Summer Residency Programme

Image: Jack McCallum, Artist in Residence 2017

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SSW is set in a unique rural location which offers optimum conditions for both thinking and making. Our location within the foothills of the Grampian Mountains, on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park, provides artists with the opportunity to retreat from their everyday and spend time with their practice within this rural setting. Artists will live and work onsite and have daily access to our facilities coupled with support from highly skilled technicians. This offer is accompanied by critical dialogue, peer exchange and wider expert support.  Through our residency programmes we aim to sustain artistic freedom and experimentation across a diverse range of practices both those associated with contemporary sculpture and beyond.

SSW’s Summer Residency programme is specifically formatted for artists wishing to spend a month working on the development of their practice – whether this is for production, research or experimentation. The programme runs between May and August, with each group residency lasting four weeks.

In each month there are four to five artists in this Residency programme, which runs alongside further SSW projects and Open Access. Whilst being focused on self-directed practice, the Summer Residency programme also celebrates artist peer exchange and follows a loose structure of group work including activities to encourage discourse between residents; introductory group breakfasts and talks/exercises to share your work, studio sharings, communal dinners, walks and film and sauna nights. Residents are given the freedom to work in an open environment, and to develop dialogues with both peers and staff. Residents are offered timetabled support from technicians and the opportunity for one to one advisory sessions with SSW curatorial staff. A Public Talks Programme and the Lumsden Residency also runs alongside the Summer Residency programme, and creates further opportunity for exchange with SSW’s wider communities.

During the first week you will undertake workshop inductions and have dedicated time with technicians to develop a making schedule (should this be required) to ensure all work can be completed in the Residency time. Please feel free to contact us prior to arrival, especially if you have a specific production project in mind.


Duration: one month

2018 Date(s):
Residency 1: 7 May – 4 June
Residency 2: 11 June – 9 July
Residency 3: 30 July – 27 August
Please state your preferred or available dates in the application form.

Criteria: ARTISTS OF ALL DISCIPLINES, four artist accepted per residency month. Applications should outline a clear reason for attending SSW, demonstrating an understanding and response to the location, critical programme and/or facilities. Open to International applications.

Cost to Artist: Residency costs are highly subsidised by SSW but artists pay £560 per 4 week residency. There is one place per month allocated for an Emerging Artist*, this place is further subsidised and costs £370 per four week residency. 

* Emerging Artists are stipulated as: Current BA and MA Students /or BA and MA graduates within two years of leaving studies.

Access: We have two family rooms available and are happy to discuss how SSW can support artist’s with families access this residency.

As an alternative to a written application, you can submit by video application. To do this please use our online application form (link is below). You can upload your cover letter and artist statement in the format of video (no more than 5 minutes long). In the fields Cover letter and Artist Statement please write [see video].

If you have any specific access requirements you would like to discuss please contact us.


Application: We ask you to submit via our online submission platform. You are advised to complete your application off-line until it is ready to be submitted, as the contents of the form cannot be saved before submission. You will be asked to submit:

  • A cover letter stating your research area and reasons for applying to the programme, demonstrating an understanding and response to the location, critical programme and/or facilities. (500 words max.)
  • Artist statement summarising your practice. (250 words max.)
  • Up to date CV
  • A digital portfolio (4 – 6 work samples, e.g. images, text samples or links to online content)

If you wish to discuss your application prior to the deadline please contact SSW Programme & Communications Manager Jenny Salmean: jenny[at]ssw.org.uk

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