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SSW offers a range of residency options for visual artists. 

A residency at SSW provides the time, space and facilities for production, research and development. Residents are provided with self-catering shared accommodation, studio space in the large communal studio, access to all facilities, and basic technical assistance. Materials and consumables are subject to further charges.

The programme is focused on self-led practice based residencies, and with few distractions within our rural location, it offers the opportunity to concentrate fully on the development of your work. Each resident makes up the community of SSW, and we hope that you will enjoy meeting, sharing and finding new friends while you are here.

Current Residency Programmes:

  • AiR Programme
  • Night Shift Residency
  • Open Access Residency 

Applications for Open Residencies are accepted on an ongoing basis, subject to availability. Please scroll down for further information on travel and funding. 

**Residency Application**

**Open Access Booking**


AiR Programme

This a monthly programme, running between April and September.

The programme follows the calender month, starting generally on the first Monday and running for four weeks.  Artists must be in residence for a least one month. The residency is self-led, with opportunities for peer-to-peer exchange through working in an open plan studio and shared living accommodation. 

This programme is open to artists working in any medium, but proposals should demonstrate how the location and/or facilities of SSW will benefit their work. The programme is subsidized through funding from Creative Scotland, costing £560/month to the artist or £370 to Emerging Artists*.  Materials and consumables are subject to further charges. Access to all areas, including the foundry, are available to the artists, and the artist will be provided with self-catering accommodation, studio space, access to facilities and basic technical assistance. Artists are asked to participate in the SSW community while in residency, and to give a presentation of their work.

SSW is happy to support artists in leading community activites - either with the SSW or local residents. Please enquire with the office for further information. 

For further information please contact Emily - 861372, or to apply please submit a completed Residency Application. Applications should be emailed to Emily Wyndham Gray, and should have the title of the residency programme in the subject heading. 

*Emerging Artists rates apply to recent BA graduates up to 18 months  after graduation


Night Shift

The Night Shift Residency runs from November to February, in two sessions. These residencies are limited to four residents at a time, and this year the focus is on attention economy and the 24/7 sleepless society. The residency is open to artists, art practioners and writers working in any field, and offers an opportunity to concentrate on work development within a peer group. 

Session 2: 19 January - 27 February

Cost: £440 - 660 (must be undertaken for a least one month within the session dates, pro-rata £110 per week)

To Apply: Please submit the Application Cover Sheet, a 500 word proposal, and up to date CV, a pdf of no more than 5 images and/or 2 pages of text, and clearly state which session you are applying for. 

Please send completed applications to 

1 Space Available


Open Access

SSW facilities is accessible at any time, subject to availability, through our Open Access programme. This is offered on a production or research basis (research offers no access to the SSW workshops, although you are able to book them for 1/2 or whole day sessions). There are residential and non-residential rates, and concessions for students and recent graduates (up to 18 months after graduation). 

Production Residency: £240/week (cons. £194)

Research Residency: £154/week (cons. £136)

Non-Residential: £21 per 1/2 day,  £36 per full day, £135 per week 

To book please contact the SSW Office to discuss your requirements and establish availability. Alternatively please email the Open Access Booking form to



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