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Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
21 Hawthornvale, Edinburgh EH6 4JT

Tel: +44 (0) 131 551 4490

Contact Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

    COVID-19 Update, August 2022

    We continue to monitor guidance and work to best practice models, including wearing masks within communal circulation spaces and asking others if they are ok with you removing your mask in shared inside spaces. Booking for workshop space happens through our website and there is more information on our COVID-19 statement page which also includes a link to our Access Manual.

    Opening Hours

    Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s reception and workshops are open Tuesday to Friday, from 9:30am to 5:00pm.

    The licensed cafe, run by Milk, is open 7 days a week with tables inside and out:
    Monday to Thursday from 9.00am to 2.00pm
    Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am to 4:00pm

    Getting Here

    Use what3words to travel to specific locations at ESW: what3words divided the world into 3 metre squares and gave each square a unique combination of three words. It’s the easiest way to find and share exact locations.

    ESW Main Entrance on Hawthornvale:

    ESW Car Park / Covered Yard gates:

    A Billboard for Newhaven:

    View Hawthornvale Space from the street:

    Beacon Tower:

    Café MILK main entrance:

    There are good public transport links to Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

    Buses: Lothian Buses number 7 runs from North Bridge and number 11 from Tollcross and Princes Street, both to Newhaven Road (Dudley Crescent stop). Buses 10 and 16 run from Tollcross and Princes Street to Lindsay Road (Chancelot Mill stop).
    Skylink Bus number 200 runs from the Airport to Ocean Terminal.

    Bicycle: Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop is located on the Newhaven cycle path which runs behind the site and connects with Hawthornvale. There are bike racks at the ESW’s Reception entrance on Hawthornvale and outside MILK Cafe.

    Car: Free parking is available on site at the workshop level. Access is from Hawthornvale, reached from Newhaven Road (which crosses Ferry Road) or from Lindsay Road (opposite Chancelot Mill).

    There is one disabled parking space in the car park and for disabled users there is free on-street parking on Hawthornvale, although spaces are usually hard to find.

    Edinburgh Airport is a major international airport. Edinburgh can be reached by frequent tram or bus services direct from the airport, where car hire is also available. Edinburgh lies within about 1.5 hours of Glasgow and most of Central Scotland.


    Access Statement: We intend for ESW to be as accessible as possible and have provided further information below in order to help you prepare for your visit. Please contact us if you would like to ask questions or tell us about your experience using ESW.

    You can contact us by phone or email, and if you would like to, while planning a visit to Ashanti Harris’ exhibition during August 2022, you can use the WelcoMe app to conveniently inform us of your needs, to pre-plan your visit, and pre-book assistance if required – using info from an online profile that you control, reducing the need to repeat yourself when planning multiple visits. Click on the pink button below.

    Share your needs with us ahead of your visit by using the WelcoMe app which is free to download, sign up to and use for individuals.

    Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop has level access throughout.

    There is a lift and disabled toilets at café and reception levels. Rolling access is via the cycle path and cafe, or through the main reception from Hawthornvale. ESW is comprised of two buildings, the main Bill Scott Sculpture Centre, which houses the workshops (Level 0), main reception, studios, offices and Research Space (Level 1); and the Creative Laboratories, which houses a project space, outside working space and event and exhibition areas. The cafe is in the centre of these two buildings.

    Parking: There is one Blue Badge parking space in the ESW car park. The carpark located at Workshop level (0) and accessed from Hawthornvale. There is level access from the car park around the side of the building on a compacted gravel path (or on the adjoining cycle path) to Cafe MILK which is in the centre of our buildings.

    Pavement Access: There are pavements on both sides of Hawthornvale, some parts are narrow and cars park on both sides of the street.

    Main Entrance and Reception of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop: The main front door (non-automatic), is on Hawthornvale at pavement level. It is attended by staff during opening hours (Monday to Saturday, 9.30am-5pm and some evenings for courses), and staff can assist with the door. There is an accessible height door bell if needed. For visitors using our workshops, studios, attending courses and events in the Research Space, this is the main entrance and where people sign in and out of the building.

    Courtyard and Creative Laboratories: This low building is the location for many of our public events, exhibitions, artist commissions and weekend drop in workshops, for example on open days and during our summer programme. It can be accessed directly from the cycle path or by using the steps down from Hawthornvale or rolling access from Hawthornvale, via ESW’s carpark at the east of the building. This is also where Cafe MILK is located.

    Accessible Toilets: There are two toilets for wheelchair users, one located one Level 1, along the corridor from ESW’s street-level entrance; and the other at Level 0, beside Cafe MILK. All our toilets are gender neutral and the accessible toilets have baby changing tables.

    Lift and Ramps: There is a large lift between the three floors of the Bill Scott Sculpture Centre. The Creative Laboratories building has level access or ramps throughout.

    Flooring: The interior floors are all painted, smooth concrete, the Courtyard is also concrete.

    Sound: Some parts of ESW are quiet workspaces and others, for example the workshops, have high levels of sound (ear protection can be provided). Cafe MILK plays background music and can be noisy when there are lots of visitors.

    Lighting: Light levels vary across the building but most spaces are lit by a mix of daylight and overhead bulb lighting.

    Assistance Dogs: Are welcome at ESW.

    Large Print Information: If you require large print information, please visit and if you have any questions or need further information please contact us.

    For more access information please visit the Euan’s Guide website (external link).

    Getting to ESW: A Described Guide

    If you have any special needs or access requirements or if you want to know more about getting here
    call us on 0131 551 4490