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Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
21 Hawthornvale, Edinburgh EH6 4JT

Tel: +44 (0) 131 551 4490

Contact Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

    January 2021 COVID-19 Update

    Please note that the team is working in an adapted way and for that reason and because of restrictions on health and safety at work in line with the pandemic we cannot host any visitors for tours of the facilities. Collecting materials is the only reason which you can arrange to make a scheduled visit to ESW as described above (aside from independent access by Studio and Project Space Holders). Please don’t come to ESW on spec at this time but we very much look forward to welcoming you in the future.

    More information on our COVID-19 statement page.

    Opening Hours

    Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s offices and workshops are open from 9:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Saturday.

    Our licensed cafe, run by Milk, is open 7 days a week from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

    Getting Here

    There are good public transport links to Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

    Buses: Lothian Buses number 7 runs from North Bridge and number 11 from Princes Street, both to Newhaven Road (Dudley Crescent stop), numbers 10 and 16 run from Tollcross and Princes Street to Lindsay Road (Chancelot Mill stop).
    Skylink Bus number 200 runs from the Airport to Ocean Terminal.

    Bicycle: Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop is located on the Newhaven cycle path which runs behind our site and connects with Hawthornvale. We have bike racks outside Milk Cafe and at the reception entrance on Hawthornvale.

    Car: Free parking is available on site at the workshop level. Access is from Hawthornvale, either from Newhaven Road (which crosses Ferry Road) or by turning onto it from Lindsay Road (opposite Chancelot Mill).

    There are two disabled parking spaces in the car park and for disabled users there is free on-street parking on Hawthornvale, although spaces are usually hard to find.

    Edinburgh Airport is a major international airport and is under 5 hours from London on the train. Glasgow and many areas of central and east Scotland are accessible within 1.5 hours by car or train.


    Access Statement: We intend for ESW to be as accessible as possible and have provided further information below in order to help you prepare for your visit. Please contact us if you would like to ask questions or tell us about your experience using ESW.

    Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop has level access throughout. There is a lift and disabled toilets at café and reception levels. Rolling access is via the cycle path and cafe, or through the main reception from Hawthornvale. ESW is comprised of two buildings, the main Bill Scott Sculpture Centre, which houses the workshops (Level 0), main reception, studios, offices and Research Space (Level 1); and the Creative Laboratories, which houses a project space, outside working space and event and exhibition areas. The cafe is in the centre of these two buildings.

    Parking: There is one Blue Badge parking space in the ESW car park. The carpark located at Workshop level (0) and accessed from Hawthornvale. There is level access from the car park around the side of the building on a compacted gravel path (or on the adjoining cycle path) to Cafe MILK which is in the centre of our buildings.

    Pavement Access: There are pavements on both sides of Hawthornvale, some parts are narrow and cars park on both sides of the street.

    Main Entrance and Reception of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop: The main front door (non-automatic), is on Hawthornvale at pavement level. It is attended by staff during opening hours (Monday to Saturday, 9.30am-5pm and some evenings for courses), and staff can assist with the door. There is an accessible height door bell if needed. For visitors using our workshops, studios, attending courses and events in the Research Space, this is the main entrance and where people sign in and out of the building.

    Courtyard and Creative Laboratories: This low building is the location for many of our public events, exhibitions, artist commissions and weekend drop in workshops, for example on open days and during our summer programme. It can be accessed directly from the cycle path or by using the steps down from Hawthornvale or rolling access from Hawthornvale, via ESW’s carpark at the east of the building. This is also where Cafe MILK is located.

    Accessible Toilets: There are two toilets for wheelchair users, one located one Level 1, along the corridor from ESW’s street-level entrance; and the other at Level 0, beside Cafe MILK. All our toilets are gender neutral and the accessible toilets have baby changing tables.

    Lift and Ramps: There is a large lift between the three floors of the Bill Scott Sculpture Centre. The Creative Laboratories building has level access or ramps throughout.

    Flooring: The interior floors are all painted, smooth concrete, the Courtyard is also concrete.

    Sound: Some parts of ESW are quiet workspaces and others, for example the workshops, have high levels of sound (ear protection can be provided). Cafe MILK plays background music and can be noisy when there are lots of visitors.

    Lighting: Light levels vary across the building but most spaces are lit by a mix of daylight and overhead bulb lighting.

    Assistance Dogs: Are welcome at ESW.

    Large Print Information: If you require a large print information please contact us or ask at reception.

    For more access information please visit the Euan’s Guide website (external link)

    If you have any special needs or access requirements or if you want to know more about getting here
    call us on 0131 551 4490