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30 Years supporting artists.

About Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

Located in the community of Newhaven, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop is a place where artists make and develop work.

We support artists in many different ways, providing subsidised studios, open access to affordable workspaces and specialist facilities as well as training and professional development. We commission new work, provide funding through a year-round programme of residencies and employ artists across all areas of activity.

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop is open to anyone interested in learning about or making sculpture. Our purpose-built spaces provide a unique environment and we regularly host organisations and community groups who want to make use of our facilities for their own programmes. For individuals or groups wanting to develop skills and knowledge our learning programme includes courses, tailored workshops and skills training. A free public programme of talks, exhibitions and tours provide other ways to get involved and meet artists.

Partnerships have always been important to Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. We have agreements in place with the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College, and work regularly with many arts, community and education organisations.

In 2012 we opened a brand new building designed by Sutherland Hussey Harris Architects. The finished complex is an architecturally inspiring space, purpose-built to provide the best working environment for artists and to create a resource for our local community.

The first phase of development was largely funded by Creative Scotland, The City of Edinburgh Council and a great many charitable trusts and individual donors. The second phase of building development, the Creative Laboratories, was fully funded by a one-off award – the Arts Funding Prize for Edinburgh – which was administered by Foundation Scotland.

The buildings house a studio community, specialist workshops, artist residency and production spaces and areas for exhibition. Indoor and outdoor spaces support a range of different sculptural activities and provide viewing areas to enable visitors to see work in progress. Our licensed café which is run by MILK is open seven days a week.


Set up in 1986 by a group of sculptor graduates from Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop was an artist-run organisation for many years.

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Funders & Supporters

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop is a registered charity. We provide direct funding to artists to allow them time and space to develop projects, test ideas and produce and show work. We subsidise the cost of studios and workspaces so that access to our facilities remains affordable for artists as they build their careers.

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