The Artist Be­hind SSW

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sum­mer, when four artists trav­elled to the cen­tre for a month to live and make work. Each of the artists worked with chil­dren from Lums­den Pri­mary School on a project that will also form part of the week­end’s cel­e­bra­tions.

“It feels like an im­por­tant point in the year to gal­vanise and bring peo­ple to­gether,” says Sam Trot­man, di­rec­tor of SSW. “There’ll be a bon­fire, cook­ing and food and mu­sic as well. We al­ready have a Mary Fair, which marks the start of spring here, but we were think­ing – what hap­pens when we go into our re­ally dark and long win­ter? How do we mark that, and how do we think about shar­ing some of those things that hap­pen here over the sum­mer as we move into the win­ter pe­riod?”

The Lums­den Res­i­dency artists – Do­rian Braun and Anna Wolfe-pauly, Ge­orge Ridg­way and In­dia Har­vey – were se­lected on the ba­sis of pro­pos­als about how they would work with chil­dren at the lo­cal school. They were

THE Scot­tish Sculp­ture Work­shop was the idea of Fred Bushe, an artist who saw the po­ten­tial in the build­ing in Lums­den as a place to bring a com­mu­nity of artists to­gether to share their ideas and skills with each other.

Fred was known for his warmth, kind­ness and larger than life en­thu­si­asm, and acted as a men­tor to the many artists who came to work at SSW, along with his artist and teacher wife, Fiona.

He later built a me­tal foundry at the cen­tre, and built up a rep­u­ta­tion for SSW in Scot­land and in­ter­na­tion­ally that con­tin­ues to­day. He is re­garded as one of Scot­land’s best sculp­tors of the late 20th cen­tury, and was elected to the Royal Scot­tish Academy in the 1980s. Fred died in 2009 aged 78.

“The artists were se­lected on the ba­sis of pupils” how they pro­posed to work with

se­lected by staff at SSW as well as the young peo­ple they would be work­ing with, as a way of ty­ing in the res­i­den­cies with lo­cal needs in the area.

“Our lo­cal school has cut down from a two-class school to one class, and spe­cial­ist teach­ers are be­ing cut as well, so there’s less pro­vi­sion, par­tic­u­larly within the arts,” Sam ex­plains. “We set up the Lums­den Res­i­dency as a way of con­nect­ing what we’re do­ing here with the rest of the vil­lage, but also more widely think­ing about our own so­cial prac­tice and how that comes into play in a small, ru­ral vil­lage.”

One of the main aims of the Lums­den Week­ender is to show to the pub­lic what went on dur­ing the res­i­den­cies, when each artist was part-funded to live at SSW and use its fa­cil­i­ties – in­clud­ing the wood and me­tal work­shops, foundry, ce­ram­ics stu­dio and forge – and to col­lab­o­rate and make work with the sup­port of the 

Some works re­quire com­plex electrics Work­ing in the on­site foundry

Artist and sculp­tor Fred Bushe

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