Author Archives: cam-biddell

The Bothy, photo by Felicity Crawshaw

Announcing the next phase of capital development at SSW

We are delighted to share that SSW has been successful in securing funding from both the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and from the Rural Communities Challenge Fund to continue development of our buildings and facilities. With this support we will be able to further our commitment to practically improving access and environmental sustainability here at SSW. Through this next phase of our capital project we will be; converting and extending the bothy store into a new accessible bedroom and bathroom […]

Jere Vainio Portrait 2023

Announcing Ecologies in the Making: Sculpting Futures, 2024

We are very pleased to announce that artist Jere Vainio has been awarded the 2024 Ecologies in the Making: Sculpting Futures Residency. This four-month residency is the third in a four year programme developed by the Academy of Fine Arts Uniarts Helsinki, Cove Park and Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW). Each resident has the opportunity to work at Cove Park for 8 weeks before travelling to Aberdeenshire to be in residence with us for a further 8-week residency at SSW. Jere […]

Light-painting by Mara Marxt Lewis

Luminous Lumsden: Community Making Space 1 year anniversary

Friday 15 December5pm – 8pm 5pm – 5:45pm – Light walk6pm – 6:30pm – Drinks, toasts and light switch on6.30 – 8pm – Music, food and dancing Our festive celebrations will kick off with a magical lantern walk bringing light to all corners of the village. We will gather at SSW to carry handmade lanterns, candles and torches that will illuminate our walk through local trails and parks. Throughout the walk, we will pause at various spots to create light […]

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Candle Making Session

Sunday 10 December2pm – 4pm Together we will discover the art of candle making using natural bee wax and recycled candle remnants at this creative workshop. Participants will prepare wicks, melt wax, add fragrance and dye, and pour wax into decorative molds to craft their own unique candles. Let your creativity shine bright this winter! How to take part

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Lantern Making Workshop

Sunday 3 December2pm – 4pm Join us for a fun workshop creating lanterns from recycled and repurposed materials. We will together work through techniques for constructing handheld, candle-lit lanterns that together we will parade through the village to mark the 1 year anniversary of the Community Making Space later in the month. The workshop provides a great opportunity to spark creativity through sustainable crafting and gives new life to everyday materials. How to take part

Raku firing at SSW photo by Sam Trotman

Paper kiln firing

Friday 1 December 6pm – 8pm Join us at SSW for an evening of food and fire celebrating the end of our Building the Clay Commons week. The evening will kick off in the SSW yard with the lighting paper kilns packed with mugs made earlier in the week. The evening will be a chance to see what has been happening throughout the week, meet artists and enjoy food and fire together. Paper kilns will be lit at 6pm accompanied […]

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Ceremonial Mug Making Workshop

Sunday 26 November2pm – 4pm Join artist Eva Masterman for an afternoon of clay mug making in the ceramics studio. Working with Eva you’ll be introduced to a wide range of clay skills, such as slab, coil and pinch building. You will get to design and make your own ceremonial mug (or 2!), and decorate it ready for firing in paper kilns, later in the week. As well as building your mug you will be able to choose a range […]

Community Making Space Winter Programme

Free events from Sunday 26 November We are excited to share our Winter Community Programme developed in collaboration with our Community Advisory Group. Working together it was clear that setting up ways of coming together and celebrating the light during these dark months was important. So this programme focuses on making Lumsden luminous and offers workshops and celebrations that focus on bringing light, warmth, and creativity to the long nights ahead. From mug making and paper kiln firing to lantern […]

Selected artists for Residencies in Clay

Image credit: 33 Seeds, Mina Heydari-Waite Our inaugural Residencies in Clay programme is taking place throughout November and we look forward to supporting Mina Heydari-Waite, Josie KO and Nic Green through this residency programme. During their time at SSW Josie, Nic and Mina will be taking time to grow their practices and material knowledge by testing processes, sharing skills and pushing the possibilities of clay. Nic Green says, I am really delighted to be headed to SSW. For a while […]

Image credit: Keng Keng Tang

Selected artists for the SSW x Counterflows Caregivers Residency 2023-24

Following our call out over the summer SSW and Counterflows Festival are delighted to be supporting Keng Keng Tang and Bobbi Cameron to undertake this year’s caregivers residency. Keng Keng will use the residency time to develop her own personal experimental sound-quilt which will focus on themes of remembering times of comfort, belonging, and rest. Keng Keng says, I am really delighted to have been selected for the SSW X Counterflows Caregivers Residency. This is such a precious and rare […]