George Ridgway, Out-tract (2019)

The Winter Residency programme at Scottish Sculpture Workshop invites artists to come together and continue developing their practices, informed by our wider research and programme.

This winter, we continue explorations into the role of making and understanding materials in a time of climate breakdown. Together we will dwell2 in the tangles and tensions between materiality and extraction, industrial processes and ecological (un)learning. The messy overlaps between the making skills we foster at SSW through our workshops, and the skills needed to “stay with the trouble”3, demand attention, critique and complication.

How can a multi-species discourse inform future material practices? Can we develop new material knowledges and making skills in ways that resist extractive systems? How can ideas of sympoiesis, symbiosis and parasitism inform our relationships with materials?

Through these questions, we look to artists who are interested in ideas around:

  • Collaboration, multi-species communities and the more-than-human
  • Vibrant matter and new materialisms
  • Contingencies and maintenance in a future with limited resources
  • Making as a means for relationship building 

The Winter Residency is shaped and directed by the selected artists. This year it is also supported by SGSAH Researcher-in-Residence, Daisy Lafarge, and invited guests in the SSW Public Talks programme. We look to bring together diverse artists’ practices and perspectives to explore these ideas in multiple ways.

For more information on the residency programme at SSW and how to apply visit Winter Residency 2020: stony connections matter.


1 Ahmed, S. (2014) Wilful Subjects. Durham, Duke University Press, in https://feministkilljoys.com/2016/01/29/willful-stones/

2 “To adopt a dwelling practice is not, of course, to deny that humans build things. But it is to call for an alternative account of building, as a process of working with materials and not just doing to them, and of bringing form into being rather than merely translating from the virtual to the actual” – Ingold, T. (2011) Being Alive, New York, Routledge.

3 Haraway, D. (2016) Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Durham, Duke University Press.

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