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Caregivers residency blog: Hope is the thing with feathers by Norma D Hunter

In March 2023 Norma D Hunter completed her SSW X Counterflows Residency supported by Creative Scotland’s Radical Care project. The residency offered artists time, space, funding and support to develop artists practices alongside their caregiving responsibilities. Norma has written a beautiful, honest blog about her experience as a caregiver and how the residency helped her regain her identity as an artist. Please note this blog contents information about living with and supporting someone living with cancer. “When it comes back…and it will come […]

Take a look at the Lumbungsden taster programme

To kick off the Lumbungsden Taster Programme as part of MyVillages Rural School of Economics we hosted 6 weekends of free workshops in the Community Making Space at SSW. This programme of introductory making sessions was created from the suggestions and requests by local residents and featured workshops and activities ranging from knitting circles to sign writing all led by local artists and creatives.   If you missed it, you can view the programme on our website. This programme enabled us to better understand some […]

Photo by Sam Trotman. Image of Matt Wilcock and Fionn Duffy, whilst on RSA Residency

Job Opportunity: Ceramics Technician

The deadline has now passed.We’re recruiting a Ceramics Technician to lead our recently renovated studio, support artists and community in their learning, and grow the use of clay in both social and contemporary arts contexts. Job Title: Ceramics TechnicianSalary: £23,000 – £27,000 (pro-rata) depending on experience, valid certifications and training Pension: 5% pension contributionContract: 0.8 (4 days per week) fixed term for 2 years includes working some weekends and evenings as requiredReporting to: Director Holiday: 22 days + 10 bank holiday (10 […]

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 […]

Ecologies in the Making Artist Announcement: Santtu Laine

The Helsinki-based artist Santtu Laine was awarded the 2023 Ecologies in the Making residency. This residency is the second in a four year programme developed by the Academy of Fine Arts Uniarts Helsinki, Cove Park and Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW). The residencies are designed to focus upon making practices at a time of climate breakdown and are aimed at MFA alumni of the Academy of Fine Arts, particularly those with sculptural methods or material processes. The programme supports research and the development […]

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 […]

The Community Making Space Opens

SSW Community Making Space opens its doors with the Lumbungsden* project launch by Myvillages1pm-7pmSaturday 3 December, 2022 Please join us as we open our new Community Making Space and introduce Lumbungsden, our collaborative project with artists Myvillages and their ongoing and multi-local Rural School of Economics. The day will celebrate a new community making space for Lumsden, which will be shaped by local interests and groups over the coming 6 months. The programme, look and future development are to be […]

Ecologies in the Making artist in residence, Iisa Lep­istö: Scot­land, the land of sand­stone and gran­ite

Blog reposted from the Uniarts Helsinki blog. Acad­emy of Fine Arts alum Iisa Lep­istö in res­i­dence: Scot­land, the land of sand­stone and gran­ite. The first post in a new series of writings by the Academy of Fine Arts alumni and their experiences at international art residencies is published at the Uniarts Helsinki´s blog site. Visual artist Iisa Lepistö is the first grantee of the alumni residency in Scotland. I’m happy to get to share my experiences from the new residency […]

A photo of an artwork by Fionn Duffy. A small brown glass cup sits on top of a glass table top. The cup is made from seaweed ash and beach sand. There is a grid drawn with fish glue on the table top, and it is held up by a ceramic vessel which is also brown. Between the vessel and the glass table top is the corner of another sheet of glass, there is some writing etched into it, but it is hard to see what it says.Or How To Become Glass (detail) (2022), Fionn Duffy. Ceilp glass, fish glue, restoration glass, sand, seaweed ash, stoneware.

RSA Residency for Scotland: Fionn Duffy

As always, it’s been a pleasure to work with The Royal Scottish Academy to support the RSA Residencies for Scotland programme. We are glad to announce that Glasgow-based artist Fionn Duffy has been selected as SSW’s RSA Resident for 2022-23.  Fionn’s practice is motivated by the question, ‘How did we get here?’. Using objects, video and text, she creates spiralling narratives that explore ethical and ecological concerns, often working in collaboration with other artists, enthusiasts and researchers. Reframing cultural, mineral […]

A fluorescent yellow paper sign with the words 'sanitise your hands' is on a white wall next to a staircase. The stairs curve up out of shot. There is a hand sanitiser pump on the entrance to the stairs.

COVID-19 guidelines: June 2022

All Covid rules and restrictions have been lifted in Scotland. Despite this, the health and wellbeing of everyone at SSW remains a priority. To reduce the risk from Covid-19 at SSW: We will continue to clean using Covid safe cleaning products. Hand sanitising stations remain in place and we encourage all users to practice good hand hygiene. If you are feeling unwell we advise you to stay at home and contact us to rearrange your visit. Anyone who is travelling […]