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The Air Show, Sculpture Saturday Workshop , August 2023


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 our much valued local partnerships 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. Working in partnership with the two local primary schools Trinity and Victoria 100 + Primary 5  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 Family Workshops

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

To see a review of  the August 2023 programme see here.

Click on the image below to view a pdf about the 2022 programme designed by Sculpture Saturdays Assistant, Isobel Leonard.

Previous Sculpture Saturday Programmes can be found here:
Summer 2021

This programme was kindly been supported by the Foyle Foundation from 2021-2022.


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. At 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



Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop works in long term partnership with local organisations to develop projects with specific groups and visual artists.

We have been working with groups from Multicultural Family Base over a number of year on projects with young people and families. Recent projects include: an after school Clay Club initiative with young women which is ongoing; family day workshops, workshop for a men’s group and in 2021 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.

In 2020 we started a new partnership with the Rock Trust  and have been working with young people on a series of group workshops and a peer to peer mentoring programme with artists. Find out more about the work we have been doing together and our plans from Autumn 2023 see  here.

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