Studio Holder Benefits
24 hour access to studios
Free access to other workshop and meeting spaces for your own work (Wood, Metal & – Mixed Media Workshops, outdoor bays, IT Space). Additional charges apply to workshop use for consumables and use of specialist equipment.
Opportunities to book spaces for talks, presentations or events that may support Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s professional education or research programmes.
Studio Selection and Management
We select artists at different stages in their careers to ensure a range of experience, skills and contacts within the studio community. Selection is by a panel of staff, Board members and arts professionals.
Artists can sub-let their studio for up to one year if they are offered residency or research opportunities elsewhere. Sub-lets will be included within the period of the lease so leases will not be extended by the length of any sub-lets. Employment or teaching positions do not fall under this category.
In return for the subsidised support, studio holders are asked to make a contribution to Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. Ways are outlined in which this contribution is described below and artists are trusted to fulfil this obligation on an annual basis.
All studio holders must be members of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.
Studios are not available to undergraduate students in full-time education.
Artists whose applications are deemed acceptable by the selection panel but who cannot be allocated a studio immediately will have the opportunity to be added to the Studio Pool to be considered for the next available studios. When studios become available selection committees will review the pool and attempt where possible to allocate from this list before going to open call.
Artists in the Studio Pool may be asked to update their application after one year. The selection panel will select from the pool taking into consideration the existing balance of studio holders which may mean that artists in the pool will not be awarded studios chronologically.
Only artists, who have satisfied a rigorous selection procedure reflecting the quality of their work and its place within contemporary sculpture practice, as well as their need for a studio, are offered spaces. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate their commitment to a significant level of usage during their tenure of a studio.
There is a focus on sculpture but we accept applications from artists working in a range of media and different disciplines.
A limited number of studios may from time to time be available for applicants working within the Creative Industries (defined for our purposes as architecture, crafts, design, film, music, performing arts, publishing, and media). Any Creative Industry tenants should be able to demonstrate the benefit of their practice to Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s activity.
Criteria for Selection
Applicants should be able to demonstrate:
- A high quality of work
- Skills of a high standard
- Their work is located within contemporary sculpture practice
- An engagement with audiences and/or participants
- A clear vision for the development of their work and a need for studio space
- A willingness to engage in peer or professional development and the exchange or transfer of knowledge
- How working at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop will benefit their practice
- How they will actively contribute to Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop activities
Studio Holders’ Contribution
Studio holders will be expected to demonstrate they have supported three or more areas of contribution each year. Examples of the types of ways in which Studio Holders will be expected to contribute to Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop activities:
Contribute to a Community of Skills
- Give talks about your practice from time to time as part of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s artistic programme
- Participate in Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s members-led research programme
- Act as a mentor for students or involve student interns in your practice in some way
- Assist the technical team with workshop management e.g. rationalising of space, maintenance
- Skills share with other Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop-based artists – providing technical support or advice for members and users
- Teach on Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s Education Programme (paid positions)
Contribute to Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s strategic development and profile-raising
- Stand for election to sit on one of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s committees e.g. Board of Directors, Artistic Committee, Selection or Management Committees
- Undertake Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop members’ representative role
- When relevant credit Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop on exhibition or commission publicity material
- Input into focus groups and take part in group events at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
- Act as an ambassador for Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop when travelling/exhibiting abroad
- Initiate links with other national or international arts organisations
- Feedback to staff on ways to improve Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop facilities and activities
Contribution to the wider community outside of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
- Suggest new audiences for Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop to reach
- Volunteer to assist with open days and public events at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (at least one event per year) OR agree to open your studio for visitors to
- Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop and discuss your work informally (at least once a year)
- Propose Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop as the location for partnership projects
- Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop would be delighted to hear studios holders’ suggestions of other ways they could contribute
Please Download and complete the application form below and submit your CV, with a PDF of an Artist Statement and 8 images of your work. Email limit is 10mb so you can also Dropbox or WeTransfer the files to firstname.lastname@example.org
ESW Studio Application Form