Hundreds mark 40th anniversary of workshop
Sculptures: Two-day celebration
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