Tech Academy

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s Technical Academy is a pioneering programme set up to give emerging artists structured experience in arts fabrication and the technical sector. Each year the technical team takes on two recent graduates from Scottish art schools and trains them to learn new skills in machining, maintenance and workshop management as well as encouraging them to further their own artistic practices using Edinburgh Sculpture Workshops facilities as a hub for education and learning.

Oisin Gallagher and Lucy Wayman have been selected for the year long programme starting in October 2018 following our open call for applications earlier in June. Upon graduating from the Academy both Oisin and Lucy will have completed a strict schedule of tasks and worksheets as well as undertaking certified training to give them the experience and confidence they need to pursue a career within the arts.

The Technical Academy is now in its second year with the first cohort, Jack McCallum and Katie Strachan, successfully completing their training earlier this year. Katie Strachan has been appointed as an art technician at St George’s School in Edinburgh since finishing the programme and also continues to work as a cover technician at ESW. Jack McCallum used his experience at ESW to apply to a stone carving course in the marble region of the north of Italy where he will be studying for the next year.


Oisin Gallagher is an Irish artist based in Edinburgh. He graduated with a BA (Hons) Painting from Edinburgh College of Art in 2015 and studied for six months at The School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2013.

He recently returned from a two month curatorial exchange at Maruseppu Art Residency (MAR) in Hokkaido, Japan; where he assisted in building a studio-based residency space. He completed a solo exhibition at the Glebe House and Gallery, Ireland in 2016 and was the recipient of the Derek Hill Foundation Prize in 2014, the Astaire Prize in 2015 and the RSA John Kinross Scholarship to Florence in 2015. He served on the EMBASSY Gallery Committee for two years. He is co-director of CONCH; presenting weekly interviews on an online platform for artists and artist led collaborations as

Lucy Wayman is a Welsh Artist based in Edinburgh after graduating from a Sculpture degree at Edinburgh College of Art in 2016, with a semester studying at Queensland College of Art, Brisbane. After finishing University they were awarded Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s 3 year graduate studio, where this year has made works for Hidden Door, Edinburgh International Festival and DovecotsLiberty Art Fabrics and Fashion exhibition.

Repetition is a key element in her work, as it is this comprehensible order they rely heavily upon. Lucy’s rhythmic repetitive process of making has a therapeutic calming presence in the formation of their work, which is then mirrored in the viewers’ emotional understanding.