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.
Duration of residency
Duration: one month (4 weeks)
Residency 1: 27 January — 24 February
Residency 2: 2 March — 30 March
Please state your preferred or available dates in the application form.
As part of the residency programme artists have access to simple, shared on-site accommodation with a private room.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
The Winter Residency is shaped and directed by the selected artists. In each block we welcome up to five artists, who live and work on site alongside other artists who may be on site for SSW projects and Open Access.
We strongly support artist-led activity, and believe it to be key in fostering artist peer exchange with a loose residency structure of group work, which includes introductory group breakfasts and talks/exercises to share your work, studio sharings, communal dinners, walks, film and sauna nights. This year, the SSW Public Talks will also run alongside the programme and there will be opportunity for wider exchange with the invited speakers.
Residents are given the freedom to work in an open environment, and to develop dialogues with both peers and staff. Residents are offered timetabled support from technicians and the opportunity for one to one advisory sessions with SSW staff.
During the first week you will undertake workshop inductions and have dedicated time with technicians to develop a making schedule (should this be required) for your residency period. For further information on workshops see our facilities page. Please feel free to contact us prior to arrival, especially if you have a specific production project in mind.
We welcome applications from artists of all disciplines and practices.
Studio / Workspace
Artists have access to a shared studio, library and workshops:
– wood workshop
– metal workshop
– ceramics workshop
– fabrications room
Fees and support
Residency costs are highly subsidised by SSW but artists pay £560 per 4 week residency. There are two places allocated for emerging artists* on the Winter Residency, these places are further subsidised and cost £370 per four week residency. This does not include material costs or charges for consumables.
* Emerging artists are stipulated as: Current BA, MA and alternative MA programme students /or BA, MA, alternative MA graduates undertaking the residency within two years of leaving studies.
Expectations towards the artist
Artists are expected to participate in the residency programme of group work, which includes introductory group breakfasts and talks/exercises to share your work, studio sharings, communal dinners, walks, film and sauna nights.