Plans for 2023 have been revealed at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop

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The Lumsden-based Scottish Sculpture Workshop has revealed plans and opportunities for this year’s creators.

SSW is an organization committed to the transformative power of bringing people together by creating and opening opportunities for artists and local residents to access their facilities.

The plans for this year reflect this ambition as Director at SSW Sam Trotman, Director explained: “We are excited this year to focus our program on the recently developed areas of the SSW site and to see these wonderful new spaces being reinvigorated by artists and the local community.

“This year will see new creative community activities as well as important opportunities for artists within our ceramics programme.

“We are also taking time to update and develop our strategic plans for 2023 and forward, as 2023 is a year of transition for SSW and we take time to actively learn, transform and grow as an organization.”

After a period of capital redevelopment, a new community making space, on Lumsden’s High Street, is now complete.

Due to its location facing the community, the space is highly visible and accessible, and its design and architecture invite people into it.

Provides a dedicated space for groups and individuals to use together.

Over the next year, SSW will work with people who live locally at SSW, the artists collective Myvillages and a new community arts organizer to develop how the space is managed, as well as work together to create a community-focused program as part of The Rural School of Economics supported by the BEPART program.

Rural School of Economics takes place across Europe and aims to value and share the decentralized, self-organized and innovative ways in which we meet and live in rural settings.

Throughout 2023, the Community Making Space at SSW is being used as a testing ground for a wide variety of ideas from the local community and groups.

This test program is called Lumbungsden, and it is a collaborative project with artists Myvillages as part of the multi-local Rural School of Economics.

Lumbugsden Project at SSW
Lumbugsden Project at SSW

The Lumbungsden program began with a series of food tasting sessions in February and March that were decided upon by local residents.

These sessions are now complete but only a few sessions are available throughout the month.

The Lumbungsden program will culminate in a summer school that will bring together local residents, groups and artists from across the Rural School of Economics and the Creative Europe BE PART network.

Myvillages* describe Lumbungsden: ‘Lumbungsden’ merges ‘Lumsden’ and ‘Lumbung’. “Lumbung” was the motto for Documenta in 2022, one of the most influential global art events that takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany.

“Lumbung” is an Indonesian term meaning “common rice paddy”.

The word was provided by the Ruangrupa Collective, the team of values ​​behind this document.

Sharing art, community and resources has been very important, and we want to continue ‘Lumbung’ by introducing the motto to Lumsden = Lumbungsden”

SSW is also pleased to share news of a newly redeveloped ceramics workshop with increased capacity, improved access, new equipment and a larger layout.

A new ceramics program and open use of the space will be announced in the spring.

Newly renovated ceramics workshop.
Newly renovated ceramics workshop.

The visiting artists’ accommodations have also been refurbished to provide the resident artists with improved facilities. Accessibility was a major part of the plans, with improvements to the building’s texture and site navigation. SSW will also continue to partner in 2023, with the University of Helsinki and Cove Park, Scotland, and the third year of SSW’s Care Givers Residency program with Counterflows Festival.

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