Scottish Sculpture Workshop

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Coming together on residency at SSW, artists live and work on site and have daily access to our facilities coupled with support from our technical and curatorial team. We aim to foster conditions for conversation, peer exchange and experimental making across a diverse range of processes and practices both those associated with contemporary sculpture and beyond.

Our residency programmes are for artists wishing to spend a month working on the development of their practice – whether this is for production, research or experimentation. The residency programme offers access to our wood and metal workshops, ceramic workshop, foundry, studio and library. We can also provide simple, shared, self catering accommodation.

Aside from our residency programme we also offer Open Access. Open Access is available to any artist, maker or individual wishing to develop a project, fabricate work or spend time with their practice.

Production Open Access is fully 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 Open Access offers use of our bright and airy open plan studio, alongside our cosy library, for desk and studio based research and making.

Residency Programme since: 1979
Description of Organisation:

Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW) is a making facility set up in 1989 to support learning, exchange and production, based within the rural village of Lumsden in North-East Scotland. Our facilities, residencies, artist led projects and international partnerships support artistic ambition on multiple levels and provide conditions to develop making in its plurality. SSW believe everyone is a producer of culture and that their voices, skills and knowledge are vital to encourage diverse and inclusive forms of art to emerge.


Organisation founded in: 1979
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: N/A
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Music
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Computer
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Library/research resources
  • Ceramic facilities
  • Welding tools
  • Woodworking tools
  • Metalworking tools
  • Technical assistance
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Production costs
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    Selection process: By staff
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Aberdeen International Airport (ABZ)
    Nearest Train Station: Huntly (HNT)
    How to reach by plane: The nearest international airport is Aberdeen (ABZ). There is a connecting rail service from the nearby Dyce train station (with shuttle bus between the airport and station).
    How to reach by train: The nearest train station to Lumsden is Huntly. You can change for the Huntly train line in Inverness or Aberdeen. A bus connection to Lumsden from Huntly can be made from Huntly Square.
    How to reach by car: SSW is on Main Street in Lumsden at the north end of the town – for sat nav use the postal code AB54 4JNFrom Aberdeen: Take the A944 towards Alford. Upon leaving Alford continue to the right onto the A97 towards Lumsden, Rhynie and Huntly. You will enter Lumsden from the south, and SSW will be on the right hand side just before you exit the village. From Inverness: Take the A96 south towards Aberdeen. After passing through the town of Keith, the next town will be Huntly. At the Huntly roundabout take the 3rd exit towards Rhynie and Alford, on the A97. Continue on this road for 13 miles. Upon entrance into Lumsden SSW is on the left hand side.
    Street & Number: 1 Main Street
    Postal Code: AB54 4JN
    City: Huntly
    Country long: United-Kingdom
    1 Main Street
    Huntly AB54 4JN GBR
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