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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 
  • Ceramics 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.

Current deadlines:

AiR programme:

Places within May and June 2015 are still available

Although applications are accepted on a rolling basis however the last deadline for this opportunity is 16th of March 2015 at 5pm

Emerging Artist residency:

4 Places available

6th - 30th of April 2015

Deadline: 26th of January 2015 at 5pm

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 


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


Ceramics Graduate in Residence

Scottish Sculpture Workshop is offering a residency program to an experienced BA/MA graduate in ceramics. The residency is four months in duration during Spring/Summer 2015

The residency offers an emerging artist the opportunity to develop their portfolio of work with critical and curatorial support, as well as the experience of running studio facilities, outreach workshop days and working alongside ceramic/glass artists in running courses. We are looking for an individual who has an interest in alternative firing practices and glaze applications.

The residency offers:

- A stipend of £200/month - Self-catering accomodation - Use of facilities - Up to six firings of the ceramics/glass flat - bed kilns (further firings will be charged at cost)

In return the resident would be expected to:

-Dedicate 16 hours per week towards the amooth running of the ceramics studio, working alongside our Ceramics technician - Develop studio practice and a new body of work - Look after the cermaic and glass facilities (with assistance from the SSW Senior Technician) - Set-up community and outreach days - Liase and assist with the ceramic courses run at SSW by outside instructors.

Residents will need to provide their own materials (available through SSW at cost). Assistance will be given to find an external exhibition venue for the work created while in residence.

Facilities: As well as a large communal studio space there are also dedicated fabrication and kiln rooms with a flat-bed glass kiln, a small electric kiln and a ceramics kils, two wheels and a plastic vacuum former.

Deadlines for applications: 5pm 26th of February 2014







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