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 an 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 11/02/2021: The SSW site remains closed in light of the ongoing lockdown in mainland Scotland. 

We have decided to close Open Access requests for the time being, in order to make sure existing bookings affected by the lockdown can be rescheduled. If you have made a request for Open Access recently, you should have received a response via email outlining next steps. 

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

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

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

All costs above are inclusive of VAT

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.
One day = 10am — 4:30pm
Concession rates are available for students and arts graduates whose session takes place within two years of leaving study.

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. Open Access Terms and Conditions are available here.

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