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Supporting artist residencies, experimental learning and collaborative research models


Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s programme is a source of continuing professional development for artists providing space, time and learning opportunities to help artists develop their practice.

A programme of funded residencies, critical discussions, and networking events enables artists to produce work, develop skills and advance their practice.

Our public programme of exhibitions, seminars and talks enables audiences to see new work and to meet the artists working here.


In the summer of 2011 Dan Brown & Neil Mulholland initiated a Research Programme which was to form Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s contribution to the annual Edinburgh Art Festival.

The idea grew out of a series of learning experiments that Neil had been conducting with MFA students at Edinburgh College of Art that began with some informal discussions around art education and Dan’s desire to create a programme focussed on research, production and learning that accurately reflected ESW’s specific status as a workshop and studio complex supporting he devlopment of visual art and artists.

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There are 26 studios in the Bill Scott Sculpture Centre, with a studio community of around 30 artists. Two studios are used for the annual residency programme, accommodating around twelve visiting artists each year. The remaining Studios are curated and leases are available on a solo or shared studio basis, at affordable rates.

Studio holders have access to well-equipped workshops and research facilities, as well as 24 hour access to their studios.

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Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop offers funded residency and research opportunities enabling artists to spend time here developing work or realizing projects. These are open opportunities with deadlines announced throughout the year.
All Opportunities will be posted within the What’s on Section.

Types of Opportunities we offer