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:
- Spring Summer AiR
- 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.
Spring and Summer AiR Programme
This a monthly programme, starting at the beginning of each calendar month, and artists must be in residence for a least one month. Artists should be working in one of four areas: Land, Material, Craft/Skill, Communities&Culture, and should indicate this within their application. 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. 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.
For further information please contact Emily - firstname.lastname@example.org/01464 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.
Please enquire for openings.
Open Access Residency
Providing open access to the SSW facilities, this is a weekly programme, costing £240 per week. This includes self-catering accommodation, studio space, access to the workshop facilities and technical support.
The OA Residency application requirements are a 500 word introduction to your work and your requirements for facilities, materials and assistance, and a current CV. To apply please submit this with the cover sheet found within the Residency Application.
If you would like to discuss your residency or have any further questions please contact the SSW office.
Please enquire for openings.
All SSW residency programmes are subsidized through funding from Creative Scotland, but still require some match funding from residents themselves. The amount of funding required depends on the programme and amount of subsidy offered, with costs to artists ranging from £100 - £240 per week.
Artists based in Scotland are eligible to apply to Creative Scotland Creative and Professional Development Fund to help support their residency. Artists within England, Ireland and Wales should contact their Arts Councils for fundng opportunities. There are also databases such as Artquest, A-N and Ideas Tap that list current opportunities. International artists can find further information through sites such as Transartists, Elucid and On The Move.
SSW advises that you should have your finances in place before application, or at least within eight weeks of the programme start date. While SSW is not able to offer direct financial assistance, we are happy to support applications made to third parties, please contact us for further information.
Travel - Getting Here
SSW is based on the A97 between Huntly and Alford in Aberdeenshire. There is an international airport in Aberdeen, and train and bus connections from Aberdeen and Inverness. The nearest train station to SSW is Huntly. From Huntly there is a limited bus service, or alternatively you can book a taxi (local taxi companies include JJ Watt, Deveron Taxi's, V&R Taxis). Occassionally an SSW member of staff may be able to assist you with travel from Huntly to SSW, in which case we ask for a £10 donation towards fuel expenses.
For more information on arranging your travel, please contact the SSW office or call 01464 861372.