Reach Scotland Residencies Now Open for Application until 30 May 2021


Reach Scotland Residencies
Deadline for applications: 30 May 2021 @ 5.00 pm

Applications are open for our Reach Scotland Residency Programme 2021- 2022.

The residencies will take place from September to December 2021 and we are also open to hearing from artists who would like to apply for a residency in 2022 if you have a longer term plan. REACH Scotland Residencies can be 2 – 4 weeks but longer residencies can be arranged through discussion with our staff team.

Due to the ongoing fluctuations in travel restrictions, you can only apply to this residency if you are a visual artist living in mainland Scotland for dates in 2021 or living within the Common Travel Area (which includes all of The United Kingdom and Ireland) for dates in 2022.

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s Reach Scotland Programme is tailored around artists who are working on a funded project which requires either the production of final work or a concerted period of research and development.

The Reach Scotland programme allows artists to access our spaces and facilities at a time and for a period suitable to them.  Artists are encouraged to connect with our studio community, will benefit from 24 hour access to a studio and have the opportunity for training and skills development in our specialist workshops which include wood, metal and mixed media.

Reach Scotland residencies include studio, accommodation, access to workspaces and training, all offered at a subsidised cost and at a time that it is needed for each individual artist’s project.

To Apply

Please email one complete pdf with the following information to as follows

  • Your contact details and information about dates preferences.
  • A short bio (80-100 words maximum).
  • A brief statement (500 words maximum) explaining why a Reach Scotland Residency would benefit the development of your practice and what you would like to do. If there is any specific workshop equipment you would like to use during the residency or any training that would be beneficial, please include details in this statement.
  • Your CV (1-2 pages maximum).
  • Up to 8 images. For moving image/audio work, you can provide links to work online and your website within this PDF document.
  • Title of PDF should be YourName_ESWReach2021.pdf

Total email attachment must be less than 10MB.

A panel led by Gordon Munro, ESW Assistant Director and Dan Brown, ESW Curator of Research will review the applications and make the selection.

ESW is well equipped, in terms of the studio and workshop facilities, for working on large projects and gaining new skills and the artist can become part of a supportive and sociable environment here. There is excellent expertise within our team which can help with project planning and testing techniques but we also have a larger network of skilled artists, technicians and specialist suppliers if other advice or assistance is needed.

In the past we have hosted artists who have a specific project to make for a commission or exhibition; and artists working through academic research within their practice. We haven’t so far hosted duos or groups but are open to discussing this as we know the facilities here could work well for a collaborative project. The Reach Scotland Residencies have been running since 2012 when we moved into our new building.


Includes Studio Space / Accommodation / Workshop Session Fees / Inductions:

£700 for 4 weeks

Training: £20 per hour

All prices include VAT at the current rate The cost of £700 represents a subsidised cost for living and working here at ESW and we can provide information to support funding applications if you are building the components of a future project.

After reading the information on our Residency and Workspaces pages please get in touch if you have further questions by phoning or emailing Dan Brown

Image credit: Widders Dump, Sebastian Thomas, Photocopy transfer, lithograph, silkscreen, paper collage, coloured pencil, 2019 (REACH Scotland Resident 2020)