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Our learning programme supports people of all ages making art


All our programmes are artist led and bring together first time participants, adult learners, children and young people. 

Our learning programme works closely with the local area in partnership with community groups and the two local primary schools.  We are committed to building long-term relationships with groups and individuals which reflects the way in which artists’ practices and meaningful public participation can develop over time. 

If you are interested in working with us or would like to visit with your school or community group email


Schools Programme

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s Schools Programme has been running since 2012 and is designed to introduce Primary 5 pupils to ways of thinking about the world around them and making art. Working in partnership with the two local primary schools Trinity and Victoria 100 + pupils come to the sculpture workshop for an hour a week for an entire school year. 

We are currently running an adapted model of the schools programme in our outdoor learning studio, find out more here.

Sculpture Saturdays

Sculpture Saturdays are bookable, free workshops designed for families to make, play and work together. The workshops provide time and space where families can come to experiment with materials, work things out together, to try, to fail and to share, learning in a collaborative and playful environment.

Over the summer we ran 7 workshops in our outdoor learning studio to find out more about the programme see here 


Public Courses Programme

Our Public Courses are open to everyone and offer a route to understanding artistic processes and ideas for artists and life-long learners. They are a great way to explore sculptural methods, learn different processes and make artworks. They give the chance to:

  • Work with highly skilled and experienced artists
  • Develop your practical skills
  • Experiment with different materials and processes
  • Learn about contemporary and historical developments in visual art
  • Access ESW’s purpose built production facilities, equipment and expertise

We keep group numbers small so our tutors can give each participant focus and support. In the past we have run daytime, evening and weekend classes. It present we have adapted our courses so that they can happen safely within the pandemic, so they are based outside or online.

You also get additional access to the workshops for you to practice your skills or finish work outside of the course hours. All materials and tools are included in the course price unless otherwise stated.

We also offer Bespoke Training, the technicians at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop are open to training enquiries from individuals and groups. We offer in-depth training in the workshops for groups of 1-3 people. If you would like more information about this or if you have an enquiry email


Partnership Projects

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop works in long term partnership with organisations such as Multicultural Family Base, Artlink  and Citadel Youth Centre to develop projects with specific groups and visual artists.

We have been working with groups from Multicultural Family Base over a number of years on projects with young people and families. This year we are running an after school clay club initiative with young women.  In the summer we ran a screenprinting family day workshop.  Artist Raheel Khan collaborated with some of the families on Land//Scape , a commission for ESW’s Beacon Tower where he invited families to recreate their impressions of the city through sound.

We have a new partnership this year with the Rock Trust working with young people on a series of group workshops and a peer to peer mentoring programme with artists.

Over the years we have run bespoke workshops with groups from Citadel Youth specifically as part of their Old’s Cool intergenerational programme.

If you have a group you are currently working with and would like to visit then please email