Category : Capital Development

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 […]

Photo by Felicity Crawshaw

Our plans for 2023

Here at Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW), Lumsden, are pleased to share with you the first news of our 2023 plans and opportunities. SSW is an organisation committed to the transformational power of bringing people together through making and to opening up opportunities for artists and local people to access our facilities. Sam Trotman, Director, SSW, “We are excited to this year be focussing our programme on the recently developed areas of the SSW site and to see these brilliant new […]

Freelance Opportunity: SSW Community Arts Organiser

The deadline for this opportunity has now passed and applications are closed. Hours: 3 days a week (flexible working hours including evenings and weekends)Fee: £11700 Contract: Freelance position for 8 months March – October 2023Additional support: Accommodation available if required. There will also be an additional budget to support access for the Community Arts Organiser if required.Location: This freelance opportunity is based within the new Community Making Space at Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW) in Lumsden, Aberdeenshire.Reporting to: The opportunity is co-managed […]

Photo by Sam Trotman

Community Making Space

We’ve launched our Lumbungsden Summer Programme taking place July – September 2023 and we’d love you to take part, take a look at the programme. The Community Making Space was originally the village bakery shop front and most recently the SSW office. Now it is set to host and support a wide range of collective making activities developed for and with local people.   Throughout 2023 the space will be a test site for a broad range of ideas from […]

Two people sit on the grey carpet in the SSW old office. Colour samples are spread out on the floor around them and they are comparing different options. One person holds a baby in their lap.

The wait’s nearly over!

Since the first phase of our capital development project started earlier this year it’s been so exciting to see our site, designed by Collective Architecture, being skilfully remodelled and renovated by the team at Coldwells Building Company. After years of dreaming, feasibility studies and planning meetings we embarked on phase 1 of our masterplan starting with SSW’s main building, and it is now nearly a reality. Within weeks we will be starting to kit out a new, airy and spacious […]

Internal view into yard, Architect's impressions of the capital development at SSW. Image: Collective Architecture

Updates on our capital development plans: July 2021

We are thrilled to share plans for phase one of our capital development project which will focus on a new Community Making Space, expansion of our ceramics workshop and newly refurbished artist accommodation. The developments are led by Collective Architecture and will begin in autumn, following successful planning permission from Aberdeenshire Council. Generously supported with funding from the Bently Foundation, the first phase of developments are set to begin in October 2021 with completion planned for April 2022. Within these […]

Architect's render of SSWArchitect’s render of proposed view into SSW yard from Main Street, Lumsden. Image: Collective Architecture

Planning application submitted to transform our workshops

Following our announcement of a major capital project in November 2019, we are excited to have recently submitted a planning application to Aberdeenshire Council detailing our proposed transformation of our workshops.  The plans, developed by Collective Architecture in consultation with SSW’s users and local community, will upgrade our facilities to create an improved, accessible environment for artists and local makers. This will include improved metal, wood and cold casting workshops, a new street facing community space, increased disability access and […]

Lumsden Weekender (2018). Photo: Erika Stevenson

Capital Development survey: Artists

In 2019 we were excited to announce our ambitions for a major capital development project at SSW, to upgrade our workshop spaces and site. In line with our ethos, the development will see a ‘ground-up’ approach at its heart, using local materials, skills and knowledges. It will foreground function and environmental sustainability throughout the design and construction. Now, we are looking for input from artists who have been to SSW, whether on residency, open access, for a course or project. […]

Dorian Braun, Deep Listening Workshop, Lumsden Weekender (2018). Photo: Erika Stevenson

A ground-up capital development

To coincide with our 40th anniversary celebrations this year, we are excited to announce ambitions for a major capital development project to upgrade our workshop spaces and site in collaboration with Collective Architecture. In line with SSW’s ethos and values, the development will see a ‘ground-up’ approach at its heart, utilising local materials, skills, and knowledges. It will foreground function and environmental sustainability throughout the design and construction. SSW Director Sam Trotman says, “SSW started with the desire, vision and […]