Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
Bill Scott Sculpture Centre, 21 Hawthornvale, Edinburgh, EH6 4JT
Phone: 0131 551 4490
Located in the community of Newhaven, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (ESW) is a world class centre for production, research and learning which, over the last 30 years, has been pioneering in its commitment to integrating artists in all aspects of its work and policy.
It provides a place in which artists and public users can access the tools, knowledge and mental and physical space which encourage them to experiment, test ideas and take creative risks. ESW supports artists by providing subsidised studios, open access to affordable workspaces and specialist facilities as well as training and professional development. The organisation also commissions new work, supports development through a year-round programme of residencies and employs artists across all areas of activity.
In 2012, ESW opened a new building designed by Sutherland Hussey Harris Architects, an architecturally inspiring space, purpose-built to provide the best working environment for artists and to create a resource for the local community.
This Doors Open Days weekend you can visit ESW in-person by pre-booking onto one of the guided tours happening at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on Saturday 25 September (more details below).
Alternatively, if you can’t visit us in-person this year you can view videos about ESW’s past programmes here, or if you would like to get more involved in the near future, there is a specially devised Clay Portraiture Online course open for registration now (watch a video here of the tutor Duncan Robertson introducing the course).
You might also enjoy this short video about the construction of ESW’s Creative Laboratories and this short film introducing the amazing network of eleven production facilities across the country, who work together under the name Scotland’s Workshops, of which ESW is a part.
Visit in Person
This year you can visit Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop by pre-booking below onto one of the guided tours happening at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on Saturday 25 September. The tour will be led by a member of the team and will give you insight into the specialist workshop facilities as well as the artist’s projects and commissions happening around the building.
Access to the inside areas of the building will only be by bookable guided tour but you can visit the site and see the artists’ commissions between 11am – 4pm. These artists’ projects include Alaya Ang & Hussein Mitha’s sound work in the Beacon Tower; Andrew Gannon’s exhibition in our street view gallery; Lucy Wayman’s public artwork above the cycle path and our ongoing Billboard for Newhaven project.