Hun­dreds mark 40th an­niver­sary of workshop

Sculp­tures: Two-day cel­e­bra­tion

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY KAITLIN EAS­TON

A renowned north-east sculp­ture workshop hosted a two-day cel­e­bra­tion to mark its 40th an­niver­sary at the week­end.

The Scot­tish Sculp­ture Workshop at Lums­den wel­comed vis­i­tors from across the coun­try for the event.

A per­for­ma­tive iron pour drew in the crowd.

More than 200 peo­ple joined the cel­e­bra­tions, which also in­cluded crafty work­shops and ses­sions on black­smithing, ter­razzo tiles and alu­minium cast­ing.

Par­tic­i­pants learned how to forge coat hooks and make unique tiles for splash backs, table­tops or coasters, and also got the chance to make pat­terns and moulds for key rings.

Since SSW set up on the for­mer bak­ery site in 1979, they have be­come a top des­ti­na­tion for those pas­sion­ate about sculpt­ing, ce­ram­ics and paint­ing.

Artists from all dis­ci­plines and prac­tices have worked in the shared stu­dio through the years, mak­ing new work, ex­per­i­ment­ing with ma­te­ri­als and ex­plor­ing eco­log­i­cal, so­cioe­co­nomic and po­lit­i­cal con­cerns of SSW’s ru­ral lo­cale.

They’ll now “ground up” their workshop spa­ces, col­lab­o­rat­ing with ar­chi­tects Col­lec­tive.

The project is ex­pected to be com­pleted by 2021 and will utilise lo­cal ma­te­ri­als and knowl­edge, fore­ground­ing sus­tain­abil­ity and flexible spa­ces for artists.

SSW di­rec­tor Sam Trot­man said: “Like ev­ery­thing at SSW, the de­vel­op­ment of the new work­shops will be rooted in our found­ing be­liefs.

“We will work with artists, tech­ni­cians and users to en­sure these work­shops con­tinue to be places where re­la­tion­ships are made, ma­te­rial ex­per­i­men­ta­tion is fore­grounded and new worlds are con­jured into be­ing.

“We are pleased to have ap­pointed Col­lec­tive to join us on the jour­ney, their val­ues around sus­tain­abil­ity and com­mu­nity make them the ideal part­ner to work with us, our col­lab­o­ra­tors and com­mu­ni­ties to reimag­ine these spa­ces at SSW.”

SUC­CESS: A per­for­ma­tive iron pour was car­ried out at the cel­e­bra­tion, much to the de­light of the crowds

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