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Workshops and Workspaces

Specialist machinery and facilities supported by highly skilled technicians.

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop offers a range of shared spaces, specially designed to accommodate contemporary sculptural practice and staffed by an experienced technical team who are also practising artists.

Prices are set at an affordable level.

Bookings are opened up for 3 months at a time, and Members are advised by email of updates on availability and any changes to working guidelines about 2 weeks beforehand.

Months available are noted at the top of each workspace / workshop page.

All workshop users are required to have a Building Induction before working at ESW. Book a Building Induction.

Workshop Inductions are required for individual workshops use. Contact us for more information or to book.

More detailed information is at the base of this page.


Minimum booking time is a Session (a half day).

These times include set up and clean up. There are additional special cleaning routines in place at the start and end of each session due to COVID-19. All users are responsible for cleaning their workspace, including machine handles, before and after their session. The ESW Team are also doing additional cleaning.

Morning Session: 9:30am – 12.45pm
Afternoon Session:
1:30pm – 4.45pm

It’s important to arrive at the start time of your booking (within 15 minutes). Please come to the main entrance to sign in before going to your designated Workshop or Workspace.


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.


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 Workspaces such as the Courtyard Bays and Covered Yard Workspaces. There are further inductions needed for specific Workshops (eg Metal, Wood, Plaster and Ceramics) which are carried out the Technicians.

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 and Access Manual which reflect government guidance. It’s essential that you read these before coming to the building.

Technical Support

Please put as much information into the booking process as possible as this will help us prepare for your booking. Technicians will always be present if you have a booking in the Workshops but interactions should be kept to a minimum because of observing physical distancing guidance. That’s why working things out in advance is really important and this can happen on the phone as well as through the booking process. If you want to speak on the phone please include your contact details.

You will need to book time with a Technician if you need dedicated assistance. Support outside of these times can often be arranged in advance, and is organised directly with the Technicians (subject to availability and government guidelines). Once we are able to move into providing inductions to new users and one to one technical training we will have this type of session available to book online also.

Charges & Payment Terms

Payment is made online at the time of pre-booking. Additional payments on the day, eg for consumables, can be made at Reception.
Non-member rates are double the member rates.

SessionMember Rates
Session Fee£5.00 (£3.75 Concession)

Eligibility for Concession: Senior, Student, Graduates (graduated within the last 3 Years), Unemployed

All prices include VAT at the current rate.

Named User Equipment Charges per Session

The booking system enables you to pre-book and prepay for machine use at the same time as you book your session. If you need to pay for any consumable items during your visit you will be instructed how to do so on the day. Named User Equipment in the Wood and Metal Workshops – users are required to undertake specific safety induction for each piece before booking or using them.

Other Services and Charges

Forklift – £5.00 per 15 minutes

Storage – £12.00 per month per pallet. (Limited availability. Only available to current Studio and Project Space holders)

Lockers – a range of sizes is available with prices ranging from £5 to £12 per month. Minimum initial hire is 3 months.

Training & Fabrication

We hope that we will be able to resume one to one training and other activity in the autumn.

Skills Training – £30.00 per hour

Consultancy – first hour is free, £30.00 per hour

Fabrication Costs– base rate of £30.00 per hour

All prices include VAT at the current rate.