Open Access

Ceramic Shell Room at SSW

Make use of SSW facilities at any time with Open Access (O/A). Offered on a ‘Production’ or ‘Research’ basis, with non-residential rates also available, Open Access is available to any artist, maker or individual wishing to develop a project, fabricate work or spend time with their practice.

Production O/A is supported by our technical team who will offer bespoke guidance and training as required to enable you to make use of our wood and metal workshops, foundry, wax and fabrication rooms. Research O/A offers use of our bright and airy open plan studio, alongside our cosy library, for desk and studio based research and making.

To use our Ceramics workshop, visit Ceramics at SSW.

Update: February 2022

Due to our ongoing capital development works, we have limited facilities and amenities available until July 2022.

There is access to the foundry, forge, wood & metal workshops and bothy kitchen.

There is no access to ceramics, communities room/library, studio, accommodation, accessible toilets or baby changing facilities.

From July/August 2022 we expect all facilities and amenities to be open as usual.

How to request Open Access

SSW is currently fully booked until December 2022 and we cannot support any further requests. We are sorry for any disappointment this might cause. Should any space become available we will advertise this via our newsletter and social media.

If you are interested in booking for 2023 please get in touch via email – contact jenny@ssw.org.uk or phone SSW on 01464 861372.


Production Open Access
£240 / £204 (concession) per week
Includes use of the workshops, studio
and shared self catering accommodation

Research Open Access
£154 / £131 (concession) per week
Includes use of the studio
and shared self catering accommodation

Non-residential Open Access 
£144 per week / £36 per day / £21 per half day
Includes use of the workshops and studio

All costs above are inclusive of VAT

Use of the foundry incurs an extra £15+VAT foundry charge, due to the increased overheads generated by this intensive process.

One week = Monday to Friday.
One day = 10am — 4:30pm
Concession rates are available for students and arts graduates whose session takes place within two years of leaving study.

Group bookings

Groups are welcome for Open Access residencies and courses, and student groups are particularly encouraged during Spring (March/April) and Autumn (October). Groups can undertake independent practice, or we can help tailor a programme of technical instruction. Please contact us if you are interested in bespoke group tuition.

Please note Open Access is dependent on availability. Open Access Terms and Conditions are available here.

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