Types of Residencies

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. For the selected artists we offer studio space, access to workshops and equipment and relevant training, accommodation in one of our apartments if required and staff support.

We also invite artists and curators to deliver projects and programmes and we work on collaborative projects with partner organisations who share a similar ethos and approach to supporting artists and connecting them with audiences.

Individual artists can avail of self-funded opportunities to access the facilities and work spaces through the Reach Scotland programme which offers subsidized access to work spaces, accommodation and training.

We regularly offer internships for students or recent graduates and employment opportunities which are advertised on the Creative Scotland website and through visual arts networks and artists are recruited to sit on the Board of Directors and management committees.

Micro Residency

The Micro Residency programme gives artists time and space to develop their research and practice in an unpressurised environment. The flexible nature of the residencies allows artists to explore ideas whilst benefiting from Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s facilities and staff support.

The Micro Residencies promote interdisciplinary practice and include events that enable the public to meet the artists.

There are four Micro Residencies offered each year with an open call launched in March.

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Edinburgh College of Art/Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop Graduate Bursary Award

Amy Boulton, Waterfront, (still), 2016

In collaboration with Edinburgh College of Art, we offer an annual bursary for students graduating from the BA, MA or MFA courses. The aim of the bursary is to help emerging newly-graduated artists to establish themselves after leaving college, and encourage contemporary sculpture practice in its widest sense.

One bursary is offered each year through an open call.

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RSA International Residency for Poland

An annual award, this is run in partnership with the Royal Scottish Academy and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

The award brings a Polish artist to Edinburgh on residency for three months allowing them the time and space to research and develop new work and forge an international network of new connections.

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Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop/Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries Award

Paloma Proudfoot, The Jockey, 2015

Each year, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop presents an annual award at the Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries exhibition to support emerging artists’ research and development. The selected artist is offered a month’s residency at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

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Reach Scotland

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s Reach Scotland Programme enables artists living and working outside Edinburgh to benefit from a period of research or production, with studio and accommodation, access to workspaces and training all offered at subsidised rates.

The Reach Scotland programme allows artists to access our spaces and facilities at a time and for a period suitable to them.  Artists can 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.

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop offers up to two Reach Scotland Residencies per year. There is no deadline for applications however Reach Scotland opportunities are dependent on the availability of studios and apartments. Applicants should contact Assistant Director Gordon Munro in the first instance to confirm dates gordon@edinburghsculpture.org

Research Programme

Based on re-imagining the learning environment to facilitate new knowledge, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s research programme examines workshop-based approaches to artistic production that are theoretically informed, practical and participatory. The programme facilitates new experiential knowledge, practices and tools for artists and art educators to adapt and implement and is enabling us to develop an international network of practitioners and educators.

Participation is managed in two ways. Arts collectives and organisations are invited to propose artists from their networks, and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop advertises places through open call.


Projects

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop manages projects within the public realm which we initiate or develop in partnership with other organisations. Projects have included Steep Trail – a partnership with Polarcap and Fife Contemporary Art & Craft which presents and develops work in Scotland and China; the National Memorial for Organ & Tissue Donors in Scotland – a public artwork by Alec Finlay located in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh; and The Edward Marshall Award – a design project to create furniture for the new public spaces at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.