the residency (until June 2019) to support both technical ideas or professional development as well as an additional mentoring session with an ally organisation to support further networks and practice.

Year round profile raising through SSW’s website

Direct funding towards travel and production during the residency of £400.

Selection Process

This residency is awarded through university partnerships and does not follow our regular open call application process.

Students are selected from each of the five university partners degree shows by members of the SSW team and a past SSW graduate resident. The panel visit each degree show and invite a small number of students to attend informal interviews to discuss their future plans and how SSW can support them. One student is selected per university and the student selected for the award will be announced at during their degree show.

Guest graduate panel members for the 2018 selection include Alice Wadkin (previous SSW/DJCAD residency award winner), Madeleine Hope-Fraser (SSW Emerging Artist 2017) and Jack McCallum (SSW Emerging Artist 2017) .





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