Workshops and Workspaces
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop offers a range of shared spaces, specially designed to accommodate contemporary sculptural practice and staffed by a technical team who are practicing artists. Prices are set at an affordable level.
Working at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
We have gone through a process of assessing each space and facility, allocating solo use of the Workshops as this cuts down on the safety variables while we are still so conscious of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of this process we have identified the useful Workspaces around the building which complement the core Workshops and are suitable for other sorts of working. This includes several outside spaces. All of these will be available to book as we develop the booking system which you can access on the sections below.
Workshop bookings can be made by Members who have had been inducted into those spaces or machines by the technicians.
Workspace bookings can be made by Members who have had a general building induction.
To work here you pay a session fee, which gives access to all the shared workspaces. There are additional charges for some of the workshop machinery, for consumables and for workshop services such as training, fork lift use and storage. Details of charges and payments are included in the workshop information and booking process.
When first coming to ESW as a Member you need to have a Building Induction. After this you are able to book and use all spaces in the Workspaces category. There are further inductions needed for specific Workshops (eg Metal, Wood, Plaster and Ceramics) which are carried out the Technicians. We can’t currently do inductions because of the pandemic restrictions but please do contact us if you would like to be inducted in the future. You can join to become a Member here.
Number of Bookings
So that access can be shared please do not book more than 3 sessions (half days) per week. We will monitor and adjust this over time. If you are working to a specific timeline and feel like you would need more time, please speak to the technicians in advance who will try to work with you to find alternatives.
Personal Protective Equipment
Workshop users are asked to bring their own PPE including PPF3 Mask, Eye Protection, Ear Protection, Gloves and Boots. We have a very limited supply and will only hand out disinfected items at start of session if user cannot supply their own. We will provide specialist items, Welding Hoods etc with a specific disinfection protocol before and after session.
COVID-19 and Coming to ESW
Please read fuller information about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and instructions about how to prepare for coming to ESW on our Closure and Reopening page including the Checklist Flow Chart which reflects government guidance. It’s essential that you read this before coming to the building.