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Caregivers Residency Blog: Keng Keng Tang

For four weeks across 2023 and 2024 Keng Keng Tang completed their SSW X Counterflows Residency. The residency offered artists time, space, funding and support to develop artists practices alongside their caregiving responsibilities. Keng Keng Tang shares their journey through the residency and how it fostered a sense of renewal. All words and images by Keng Keng Tang. I am a mother, a milliner & textile artist, and a community arts activist. Over the past few years my artistic practice […]

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Community Making Space Blog: Easter Art Club

Over the past few months SSW has been busy working with our Community Advisory Group making plans for our 24/25 community programme. This has included meeting with local partners, taking part in a range of Inspirations talks from Manoeuvre, The Portland Inn Project and MyVillages and sharing our needs and ambitions. We are now busy putting the finishing touches to the Community Programme and look forward to sharing this later in May. In the meantime Mara, our Community Arts Organiser, […]

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Caregivers residency blog: Bobbi Cameron

In February and April 2024 Bobbi Cameron completed her SSW X Counterflows Residency. The residency offered artists time, space, funding and support to develop artists practices alongside their caregiving responsibilities. Bobbi reflects on the nature of being a carer and working as an artist and the importance of flexibility. Words by Bobbi Cameron. Whenever I reflect on time(s) at SSW, I see turning points in my life that have been genuinely monumental. Deep cosmic shifts seem to follow my time […]

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Residencies in Clay Artist Blog: Josie ko

For 4 weeks across November and December Josie KO took part in Residencies in Clay, which supported artists exploring the transformational potential of clay within society and contemporary arts practice. The residency culminated in Building the Clay Commons with Eva Masterman, which brought together local community members, makers and artists from the North East and beyond. Josie reflects on her developing relationship with clay and her thought processes while on residency at SSW. All words by Josie ko. I’ve never […]

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Residencies in Clay Artist Blog: Nic Green

For 4 weeks across November and December Nic Green took part in Residencies in Clay, which supported artists exploring the transformational potential of clay within society and contemporary arts practice. The residency culminated in Building the Clay Commons with Eva Masterman, which brought together local community members, makers and artists from the North East and beyond. Nic shares a collection of reflections and shares memories that she has connected with whilst experimenting with clay. All words by Nic Green. I […]

Residencies in Clay Artist Blog: Mina Heydari-Waite

For 4 weeks across November and December Mina Heydari-Waite took part in Residencies in Clay, which supported artists exploring the transformational potential of clay within society and contemporary arts practice. The residency culminated in Building the Clay Commons with Eva Masterman, which brought together local community members, makers and artists from the North East and beyond. Mina shares a collection of reflections along with some beautiful photos from her time at SSW. Notes on ‘A Residency in Clay’ and ‘Building […]

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Coming up at SSW in 2024

This year marks Scottish Sculpture Workshop’s 45th anniversary, on this landmark year we’re sharing our future direction and programme updates as well as a new multi-voiced leadership model set up to underpin this. Expanding the possibilities of what sculpture can be At SSW we want to expand the possibilities of what sculpture can be, continuously working towards positive social and environmental change. We’re doing this by rethinking material and skills-based learning, prioritising process and opening up our workshop space as […]

Job Opportunity: Technical Manager

The deadline for applications have now passed. We’re recruiting a Technical Manager, an exciting new role at SSW, vital in leading the organisation to achieve our vision and new leadership direction. Job Title: Technical ManagerSalary: £32,000 – £37,000 (pro-rata) depending on experience, valid certifications and trainingContract: 0.8 (4 days/ 30 hours per week) permanent may include working weekends and evenings as requiredLine Manage: Technical Team made up of Ceramics Technician, Visiting Technicians/ Specialists, Cleaner Place of work: SSW, Lumsden, Aberdeenshire, […]

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Building the Clay Commons: In pictures

From 26 November to 1 December Eva Masterman facilitated ‘Building the Clay Commons’ bringing together local community members, makers and artists from the North East and beyond. Together they co-created a set of values and actions that better understand and imagine how community ceramic studios, like SSW’s, can offer alternatives to traditional craft education systems in the UK and be a force for social good. Over the week we spent time collectively making, thinking, discussing, walking, listening, sauna-ing, journaling and […]

Rural School of Economics Summer Camp - Photo by Felicity Crawshaw

The Community Making Space is 1 year old!

It is our Community Making Space’s 1st anniversary in December 2023. Together with our collaborator, artist group Myvillages, we opened the former shop exactly a year ago, with the intention to make new connections and more space between us as an arts organisation and our home village Lumsden. We are excited to share some of our achievements as well as how we plan to collectively imagine what we make happen here in Lumsden in 2024 and beyond… Images by Sam […]