Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s Studio Community

We have 24 Studios, with options for solo or shared occupancy, and Project Spaces accommodating up to 10 artists at any time.

Our Studios offer is designed to support artists at different stages in their careers and to ensure a range of experience, skills and connections are fostered within the studio community.

Selection is by panel, comprising staff and other people working within the arts or from ESW’s Board.

Applications for Studios are welcomed at any time from professional artists working within contemporary sculpture practice.

Artists meeting the Criteria for Selection below are eligible to apply.

We welcome applications from groups under-represented at ESW.


To Apply

Please read through the information below, then download and complete the relevant application form:

ESW Studio Application Form (2022)

ESW Graduate Studio Application Form 2022

ESW Project Spaces Application Form (2022)

Submit your completed application form with your CV, a PDF of an Artist Statement and 8 images of your work to Gordon Munro, Assistant Director: gordon@edinburghsculpture.org. Email limit is 10mb so you can also Dropbox or WeTransfer the files.

If you have any questions, please contact Gordon Munro.


Types of Studio Lease

Fixed Term: 5 years
Short Term: 3 years

Monthly rate: Solo – £145      2 sharing – £102 (per person)
(Plus monthly membership: £4.17 / £3.33 per month)
Refundable Space Deposit: £99

Graduate Studios (2 sharing): up to 3 years, 4 studio shares available

Artists who are within three years of graduating from a UK College or University can apply to the Graduate Support Scheme giving them a reduced rate, shared studio for up to three years.

Monthly rate: 2 sharing: Year 1 – £82   Year 2 – £89   Year 3 – £95
(Plus monthly Membership £3.33 per month)
Refundable Space Deposit: £99

Studio Holder Benefits

Studio Holders have access to the workshops and research facilities, as well as 24 hour access to their custom built studios.

  • Studio dimensions approx. 16m²
  • Studio heat, light and power and included within the rental cost
  • 24 hour access, 365 days a year
  • Use Workshops at reduced rate (no Session charge, machine costs only), book via online booking system
  • Opportunities to book spaces for talks, presentations or events that may support Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s professional education or research programmes.
  • Free access to use shared workshops and workspaces (subject to availability via the online booking system and around ESW’s programmed activities).
  • Opportunities to apply for ESW’s Members Rep positions.
  • Use of ESW kilns at reduced rate (no daily charge, electrical units only)
  • Reduced rates for training, and free inductions
  • Opportunities to meet with visiting selectors and curators
  • Opportunity to participate in events such as Doors Open Day / Open Studios

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 panel, of staff, ESW Board Members and arts professionals.

In return for subsidised support, Studio Holders are asked to make an in-kind contribution to Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. Ways in which this contribution can be made are described below and Studio Holders are trusted to fulfil this obligation on an annual basis.

It is a requirement that Studio holders must be Members of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop throughout the term of their Licence.

Studios are not available to undergraduate students in full-time education.

Artists can apply to sub-let their studio, usually for a maximum of up to one year, for a range of professional and personal reasons. Sub-lets will be added as an Extension onto the end of the Licence, and Membership must be maintained throughout the sub-let and Licence term. Sub-lets are arranged through ESW, however cannot be guaranteed. Conditions apply.

Studio Pool

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 artists working within contemporary sculpture practice, but we accept applications from artists working in a range of media and different disciplines.

A limited number of studios may be available, from time to time, 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
  • Need for studio space that will be used on a regular basis and to its full potential
  • 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

Part of being a Studio Holder at ESW is making a contribution to the operation and community here. This model has been developed to:

–  Help ESW be sustainable economically and maintain high subsidy levels
–  Foreground ways to make a difference individually as a stakeholder
–  Keep a high level of conversation, interaction and engagement going

The Studio Holder’s contribution is to support the following types of activity each year. Examples below, but other suggestions welcome.

Contribute to a Community of Skills:

  • Give a talk about your practice, as part of ESW’s programme
  • Participate in ESW’s Member-led research programme
  • Act as a mentor for students or involve students in your practice
  • Assist the Technical Team with workshop management, e.g. rationalising of space, maintenance, group work days
  • Skills share with other ESW-based artists – providing technical support or advice for members and users
  • Teach on ESW’s Learning Programme (paid positions)

Contribute to ESW’s strategic development and profile-raising:

  • Undertake ESW Members’ Representative role
  • When relevant, credit ESW on exhibition or commission publicity material
  • Input into focus groups and take part in group events at ESW
  • Act as an ambassador for ESW when travelling/exhibiting abroad
  • Initiate links with other national or international arts organisations
  • Feedback to staff on ways to improve ESW facilities and activities

Contribution to the wider community outside of ESW

  • Suggest new audiences for ESW to target
  • Volunteer to assist with open days and public events at ESW (at least one event per year) OR agree to open your studio for visitors to ESW and discuss your work informally (at least once a year)
  • Propose ESW as the location for partnership project
  • Suggest appropriate new sponsors, funders and partners


A range of Project Spaces is available to suit all types of practice, in the Bill Scott Sculpture Centre and Creative Laboratories. These offer 24 hour access, free wifi and all other Studio Holder benefits.

Artists can apply to work in any one of these spaces for periods up to three months (with extensions possible, dependent on availability).

It is recommended that you discuss your project with the Assistant Director before applying, as there are set guidelines for use, and with the Technical Team.

All applications are submitted to Assistant Director, Gordon Munro.

Paolozzi Project Space

Located in the Bill Scott Sculpture Centre at the Workshops Level, giving easy access to the Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plaster Workshops.

Divided into 4 quadrants.
Can accommodate up to 4 artists.
Paolozzi Project Space quadrant dimensions: approx 14m².

If you need more than one quadrant please include this on your application form and give as much notice as possible.

Covered Yard Project Space

Located in the Bill Scott Sculpture Centre, adjacent to the Metal Workshop, with natural airflow.
Can accommodate 1 artist.

Labs Project Space

Located in the Creative Laboratories, beside the courtyard, with great natural light.

Divided into 4 quadrants.
Can accommodate up to 4 artists.
Labs Project Space quadrant dimensions: approx 14m².

If you need more than one quadrant please include this on your application form and give as much notice as possible.

Courtyard Project Space

A unique Project Space located in the Creative Laboratories, beside the Courtyard, offering a small workspace room and dedicated outdoor work area with workbench.

Can accommodate 1 artist.
Dimensions: 3.9m x 3.9m

Project Space Charges

Monthly rental rate: £102
(Plus ESW Membership – which can be taken out as Annual £50 (£40 Concession), or Monthly – £4.17 (£3.33 Concession) per month
Refundable Deposit: £49