Category : Facilities


The studio at SSW is a bright, warm space. It is a shared studio which encourages conversation and cross-overs, between residency artists and open access artists. The studio has several large desks, but can be set up depending on the group’s requirements. There is 24 hour access to the studio for residents. The studio is available to any artist who comes on Open Access or residency. Images by Felicity Crawshaw

Photo: Ross Fraser McLean

Iron Casting

Scottish Sculpture Workshop’s two short stack cupolette furnaces offer artists the unique opportunity to experiment with iron casting. Our Senior Technician Eden Jolly has a vast knowledge and experience of running the specialist furnaces and working with iron from ore through to final casts. As with all SSW facilities, artists will be encouraged to participate in every part of the process, from breaking up iron to counting charges and pouring the metal. To work in iron at SSW, request Open […]

SSW is 40! (2019). Photo: Felicity Crawshaw

Communities Room

The SSW Communities Room is a warm and bright flexible space, with wifi, a projector and kitchenette. Housing the SSW Library, an eclectic selection of artists’ books, catalogues, reference books and the Frontiers in Retreat Edge Effects library, the space is great for solo research and writing and can be configured as required. The Communities Room also hosts SSW’s Public Talks programme, as an accessible space for events, talks and screenings. The room is available for external hire – please […]

Wood & Metal

The wood and metal workshops at SSW are housed in the ‘red shed’ together with a materials store. Both workshops house a range of hand and power tools, available to use while technicians are on site and following the completion of an induction. As well as these power tools, the workshops are well stocked with a range of hand tools. To access the wood and metal workshops, request Open Access or come on residency.

Photo: Ross Fraser McLean / Studio RoRo


The purpose-built foundry at SSW offers artists training and access to specialist equipment for mould making and casting in hot metals. We have been pouring hot metal on a regular basis at SSW since 1982 and are the only Open Access foundry in the UK. As with all the SSW facilities, the onus is on learning through doing and our technicians are skilled in supporting artists to engage with every part of the process, regardless of experience and skill level. […]

Ceramic Shell Room at SSW

Open Access

Make use of SSW  at any time with Open Access (O/A) available from May 2023. Offered on a ‘Production’ or ‘Research’ basis, with non-residential rates also available, Open Access is here for any artist, maker or individual wishing to develop a project, fabricate work in ceramics or spend time with their practice. In 2023 production O/A is based within our ceramics studio and supported by a technician who will offer bespoke guidance and training as required to enable you throughout […]