Workshops and Workspaces
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop offers a range of shared spaces, specially designed to accommodate contemporary sculptural practice and staffed by a technical team who are practising artists. Prices are set at an affordable level.
In May 2021 we are re-introducing pre-booked access for Studio and Project Space Holders to the Workshops and Workspaces.
In June 2021 we will re-introduce pre-booked access for Members who have already had workshop inductions.
Working at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
We have gone through a process of assessing each space and facility, allocating solo or 2-sharing use of the Workshops as this cuts down on the safety variables while we are still so conscious of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of this process we have identified the useful Workspaces around the building which complement the core Workshops and are suitable for other sorts of working. This includes several outside spaces. All of these will be available to book as we develop the booking system which you can access on the sections below.
In normal times, Workshop bookings can be made by Members who have had a general building induction, and been inducted into those spaces or machines by the Technicians.
To work here you pay a session fee, which gives access to all the shared workspaces. There are additional charges for some of the workshop machinery, for consumables and for workshop services such as training, forklift use and storage. Details of charges and payments are included in the workshop information and booking process.
When first coming to ESW as a Member you need to have a Building Induction. After this you are able to book and use all spaces in the Workspaces category. There are further inductions needed for specific Workshops (eg Metal, Wood, Plaster and Ceramics) which are carried out the Technicians. We can’t currently do inductions because of the pandemic restrictions but please do contact us if you would like to be inducted in the future. In June we will be able to do building inductions for new Members.
You can join to become a Member here.
Number of Bookings
So that access can be shared please do not book more than 2 sessions (half days) per week. We will monitor and adjust this over time.
If you are working on a big project or have an important deadline, please contact Technician, Stephen Murray, to arrange a time to meet to discuss your project in advance, so that we can plan ahead with you and devise a programme of work.
Personal Protective Equipment
Workshop users are asked to bring their own PPE including PPF3 Mask, Eye Protection, Ear Protection, Gloves and Boots. We have a very limited supply and will only hand out disinfected items at start of session if a user cannot supply their own. We will provide specialist items, Welding Hoods etc, with a specific disinfection protocol before and after session.
COVID-19 and Coming to ESW
Please read fuller information about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and instructions about how to prepare for coming to ESW on our COVID-19 Re-introduction of Activities page including the Checklist Flow Chart which reflects government guidance. It’s essential that you read this before coming to the building.