Scottish Sculpture Workshop

General information

Brief description of organisation

The workshop was established in 1979 by Fred Bushe, OBE RSA, and since its inception the programme has hosted and supported thousands of residencies for visual arts practitioners from all over the world, forging links internationally.

From its base in rural north-east Scotland, an area characterised by it’s outstanding landscape, history and culture, SSW continues to provide a stimulating and creative environment in which to meet and work with artists from different disciplines, backgrounds and countries.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

SSW is a unique open access facility providing support for artists to create new work in the beautiful rural environment of North East Scotland.

Workshop-driven, with foundry, ceramics, wood, metal and fabrication workshops, the focuses is on the development of personal practice, skills, material, and discourse within a strong transnational peer community.

The rural location is conducive to periods of intense concentration, reflection and production, and at the same time offers access to a network with both local and international links across a number of disciplines.

The residency programme is primarily self-led, with both technical and curatorial support readily available. SSW also welcomes and supports artist-led activity, whether this is within the SSW community or the wider local area.

The residency programme offers two routes - the highly subsidized monthly AiR programme or via the Open Access programme. Open Access is primarily for a specific production or research project, can be booked for any duration and is charged at cost.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Curatorial
  • Multi-discipline
Type of organisation
  • Other

Independent Organisation and Registered Charity

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Partners
Grants available

SSW does not currently have open access funding available, although the residency programme is highly subsidized through support from Creative Scotland, and where possible we offer funded opportunities through projects and commissions. While SSW is not currently able to offer funding, we are happy to support artists making applications to other funding bodies.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Other

To participate and contribute to the SSW community, communal living areas, keep workshops and studios tidy.

Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure


Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Ceramics Facilities
  • Welding Tools
  • Woodworking Tools
  • Metal Working Tools
  • Plaster Room
  • Foundry, Communities Room. NB: Internet connection is limited
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
  • Shared Room
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Community Events and Activities

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.

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).

By car

SSW is on Main Street in Lumsden at the north end of the town - for sat nav use the postal code AB54 4JN

From 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.

Nearest airport

Aberdeen International Airport (ABZ)

Contact information

Scottish Sculpture Workshop
1, Main Street
AB54 4JN Huntly
United Kingdom

Phone: 441464861372

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