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One person wearing PPE hammers a metal bar on an anvil while another looks on and offers adviceCommunity Making Sessions, SSW is 40! (2019). Photo: Felicity Crawshaw

Courses: Two-Day Blacksmithing

Course Leader: SSW Technician, Michael HautemüllePlaces: 4 (Beginners+)Cost: £250 residential / £225 non-residential (includes tuition, materials and consumables) Dates:10 & 11 December 2022 Booking: Book online below or phone SSW on 01464 861372. Further information:If you have any suggestions, questions or requirements relating to accessibility at SSW, please get in touch and we will make every effort to support you to visit. Our Courses Terms and Conditions are available here. A two day blacksmithing course designed to give participants the skills, experience and confidence […]

BE PART: Devising Governance

From Spring 2021, Scottish Sculpture Workshop has been working with artist Jack Ky Tan on a BE PART Fieldwork to develop new ideas and approaches to how arts organisations can be governed and run, through sculpture and performance making. Jack is facilitating a series of workshops at SSW, in which an invited group of co-creators practice blacksmithing, ceramics and bronze casting, in tandem with exploring SSW’s policy, legal and constitutional documents. The co-creators are: Roisin Daily, Sekai Machache, Gavin Smith, […]

Behind a slushy pavement, snow covered fields stretch into the distance. The snow is quite light, so the long grass, hedges and trees are still dark brown and high contrast against the brightness of the snow. The front left of the field looks particularly brushy and shaded because of this. There are low hills in the distance behind some dark trees, also snow covered. The sky is bright blue, with a swathe of light sweeping down the left hand of the photo. Some bare tree branches stretch into the frame from above ,almost touching the hills in the distance but not quite.View over the wall, from SSW's yard (2021). Photo: Zoë Tumika

Pause, ’til 2022

SSW is closed from Wednesday 22 December – Wednesday 5 January 2022 for a winter break. We want to say a big thank you to everyone who has worked with us and supported our work in 2021 – you are all very much appreciated and we can’t wait to see what we can do together in 2022. From Lumsden Live, a 5 day’s radio broadcast on FM and online forming the first EU BEPART Assembly, through to the announcement of […]

The profile of 2 people in a room, sat opposite each other at a table. The person on the left has blonde, wavy, shoulder-length hair. They wear a long coat with a tartan-like pattern, dark bottoms and boots. The person on the right has brown, straight hair in a bob. They wear red glasses; a multi coloured knit scarf; a purple and yellow striped top and blue trousers. Both people are smiling and looking out the large shop-front window next to them. The window faces on to a row of two storey; brown; pebble dashed; terraced houses on the Main Street in Lumsden.November Coffee Morning (2021). Photo: Zoë Tumika.

First steps towards Community Making Space

At the beginning of December we were glad to welcome artist Kathrin Böhm of Myvillages to SSW for the first visit in the Rural School of Economics BEPART Fieldwork. The work with Myvillages will centre around our new Community Making Space, created through our current Capital Development Project.  As an opportunity for our friends and neighbours in Lumsden to visit the Community Making Space and meet Kathrin in the early stages of this work, we temporarily opened up what will […]

Graphic of a map of Scotland in light teal on a darker teal background. Overlaying the graphic is large white text saying 'Call to Artists'. Beneath that in smaller, dark blue text it reads ' RSA Residencies for Scotland 2022'

Open Call: RSA Residencies for Scotland

Deadline for applications: Sunday 23 January 2022, midnight GMT SSW is participating in the RSA Residencies for Scotland programme to offer one artist a month-long funded residency in 2022. The RSA Residencies for Scotland provides research and residency opportunities for artists. It forges important networks with centres of artistic excellence across Scotland, ranging from traditional residency venues to specialised production facilities. Open to visual artists at all stages of their careers, the emphasis of the residency programme is on enabling […]

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

Ecologies in the Making: Sculpting Futures Residency for Uniarts Helsinki alumni

Deadline for applications: Sunday 23 January 2022, 12am / 24:00 Finnish time SSW, in collaboration with Cove Park, Uniarts Helsinki and Saastamoinen Foundation, are pleased to launch Ecologies in the Making: Sculpting Futures, a new funded artists’ residency programme focusing on making practices in a time of climate breakdown. The programme invites applications from those who are already exploring ecologies of making and from those who wish to (re)focus or build relationships with the more-than-human in our warming world. The […]

The Lumsden Live studio faces out through a large shop front window onto Lumsden’s Main Street. ‘Lumsden Live’ in black and yellow vinyl is stuck on the window. 3 people are sat in the studio, all wearing big headphones and 2 of them are speaking into microphones. The other person is sitting in front of a mixer with lots of cables coming out it. The mixer is sat on a black worktop. The worktop goes across the window and curves round to continue along the wall on the right side of the room. There’s other bits of equipment and tech sat on it. Glistening gold string curtains cover the walls.Maxine Smith, Angela Main and Mark Vernon in the Lumsden Live Studio at Scottish Sculpture Workshop (2021). Photo: Joanne Cairney.

Lumsden Live: Podcasts

With the change in seasons and the closing down of our site for capital development, it feels like a perfect moment for revisiting and sharing some work from this year. Lumsden Live was a radio station broadcasting live from Scottish Sculpture Workshop on FM and online, from 18 – 22 May 2021. The broadcast formed the first Assembly for the BE PART network (which you can read more about here) and brought together communities in Lumsden and the surrounding area […]

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

We are hiring: Admin & Accounts Assistant

Deadline for applications: *deadline extended* Monday 1 November 2021, 12 noon (12pm GMT) Salary: £21,000 pro rata, 2 years fixed-termPart-time: 0.6FTE increasing to 0.8FTE in April 2021 (we are open to discussing options for remote/flexible working in the initial months)Based on site at SSW in Lumsden, Aberdeenshire (relocation support, including 3 months’ accommodation available) Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW) is looking for an Admin & Accounts Assistant. This is an integral role within the day-to-day workings of SSW, responsible for the […]

A pair of white hands hold a metal bar in a large flame, with tongs. The metal bar glows white with the heat.Blacksmithing. Photo: Felicity Crawshaw

Courses: Introduction to Forge and Foundry

Course Leader: Eden Jolly & Michael Hautemülle SSW TechniciansPlaces: 4 per session (Beginners+)Cost: £200 (course costs include tuition, materials and consumables) Dates:29 October 20224 February 2023 Booking:Book online via this form or phone SSW on 01464 861372. Further information:Some people can be sensitive to the some of the materials used. We provide full PPE but if you have had reactions to silica, oil-based compounds, plaster or such like, please advise us beforehand. If you have any suggestions, questions or requirements relating to accessibility at SSW, […]

White wiggly text on a black background reads 'Lumsden Live 87.9'Design: Zoë Tumika

BEPART Assembly : Lumsden Live

From 18 – 22 May 2021, tune in to Lumsden Live, a community radio station on 87.9 FM in Lumsden and online across the world! Download a .pdf of the programme here or view the full schedule online at www.lumsden.live. Lumsden Live forms the first international Assembly for the BEPART project, an international network across Europe. Bringing together communities in Aberdeenshire with the wider BEPART network, the radio schedule sets out to explore how collective community action has and continues […]