Dissenter for Space Studies – Event Series

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop is excited to be hosting The Dissenter Space Programme for this series of events in ESW’s Research Space throughout April and May 2024.


Saturday 4 May, 1 – 3 pm – and ongoing in early May

Drop into ESW’s research space to visit our collective-in-residence Dissenter Space. For Open Studios, Jacob Hoffman is presenting Reading Room a collection of writings, documents and images shaped by participants of the ongoing research platform Public Library.

You can find out more about the project here

Past Events

Launch event with artist Suds McKenna and architects Woodcock & Ellis.

Saturday 13 April 2024, 5 – 7pm

Thanks to all who joined us at Dissenter Space’s temporary home at ESW to unveil Suds McKenna’s commission, followed by an in-conversation discussing ideas of performed labour and staging that informed the design development of the Dissenter with McKenna, Woodcock & Ellis.

Hypnotic Clay with Khadea Santi and Persy Russell.

Saturday 20 April 2024, 6.30 – 8pm

Khadea Santi is one of the artists-in-residence at the Dissenter and for this event they are joined by interdisciplinary artist Persy Russell to explore the attraction of clay within their practices.


Thursday 2 May, 6 – 7pm

“We welcome you to a very short evening of edutainment with MULGREW exploring the etymology and practical psychology of the cupboard. As part of the lecture fun we will also be examining the interpolarity of the cup itself as well as looking in depth at supping seremonies from seedier schedules.”

The Dissenter for Space Studies is a collaboration between a growing number of artists, designers, programmers, writers and curators. With support from Outerspaces, we created a shared artist-led space at 57 Henderson Row, a formerly vacant office in the heart of Edinburgh. For one fantastic year we hosted a programme of performances, talks, screenings, music, zines, seed sowing, commissions and residencies in what felt like the start of a community. As we search for a new home, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop are kindly giving us temporary shelter at their Research Space so we can continue to play about with art and ideas. As ever, the space is open to all studio holders and if members have ideas for things that they’d like to make happen, we’d love to hear from you.

Commissioned by Outer Spaces with support from Creative Scotland?

You can find out more about The Dissenter Space here.


Suds McKenna’s work hung within Dissenter Space event space; audience watching a talk by WoodcockEllis.

Suds McKenna standing to the right of their hanging spray painted work, within the black and pink curtains of the Dissenter Space set up.
Duo WoodcockEllis presenting to the audience of a Dissenter Space talk within a white room with translucent white curtains.
Four people talking on front of Suds McKenna's green, figurative, spray painted work on canvas, hanging on front of the pink curtain within Dissenter Space's set up.