SSW is 40!

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 November 2019

2019 marks the 40th anniversary of Scottish Sculpture Workshop, and with it 40 years of making here on our site in Lumsden, Aberdeenshire. We gladly invite you to join us in celebrating this milestone with a special weekend of processes, performances and partying.

Looking back, we will share multiple forms of making central to SSW; a performative iron pour, a breakfast pot-luck and collaborative works in progress developed through residency this year. This weekend looks to bring together our communities, local, national and international, to collectively reflect on 40 years of living and working together, making relationships, skills and art at SSW.

Looking forward, we are excited to reveal our ambitions for the development of our workshops and invite you to make a contribution to the future of SSW by making functional objects for use in our new buildings. In doing this, we celebrate some of the skills, materials and processes held here at SSW, and continue to support the coming together of artists, crafts folk, thinkers, families, young people and the more-than-human into the future.

Iron pour and party
We will kick off the evening with a performative iron pour by a team of SSW technicians (past and present) and interventions by SSW x Counterflows resident Letitia Pleiades. Followed by food, a donations bar and dancing ’til late.

9:30am — 11am
Breakfast pot-luck
Join us for a breakfast pot-luck. Bring a dish – whatever you prefer to eat for breakfast- and add it to the table. A SSW tradition, hundreds of artists and visitors have shared food, conversation and ideas around a collective meal, formed through each of their contributions (and leftovers!). Coffee will flow until 11am. There will also be opportunity to sign up for the day’s open making sessions.

11am — 1pm
Open workshops and making sessions
Get into our workshops and participate in open making sessions across ceramics, blacksmithing and aluminium casting.

11am— 4pm
Cakes and coffee will be available to purchase throughout the day in our pop-up café, featuring the handcrafted table, crockery and cutlery made at SSW for Makers’ Meal (2012). Warm up from 12:30 – 2pm with a bowl of hot soup on the house.

1pm — 4pm
Lumsden Residency workshops & performances
Come and share in the outcomes of the Lumsden Residency with artists Coral Brookes, Anna Danielewicz and Eothen Stearn and the students at Lumsden Primary School.

Check back here soon for updates on open making sessions and Lumsden Residency works.

This event is free and open to all. Please let us know if you are joining us by emailing arts@ssw.org.uk.

Find further information on disabled access at SSW here. For suggestions, questions or requirements relating to access please get in touch by emailing jenny[at]ssw.org.uk.

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