Open Access

Ceramic Shell Room at SSW

Make use of SSW facilities at any time with Open Access. Offered on a ‘Production’ or ‘Research’ basis, with non-residential rates also available, Open Access is available to any artist, maker or individual wishing to develop a project, fabricate work or spend time with their practice.

Production Open Access is supported by our technical team who will offer bespoke guidance and training as required to enable you to make use of our wood and metal workshops, foundry, wax and fabrication rooms. Research Open Access offers use of our bright and airy open plan studio, alongside our cosy library, for desk and studio based research and making.

For Ceramics Open Access, visit Ceramics at SSW.

Open Access can be requested throughout the year by completing this online enquiry form. We will ask for a little more information about your project and practice, to enable us to best support you while you are here.

All Open Access requests are reviewed by the SSW team on set dates throughout the year. The next date for reviewing requests is Thursday 19 March 2020 and we will respond to all new requests following this date. Requests submitted for Open Access after this date will be reviewed in May 2020.

Please note that due to COVID-19 our site is closed until Monday 1 June 2020. We have released a message for our communities explaining our actions and approach in this unprecedented situation. If you have booked Open Access which will be affected by our planning we will be in touch with you directly via email. All bookings for after this time are currently going ahead as planned, based on information currently available. Meanwhile we will continue to review and book Open Access requests for after 1 June 2020.

Production Open Access
£240/ £204 (concession) per week
Includes use of the workshops, studio, library
and shared self catering accommodation

Research Open Access
£154 / £131 (concession) per week
Includes use of the studio, library
and shared self catering accommodation

Non-residential Open Access 
£144 per week / £36 per day / £21 per half day
Includes use of the workshops, studio and library

Please note: Use of the foundry incurs an extra £15+VAT foundry charge, due to the increased overheads generated by this intensive process.

One week = Monday to Friday. If you require extra nights’ accommodation this can be arranged, and a small charge per night will be incurred.

Groups are welcome for Open Access residencies and courses, and student groups are particularly encouraged during Spring (March/April) and Autumn (October). Groups can undertake independent practice, or we can help tailor a programme of technical instruction. Please contact us if you are interested in bespoke group tuition.

Please note Open Access is dependent on availability.

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