Group Residency 2024

Group residents 2023 in the Bothy, photo by Sarah LaPonte

The deadline for applications has now passed.

Throughout 2024 we offer our highly subsidised residency that focuses on bringing together artists form a wide variety of disciplines to develop their own practices within our welcoming workshops and studio.

Residency at SSW is experimental, collective and supported by SSW’s skilled team and we have written a little about what to expect from residency at SSW over on our residencies page.

The combination of access to facilities and workshops supported by technical support with peer exchange and learning is unique and offers lots of possibilities in the development of artists practice. With this, the programme is particularly suited to artists who;

  • want to test out new ideas or directions in their work
  • are interested in connecting with materials and processes in our workshops
  • are seeking connection with other artists
  • value open-ended and experimental approaches to making

Throughout the residency the SSW team facilitates a loose structure of optional group activity, including studio sharings, meals, walks, saunas and workshops, to build connection and conversation between the group.

With our workshops in transition over 2024 we offer the following facilities and processes during each residency month:

February – During this month our programme will focus on the ceramics and clay workshops with access to plaster and slip casting. This will be supported by introductions to various outdoor firings which may include: raku, wood firing and smoke firing techniques.

August and September – During these months, alongside our ceramics workshop outlined above, we will support access to blacksmithing, metal work and stone work. Inductions to these processes will be available during these months.

Residency is led by the selected artists practice and you do not need to work with all of these processes and no experience is necessary.

If you want to fabricate work, have a set outcome or project to work on, Open Access is more suitable for these needs.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from artists who are;

  • at any stage in their practice
  • working in any form/medium/discipline

Artists do not need to have attended residency before, do not need to have undertaken formal arts training (we believe experience is gained in many ways, including through lived experience), or be familiar with workshop environments.

The residency groups are formed carefully to bring together artists with diverse practices, experiences and from different geographic locations. This offers artists a chance to meet others working in different contexts and to make new connections. 


Artists pay £480 per four-week residency.

This cost is substantially subsidised by SSW with the support of Creative Scotland’s Regular Funding for Organisations (RFO) to the value of over £1500 per artist.  

The cost includes accommodation, access to facilities and technical/programme support. The cost does not include materials, consumables, firings, food or travel.

We can provide letters of support for artists selected for residency who would like to apply for additional funding.


Deadline for applications: 4 December, 12-midday
We will respond to all applicants on: 12 December

Residency dates:

  • Group 1 – 12 February – 8 March 2024
  • Group 2 – 12 August – 6 September 2024
  • Group 3 – 16 September – 11 October 2024

How to apply

We want your experience of applying to residency at SSW to be straightforward and accessible.

We have a simple application process, in which we want to understand: Why do you want to come on Group Residency at SSW?

Apply in a format that is comfortable for you – writing, voice memo/audio or video. We have no preference and will only consider the content of the application, not its production.

There is information in the Application Pack to support you to make your best application – please read or listen to this carefully.

We can accept applications via online form or via email to arts@ssw.org.uk.


Application pack

Frequently Asked Questions

Application questions .pdf or .doc

We have other formats available on request. If you would like a hard copy, large print, pdf, word or dyslexia friendly version, please contact us.


We welcome access riders and/or informal conversations prior to and throughout the residency about what you need to work and live comfortably on site at SSW. 

We understand ‘access’ to be what you need to be able to participate in the residency comfortably. These needs may be physical, for example different heights of workstations or access to quiet space. They may be cultural, for example connections with different groups or organisations in the area, or space for worship. Needs may include communication requirements (email, text, phone), translated documents or space for your family (bio/chosen), an ally, support worker or travel buddy to stay. These are just a few examples, and we encourage you to get in touch before you apply, to discuss what we can put in place to support your participation in residency.

Contact Joanne Matthews on arts@ssw.org.uk / 01464 861372 with any questions or to discuss access to residency.  


Please read our most recent Covid-19 update for details on how we are managing the risk from Covid-19 on site at SSW. We will continue to update our guidelines to reflect the circumstances when the residency takes place.


We advise all artists travelling from outwith the UK to check current guidance on visas before travelling to SSW. SSW is not liable for any costs related to visas, including if you are denied entry to the country. 

As per current guidance (May 2022) creative workers including ‘professional artists’ from non-visa national countries can travel to the UK for artists’ residency without requiring a visa. If you plan to undertake paid work while here on residency we advise you check current guidance to see if this is legally permitted. We cannot provide visa sponsorship for artists coming on Group residency at this time.

Visa nationals are required to apply for a UK visitor visa to attend artists’ residency. There is more information on visas for artists visiting the UK on Arts Infopoint UK.


If you have any questions about the residency programme or SSW please contact SSW’s Programme Producer on arts@ssw.org.uk or phone the office +44 (0)1464 861372 and leave a message so we can get back to you.

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