Deadline: 15/04/2019

2019 Summer Residency programme

Applications are now open for the Summer Residency programme at SSW, Scotland.

Description of residency program
Coming together on residency at SSW, artists live and work onsite 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.

Duration of residency
Our Summer Residency programme is for artists wishing to spend a month working on the development of their practice – whether this is for production, research or experimentation. The programme runs between June and September, with each group residency lasting four weeks.

The Programme 
Whilst being focused on self-directed practice, the Summer Residency follows a loose structure of group work including activities to encourage exchange between residents and artist led activity; introductory group breakfasts and talks/exercises to share your work, studio sharings, communal dinners, collective walks, film and sauna nights. 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 curatorial staff.

Group 1: 17 June — 15 July 2019
Group 2: 29 July — 26 August 2019
Group 3: 2 — 30 September 2019

Please state your preferred or available dates in the application form.

We welcome applications from artists of all disciplines and practices. There are spaces for four or five artists per residency month. Applications should outline a clear reason for attending SSW, demonstrating an understanding and response to the location, critical programme and/or facilities. We are open to international and collaborative applications. 

Fees and support
Residency costs are highly subsidised by SSW but artists pay £560 per 4 week residency. There are three Emerging Artist* places allocated on the Summer Residency, which are further subsidised and cost £370. 

* Emerging Artists are stipulated as: Current BA and MA Students /or BA and MA graduates within two years of leaving studies.

Residency costs include shared self-catering accommodation, access to all SSW facilities, technical guidance and curatorial support. Materials, consumables and process-related costs are additional and will be charged based on usage following the residency period.

For more information and to apply please visit the SSW website:

Studio/ workspace
Residency artists have 24 hour access to a shared, open-plan studio space. 
Following induction, artists can make use of the SSW Ceramics Workshop (24 hours).
The wood workshop, metal workshop and foundry are available for use during working hours and whilst a technician is on site (9:30am - 5:00pm). Artists must be inducted into machinery before use. 
Artists' use of equipment/ machinery/ workshops is at the technician's discretion.

Expectations towards the artist
Artists are expected to participate in a light programme of studio visits, communal meals, screenings and 'coming togethers' throughout the residency period. The programme for the month will be provided one month before arrival. 

We encourage artist-led activity and will support artists to lead activity when possible and if desired. 

Application information
Application deadline: Monday 15 April 2019, 12 noon. 

Apply online via our website here. You will be asked to submit:

  • A cover letter outlining your areas of interest and reasons for applying to the programme, demonstrating an understanding and response to the location, critical programme and/or facilities. (500 words max.)
  • Artist statement summarising your practice. (250 words max.)
  • A digital portfolio (4 – 6 work samples, e.g. images, text samples or links to online content)

If you have any questions or wish to discuss your application prior to the deadline please contact SSW Programme & Communications Manager Jenny Salmean: jenny[at]

2019 Summer Residency programme

2019 Summer Residency programme

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