Residencies at ESW

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop offers a range of residency opportunities enabling artists to spend time here developing work, undertaking material experimentation, learning new skills or realising projects. Deadlines are announced throughout the year and you can sign up for residency news on the mailing list link at the base of this page. For the selected artists we offer studio space, access to workshop equipment, inductions to our facilities, accommodation in one of our apartments, if required, and staff support. We also work in partnership with other organisations to support artists working within their programmes to make new work.

We offer some specially targeted, funded residencies throughout the year as well as the subsidised, more flexible, Reach Scotland Residencies, which have been running since ESW moved into its new building in 2012.

Applicants must be able to articulate why the residency is important for them and how it will help them to progress their ideas and learning. The residencies are for artists with a formal art training and a track record of projects.

Our workshops are well equipped to support production and development across a range of contemporary sculptural processes and our staff team can offer advice and skills training to help residents develop their practices.

You can read more about our production facilities on our Workspaces page.

Other facilities include IT space with MACS, wifi, meeting / presentation rooms and clean working spaces suitable for a variety of practices.

Accommodation is in apartments within ESW building (with private entrances). Where accommodation is mentioned, it is for an individual artist. If you would like to visit with a partner or family please get in touch to discuss this with us.

Applicants must arrange their own travel and we can give advice when needed. More information on our Visit Us page.

We welcome proposals from artists of all backgrounds, including those from minority ethnic groups, those who consider themselves to be disabled and those who are currently underrepresented in the visual arts. The building and resources are accessible but if you would like to further information about our support for any specific needs or requirements do get in touch.

Reach Scotland

The deadline for applications is Sunday 31 March 2019, midnight.

You can apply to this residency if you are a UK or International Visual Artists Living outside Edinburgh

There’s space for up to two residents between 15 April and 30 June 2019; plus other dates over 2019 and 2020 as required by individual applicants

This residency costs £700 for four weeks which is the subsidised costs of an individual studio, accommodation within the onsite apartment, daily workshop session fees and induction to the facilities and workshops. Additional training can be booked for the subsidised rate of £20 per hour when needed.

A panel led by Gordon Munro, ESW Assistant Director and Lesley Young, ESW Programme Coordinator will review the applications and make the selection.

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Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s Reach Scotland programme is tailored around artists who are working on a funded project which requires either production of final work or a concerted period of research and development. The facilities at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop are well equipped for this, in terms of the studio and workshop spaces, 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 and technicians if other advice or assistance is needed.

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.

We have found that residencies of a month or six weeks are ideal as they give enough time to properly enter into a period of research, development and production as well as time to get to know the other artists and studio holders at ESW. Shorter residencies can sometimes be accommodated in specific circumstances (at £210 per week).

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 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 Lesley Young

ESW will be issuing a call out for two Graduate Residency places to take place in Autumn 2019 and four Funded Residency places to take place in early 2020, shortly, with a deadline on 30 April 2019, you can read more about this on the Residency page.

All prices include VAT at the current rate.

Image Above: Simon Beeson, Relief Rectangulaire, project images including reference image by Sophie Taeuber-Arp, 1949 (Photo: Michel Sima, © Archiv Foundation Arp, Clamart; other photos by Simon Beeson and Eric Schumacher).  Reach Scotland Residency, September 2018.

Graduate Residences

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 30 April 2019, midnight.

You can apply for this residency if you are a 2019, 2018 or 2017 graduate from undergrad and postgrad courses at any Scottish college.

There’s two places, one of which will be awarded to an Edinburgh College of Art Graduate and is supported by ECA and the other is the second year of a special grant from Fenton Trust which enables us to support a graduate from outside Edinburgh.

You can apply through an online link, which will be live from the end of March 2019.

The residency period for these two Graduate Residencies is three months, November 2019 – January 2020.

In collaboration with The Fenton Trust and Edinburgh College of Art, we offer two residences graduates from 2019, 2018 and 2017 undergrad and postgrad courses at any Scottish college. The aim of the bursary is to help newly-graduated  artists to establish themselves after leaving college, and encourage contemporary sculpture practice in its widest sense.

Image Above: Amelia Tan, When did she become such a sun rat? 2018. ECA Bursary Award 2018.

Graduate Research Award with RSA New Contemporaries

You are eligible for the award if you are exhibiting within RSA New Contemporaries 2019

There is one place available.

The selectors are Hamish Young, ESW Studio Holder, and staff members Gordon Munro and Lesley Young.

The selection takes place before the exhibition opens, the panel will review all works in the show before making a decision. The award will be announced at the RSA New Contemporaries Preview.

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop presents an annual award at the Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries exhibition to support emerging artists’ research and development. The award is a package of developmental support including one year membership, £300 bursary to use on production materials and training time with our technicians and two days mentoring by other members of ESW’s programming staff.

Image Above: Paloma Proudfoot, The Jockey, 2015

Funded Residencies

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 30 April 2019, midnight.

You are eligible for this residency if you are a UK or International visual artists, who graduated before 2017.

There are four places available.

You can apply through the online link, which will be available from the end of March 2019.

The residency period is six weeks, either January-February 2020 or March-April 2020.

The selectors for this residency will be announced with the open call.

The Funded Residency programme gives artists time and space to develop their research and practice in a supportive environment where they can access training and equipment to help them make their work. Staff support the residents to make connections relevant to their projects and each residency includes at least one event or public outcome. Funded Residents receive a fee, alongside the accommodation, studio and support from technical and programme staff. These residencies are designed for emerging artists who graduated before 2017 (you can see details of our Graduate Residency opportunities elsewhere on this page).

Image Above: Dorian Braun and Japser Coppes, 2019.

Partnership Residencies

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop is part of a consortium project with two Scottish residency organisations, Hospitalfield and Cove Park, and three Japanese residency organisations AIT, ARCUS and TOKAS which will see three Scotland based artists undertake residencies in Japan and three Japanese artists come to Scotland for residencies during 2019 and 2020.