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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.

UPDATE 01/07/2020: Please note that due to COVID-19 our site is currently closed. You can read more about what we are doing now in our latest update. We also released a message for our communities explaining our approach to this unprecedented situation in March.

If you have booked Open Access which will be affected by our closure we have been in touch with you directly via email. If you haven’t heard from us please email or phone

If you are interested in making a new booking for Open Access, please continue to get in touch via the online enquiry form. We are planning for reopening and will be able to communicate with you directly to try and find a suitable date for your booking.

Please be aware that we cannot yet confirm a date for opening and your flexibility will be appreciated. 

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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