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Frontiers In Retreat feature artist: Brett Bloom

Frontiers in Retreat Frontiers in Retreat (FiR) is a five-year collaboration project that fosters multidisciplinary dialogue on ecological questions within a European network involving artist residencies, art and education organisations, artists, experts in various disciplines as well as diverse audiences. The aim of the project is to broaden the understanding of global ecological changes and their local impacts on European natural environments by means of contemporary artistic practices and through a multidisciplinary approach. During the course of FiR, SSW has hosted […]

Artist Led-Exchange Residency

The first of our new series of Artist Led-Exchange Residencies started last month with artists Fiona McCubbin and Kirsty Russell. Over the month of May, Fiona McCubbin and Kirsty Russell, organised a number of participatory activities for residents and the local school, and also spent time learning from local practitioners about their specialist knowledges. Fiona and Kirsty have written the following post about their Artist Led-Exchange Residency. Self Care//Shared Care By Fiona McCubbin and Kirsty Russell Self Care//Shared Care is an on going conversation between […]

SSW Event – Potluck Lunch with work by artists Kirsty Russell and fiona McCubbin.

Join us for a potluck lunch this Friday the 2nd of June hosted by SSW, with current artists in residence Kirsty Russell and Fiona McCubbin. This event will mark the end of their one month Artist Led Activity: Exchange Residency at SSW. It is a chance to share their new body of work and thoughts relating to self care and collective care. This work has been informed by a series of informal meetings and workshops with individuals and groups living or […]


SSW PUBLIC TALKS  Each year SSW host a series of open talks to accompany our Summer Artist in Residence programme. During the months of June, August and September, we invite a speaker to SSW to share their work. These talks are set up to bring people together, share food and have vibrant conversations. The 2017 talks are informed by our Frontiers in Retreat project, a five year EU collaboration exploring art and local ecologies. Invited speakers will come from a range of backgrounds with specialised and varied knowledge relating to the landscape in the […]

A Week in Pictures

It’s been a busy week here at SSW. Kicking of on Sunday at The Mary Fair in Lumsden Square, where Beth our ceramics technician and helpers held a Raku demonstration. Everyone had a great day and it only rained once! Wednesday saw the opening of our improved ceramic studio with a potluck lunch. A big thank you to everyone who came and supported the people who have worked so had to make the ceramics studio such a lovely place to work or muck about […]

Open Call: Peter McMaster’s DIY project – Performing Landscapes

This 5 night and 4 day retreat hosted by SSW is designed to allow participants to engage with eco-centric approaches to performance making.  The majority of the work will be conducted outside, enquiring into the potential for the natural landscape to be seen as collaborator in performance making practice. How can we shift the perspective from ourselves to ourselves with ‘other’ when it comes to being an artist? How far can this definition of ‘other’ extend? How can our approach be […]

Emerging Artists Residency April 2017

A round up of Emerging Artists Residency April 2017 in pictures. Thanks to all the artist who took part Kate Morgan, Jack McCallum, Emmeli Person and Blaze Christopher.

SSW Courses: Metal Art Welding

Metal Art Welding  Dates of Course: 5th – 9th June 2017 Bookings: arts@ssworg.uk The SSW welding course is led by highly qualified time-served welder Bob Johnstone. Bob has worked with artists and students in universities and workshops for over 30 years, sharing skills and techniques with artists of all abilities. This course supports you to learn specific welding methods, through creating a sculptural artwork of your own design. The course provides an introduction to welding techniques, including mig, tig, arc and plasma […]

Visual treats: NIGHTSHIFT 2016/17

Last week marked the end of this years Nightshift residencies and what an incredible bunch they were! Its always hard to say goodbye to residents but we know that 90% of the time, come hell or high water, they will be back! Compiled here is a collection of ‘Visual Treats’ documenting some of the processes/ work/ activity/ sharing / experimentation/ exploring/ FUN… which took place at SSW during the two nightshift residencies this winter. Thank you to all who participated and contributed to this programme, […]

SSW OPEN CALL: Summer AiR Programme

2017 SSW Summer AiR programme Dates of residency:  May – September AiR 1: 8th May – 5th June AiR 2: 12th June -10th July AiR 3: 31st July – 28th August AiR 4: 4th September – 2nd October Duration: one to two months Cost to Artist: £560 per 4 week residency. Application deadline: Midnight 20th March 2017. SSW’s AiR programme is for artists wishing to spend a month or more working on the development of their practice – whether this is for production, research or experimentation. […]