Funded Residency Artists 2020

In February, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop will welcome Mina Heydari-Waite and Wiyoga Muhardanto as the first two artists to take part in our 2020 Funded Residency Programme. They will be in residence for six weeks in February and March, researching and producing new work before handing over to our second pair of selected artists, Gediminas G. Akstinas and Ivana Pavlíčková during April and May.

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 work. Staff support the residents to make connections relevant to their projects and each residency includes at least one event or public outcome.

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop offers a range of residency opportunities enabling artists to spend time developing work, undertaking material experimentation, learning new skills and realising projects.

We offer four Funded Residencies a year for emerging artists, two funded Graduate Residencies a year, as well as subsidised, Reach Scotland Residencies. In addition we partner with organisations in Scotland and abroad to develop additional residency opportunities.

Mina Heydari-Waite is an Iranian-British artist and facilitator based in Glasgow. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2016. Heydari-Waite’s work is concerned with hierarchical dynamics in cultural history and cultural participation. Past work has included installation, sculpture, print, performance and video.

Heydari-Waite was recently awarded a Jerwood Arts New Work Fund grant for her current project ھمسفر (“Hamsafar”). She also currently works as Lead Artist on Camelon Arts, a three year town-wide community arts programme funded by Big Lottery Scotland and managed by Artlink Central. Heydari-Waite is one half the collaborative duo Peel Eezy, a “pseudo-faux art institution” she established with artist Gemma Crook in 2015. In 2018, Peel Eezy were commissioned to launch ‘The Showroom’ as part of MAP Magazine’s programme for Glasgow International (at the Savoy Centre and Centre of Contemporary Art, Glasgow). Other recent projects include: Reimagining Ancient Greece, Belsay Hall, Northumberland, 2018; The Plaza (Peel Eezy), EMBASSY Gallery, Edinburgh, 2017;  Wrap – Around (with Cora Ogborn-James, Francis Dosoo and Joe Glover) Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh, 2017; Beauty in Eight Directions (as part of the Barns-Graham Award), Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 2017; The Art Classroom (Peel Eezy), The Art School, Glasgow & Rhythm Machine, Studio 24, Edinburgh, 2017.

Image: Hamsafar, still, 2019 (work in progress), courtesy the artist

Wiyoga Muhardanto lives & works in Bandung, Indonesia. Muhardanto is primarily a sculptor whose works that incorporate methods of imitation, simulation and the juxtaposition of daily objects to explore his interest in urban community behaviours. For the past four years his work has focused on exploring issues around social mobility. Muhardanto studied at Bandung Institute of Technology with major in fine art – sculpture studio, 2002 – 2007 (BFA).

He has exhibited his work across south East Asia with his most recent solo exhibitions being 3 in 1, ROH Projects, Jakarta and What If, Art Basel Hong Kong with recent group shows at Taipei Dangdai Young Galleries Sector, Taiwan. Liber Primus, Semarang Contemporary Art Gallery, Central of Java, Indonesia in 2019 and Shared coordinates, The Arts House, Singapore, Art Jakarta 2018, Ritzs Carlton Ballroom, OPEN P.O, Omnispace, Bandung in 2018.

He is the co-founder of the art organization, Area Olah Karya and was the Director PLATFORM3, Bandung, Indonesia. His work is in the collection of the Singapore Art Museum.

Image: Gang, 2019, courtesy the artist

Gediminas G. Akstinas  is a Lithuanian sculptor currently living in Vilnius.  He graduated from the Sandberg Institute of Arts in 2016. In both his past and current work, he has been interested in situating his personal experiences within the context of public institutions such as the Mid-Manhattan Library or public enterprises such as “NS”, the Dutch train company, and the graffiti scene in Amsterdam. Akstinas is concerned with the question of how individual gestures can extend or even transform different infrastructures. At ESW he would like to continue working on nudes – a sculpture project, based on a process of collecting a series of samples of wall plasters, which have been taken from newly built buildings and which explores the tension between the speed of economy and the sensuality and motion of an individual.

His recent solo exhibitions include Companions at rented office space in Vilnius, It depends at the Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius and San Serriffe in Amsterdam, and The SHIP at Kunstverein, Amsterdam. Akstinas  is also one of the initiators and curators of Montos Tattoo – an exhibition space in Vilnius (

Image: Fallen tree branches, pen tops: RA-4 photo print, photo by Andrej Vasilenko

Ivana Pavlíčková’s work straddles the overlap between two seemingly opposite artistic worlds. On the one hand, she works through the physical and implicitly material medium of ceramics, and on the other, she develops a virtual world in 3D computer graphics. Much like in today’s world, however, these two levels constantly overlap, for example in our use of touch screen interfaces. Her work thus incessantly leaks between a sensuous specificity of the object, and its illusory nature.

Pavlíčková graduated Sculpture at Faculty of Fine arts, Brno, Czech republic, 2017 and currently lives and works in Dresden, Germany. Recent solo exhibitions include Beuys don’t cry, Pragovka gallery, Praha, 2019, CHOKER, Holešovická Šachta, Praha, 2018, Schicht, Industrial Gallery, Ostrava and New tab, Petrohradská Gallery, Prague.

Image: it, 2019, courtesy the artist