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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 update, October 2021 onwards:

From October 2021 – January 2022 we cannot support Open Access due to our ongoing Capital Development work.

In January – February 2022 we may be able to support Open Access in the Foundry, wood workshop, metal workshop and forge, with very limited amenities available. No accommodation is available during this time.

To request Open Access in January or February 2022 please email Jenny, on jenny[at]ssw.org.uk.

Open Access can be requested from April 2022 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.

Complete this form for Open Access from April 2022.

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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