As part of Scottish Sculpture Workshop’s 2017 residency programme, SSW launched a new series of part-funded residency awards to coincide with our Summer Residency programme. The Artist-led activity: Exchange Programme allowed artists to undertake month long residencies free of charge in exchange for the organisation and delivery of an event, workshop or a series of short activities during their residency.
Similar to the Summer Residency programme, this opportunity was focused on supporting self-directed practice for artists wishing to spend time working on the development of their work – whether production, research or experimentation. Artists in the programme were provided with access to facilities, technical expertise and curatorial support, throughout their residencies and in their activities.
Four residencies took place between May and September. The artists awarded these residencies were: Fiona McCubbin and Kirsty Russell; Roos Dijkhuizen; Kelley O’Brien; and Florence Dwyer.
Each artist approached the residency in a way that was relevant to their practice, creating a range of activities and public engagement opportunities. They were supported to experiment with opening up their practices and explore participatory work, within SSW’s rural setting.
Artist’s Fiona McCubbin and Kirsty Russell used the time to develop their collaborative practice and ongoing conversations on self care/ shared care. Over the month of May, Fiona McCubbin and Kirsty Russell, organised a number of participatory activities for residents and the local school, and also spent time learning from local practitioners about their specialist knowledges such as divining, and foraging. RoosDijkhuizen worked with metal casting and ceramics, taking inspiration from standing stones in the area and Pictish imagery. Roos held a workshop with pupils of the Lumsden Primary School and culminated her time at SSW with an experimental sound walk in collaboration with fellow resident artist Gentian Miekleham. Kelley O’Brien explored the myths and folklore of the Scottish forests, hills and soils, noting where terrain has been worked by human hand and where wilderness has left room for imagination and future mythologies. Kelley then led a pin-hole camera workshop with the Lumsden Community. Participants made their own cameras in order to capture the village and create their own future mythologies inspired by their photograph. And in the final month, Florence Dwyer held an open event and participatory performance focusing on her investigation into “Centring” on and off the pottery wheel, a process of research she worked with throughout her residency