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Nine Parts Navvy

Nine Parts Navvy

Forming part of Naomi Pearce’s research as SGSAH Researcher in Residence, this day-long workshop in June 2018 comprised close readings and practical writing exercises using the Scottish Sculpture Workshop as a living archive. A group of Scotland-based practitioners with different forms of expertise and engagement with SSW were invited to participate, including Debbie Beeson, Yvonne Billimore, Frances Davis, Rachel Grant, Kirsty Hendry, Georgia Horgan, Virginia Hutchinson, Simone Kenyon, Thulani Rachia, Niko Wearden, Alberta Whittle and Daisy Williamson. Nine Parts Navvy […]

Image of Lumsden landscape

Notes on the Archive

Some facts: Scottish Sculpture Workshop is located in the rural village of Lumsden in the parish of Auchindoir, about an hour’s drive from Aberdeen. Less than 400 people live in the houses flanking its main street, small lanes and surrounding fields. Founded in 1979 by sculptor Fred Bushe, the workshop’s buildings occupy a site previously the location of a bakery. Originally established in 1840s, the bakery closed in early 1970s remaining vacant for a few years before Bushe began renting […]

Group with mirrorsPhoto: DIY15: Art & the Self: What did Narcissus see? Led by Nando Messias (image by Holly Revell)

DIY 16: 2019

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 19 March, 12 noon DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual research, training and professional development projects for themselves and other artists. 2019 is the third year SSW have participated in the DIY network. Collectively we understand DIY is all about creating spaces to explore new ideas and test new methodologies. We want to hear from you if have an idea for an exciting, innovative and idiosyncratic professional development […]

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DIY 15: 2018 – Project O: How do we DEAL and how do we do better/do US?

DIY 15 For the second year running SSW joins the collaborative network led by Live Art Development Agency (LADA) DIY; Professional development projects by artists for artists. DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art across the UK to take part in unusual training and professional development projects conceived and run by artists for artists. As a network we understand that the development of creative practices is as much about the exploration of ideas and experiences as training in skills and techniques, and past DIY projects […]

Image courtesy of David Blyth

SSW Public Talks 2017

SSW PUBLIC TALKS 2017 During the months of June and September, SSW held a series of open talks to accompany our Summer AiR programme. The 2017 talks programme was informed by our Frontiers in Retreat project, a five year EU collaboration exploring art and local ecologies. Invited speakers came from a range of backgrounds with specialised and varied knowledge relating to the landscape in the North East. In June artist David Blyth gave a talk that shared his ideas in progress, relating to a long term research project that explores his […]

Artist-led Activity: Exchange Programme 2017

THE PROGRAMME As part of Scottish Sculpture Workshop’s 2017 residency programme, SSW launched a new series of part-funded residency awards to coincide with our Summer Residency programme. The Artist-led activity: Exchange Programme allowed artists to undertake month long residencies free of charge in exchange for the organisation and delivery of an event, workshop or a series of short activities during their residency. Similar to the Summer Residency programme, this opportunity was focused on supporting self-directed practice for artists wishing to spend time working on the development […]

Hannah Imlach, Nautilus Turbine, tulip wood, birch plywood, acrylic tube and cork, 2016

SSW Public Talks 2016

During the months of June, August and September, SSW held a series of open talks to accompany our Summer AiR programme. Each month an artist/ curator, based in Scotland, was invited to share their practice with us and the wider community. It also functioned as an opportunity to share the SSW space and to meet our artists in residents.