Looking back at this summer’s commissions

25 July – 25 August 2019

During Edinburgh Art Festival 2019 ESW commissioned 3 artist to make new work.

Caroline Achaintre: Encounter L.

Read more about Caroline Achaintre’s project.

Adam Benmakhlouf: The Noise of Making Spills Over

Read more about Adam Benmakhlouf’s project.

Lucy Wayman: Clovehitch

Read more about Lucy Wayman’s project.


Events Programme


Fridays 2, 9, 16, and  24 August 2019, 2pm

Saturdays 3, 10, 17 and 24 August 2019, 2pm

Tickets, £2 online booking

Guided tours of works by Caroline Achaintre, Adam Benmaklouf and Lucy Wayman.



Sculpture Saturdays are a series of artist-led workshops exploring the themes and processes used in the three artist projects presented at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

Jack Cheetham – Saturday 3 August, 12-4pm

Tickets: £1, No need to book, just turn-up

Artist Jack Cheetham led a workshop to make characters, puppets and creatures using clay, and experiment with some of the materials used in Caroline Achaintre’s work in this drop-in hands-on session.

Lucy Wayman, Saturday 10 + 17 August, 12-4pm

Tickets: £1, No need to book, just turn up

Lucy Wayman’s workshops invited participants to experiment with weaving and knotting rope to create an outdoor collaborative sculpture.

Adam Benmakhlouf: Sound Workshop, Saturday 10 + 17 August, 2-4pm

Tickets: £5, book online booking

Adam Benmakhlouf’s soundmaking workshops invited the participants to make and record noises from objects, the environment and musical instruments (no prior experience needed).

Animation Workshop, Saturday 24 August, 12-4pm

Tickets: £1, No need to book, just turn up

In this session led by Alice Betts you will explore the EAF’s theme Stories from an uncertain world using stop motion animation, to create your own fantasy world and characters. If you have one, bring a smart phone!



Thursday 15 August, 5.30-10pm

Tickets: £10 (£8 concs), online booking through EAF website

Organised by Edinburgh Art Festival, this evening begins with an exploration of the exhibitions at Scottish National Portrait Gallery, before continuing on to Travelling Gallery, and finishing with performances at ESW. (Art Late events are taking place on 1, 8, 15 and 22 August – see EAF Website).



Exhibition Preview: Friday 26 July 2019, 7-9pm

Artist Brunch Tour – Caroline Achaintre

Saturday 27 July, 10.30 -11.30am

Tickets: £2, book online booking

Artist Caroline Achaintre will talk about her art practice including the new work she has made for ESW’s Courtyard. Achaintre is known for her sculptures in ceramic and metal as well as her drawings, prints, watercolours and fabric pieces often in the form of tufted rugs. Her work brings together abstraction, figuration, humour and materiality, with the individual sculptures often becoming ‘characters’ which evoke their own narrative connections.

Image: Caroline Achaintre, Detail of work from Encounter L., 2019, Courtesy of the artist, Arcade, London and Art: Concept, Paris


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