Category : News

Winter Residency: January 2020

In January we welcomed the first of our two Winter Residency groups in 2020. Artists Eloïse Dieutegard, Cassia Dodman, Fionn Duffy, David Moré and Leila Alice Smith lived and worked together on site for four weeks, forming close relationships (with each other, the site, staff team, processes, materials and surrounding landscape) and developing their diverse practices. This year’s Winter Residency call out focused on the role of making and materiality in a time of climate breakdown. Building on thinking and research from projects, together with […]

Glazing at SSW. Photo: Felicity Crawshaw

Open Call: 2020 Ceramics Internship

We are inviting applications for a Ceramics Internship which will run from Monday 26 October — Monday 14 December 2020. This internship programme provides hands-on learning for people interested in developing experience of working in a busy ceramics workshop within a rural workshop facility. Our ceramics workshop offers artists the space, specialist advice and equipment to develop their work in an experimental and supportive environment, dedicated to creative and innovative practice with ceramics. As the Ceramics Intern, you will be […]

Simone Kenyon, Into The Mountain (2019). Photo: Felicity Crawshaw

Open Call: 2020 Programme and Communications Internship

We are inviting applications for our Programme and Communications Internship, which will run from from Monday 13 April — Monday 15 June 2020. This internship provides hands on learning for people interested in developing a knowledge of working in the arts with particular focus on arts administration, communications, programme development, planning and delivery, with and for artists. As the Programme and Communications Intern, you will be working with the SSW Programme and Communications Manager; assisting with daily tasks that focus […]


Public Talks series 2020: Borbála Soós

Public Talk #1: Borbála Soós | Wednesday 12 February 2020 Join curator Borbála Soós for a public talk in the form of a journey, exploring relationships between people, places and materials. Through stories, video, sound and artworks, she invites us to travel through a series of passageways; from a spiral staircase inside a shell, to an underwater forest resembling the rewilded hills in the Cairngorms National Park, and other parallel realities on the way. There are two separate events, the […]

A group of people stand in a snowy landscapeWinter Residency 2020 artists with Harry Josephine Giles

Winter Residents 2020: January

We’re into the second week of our first 2020 residency, with artists Eloïse Dieutegard, Fionn Duffy, Cassia Dodman, David Moré and Leila Alice Smith. All artists responded to our Winter Residency call, which explores the muddy tensions between materiality and extraction within a time of climate breakdown. Here we share their plans for the residency period and an insight into their interests and practices. The first Winter Residency of 2020 runs from 27 January — 24 February. Eloïse DieutegardAmsterdam, Netherlands […]

Naomi Pearce, Nine Parts Navvy (2018). Photo: SSW

Open call: Summer Residency 2020

We are pleased to invite applications for our 2020 Summer Residency programme, from artists based in the UK and international. Coming together on residency at SSW, artists live and work on site and have daily access to our facilities coupled with support from our team. We aim to foster conditions for conversation, peer exchange and experimental making across a diverse range of processes and practices both those associated with contemporary sculpture and beyond. Our Summer Residency programme is for artists wishing […]

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. […]

SSW is 40! Photo: Felicity Crawshaw

Year in review: 2019

Time in Lumsden is intangible, fickle and slippy – but we have all made another cycle around the sun! Working on the rural peripheries, with a proximity to material, weather, the more-than-human and each other, time is felt and marked here in the temperature of the workshops, the hours of sunlight, funding cycles, and regular Cake Monday (thanks to the wonderful Max). Today is one of the shortest and darkest days, which tells us it’s nearly the close of SSW’s […]

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

40 years and more

To celebrate the close of our 40th year at Scottish Sculpture Workshop, we have commissioned three texts that explore our current practices and speculate on the transformations that can take place here. Taru Elvfing, Ilana Halperin and Jack Tan have all come to know SSW in many different ways across varied time periods. Their words share both their personal experiences of SSW, and the opportunities they see in our future. We hope these texts help more people to come to […]

Ashanti Harris, Forsakin' Gold for Corn (2019). The Skeleton of a Name, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow. Photo: Matthew Arthur Williams

RSA Residency for Scotland: Ashanti Harris

Over the past few weeks, we have been working with artist Ashanti Harris through the RSA Residencies for Scotland. Below she shares some words on her project and what she has been working on at SSW. “I am a visual artist working with sculpture, installation and performance to explore themes of identity and diaspora through historical research. I create educational artworks and performative installations which function as a form of post-colonial critique, challenging dominant representations of history and re-imagining the […]