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Workshops and Workspaces

Specialist machinery and facilities supported by highly skilled technicians.

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.

Wood Workshop

ESW’s Wood Workshop is a large workshop with access through full hight doors from the Covered Yard and carpark.

There are several work benches for use in conjunction with the fixed equipment including table saw, chop saw, sander and pillar drill.

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Metal Workshop

The Metal Workshop at ESW is accessed from the Covered Yard and includes a series of metal working equipment including: MIG and TIG welders, Plasma Cutter, Cold Saw and Gas Forge.

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Covered Yard - Assembly Bench

This work bench with vice in the Covered Yard open space. This work bench is for people who need to work with wood (or metal) to complete a project but don’t need to use the workshop machines.

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Learning Studio - Assembly Bench and Open Workspace

This workspace is open for booking when the Learning Studio is not in use for projects which can be completed either on the workbench with vice or in the open space (rear half of room). Useful for completing projects when you no longer need direct access to the Wood Workshop machines for example.

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Covered Yard - Stone Zone Central Space

The Stone Zone for small scale stone carving with air tools is ideal for projects where good airflow is necessary. This listing is the central space which has large stone pieces set out on low bankers. Situated in the Covered Yard beside the main gate, it provides easy access for delivery of materials or work. Machine use is limited due to Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s proximity to residential areas.

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Covered Yard - Stone and Metal Work Wall Space

This bench space is ideal for small scale stone carving and metal finishing work with air tools where good airflow is necessary. This listing is the space against the wall with higher bankers. Situated in the Covered Yard beside the main gate, it provides easy access for delivery of materials or work. Machine use is limited due to Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s proximity to residential areas.

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Courtyard Bays South and North Sides- Workspace

Open air but under cover, these individual bays are ideal workspaces. There are 3 bays on the North Side of the Courtyard (nearest Cafe MILK) and two bays are on the South Side of the Courtyard (left hand side, near the cycle path). Each has either a large worktable or a wooden banker. 1 bay per person, space allocated when you get your fob from reception.

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Plaster Workshop

This space has a large worktable suitable for working with plaster and associated mould making. There is a large sink with plaster trap.on hand building and sculpting with ceramics.

Same room, but separated from, the Ceramic Workshop.

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Ceramic Workshop

This space has a large worktable suitable for working on hand building and sculpting with ceramics.

Kiln Firings will be bookable by October, for Members.

Same room, but separated from, the Plaster Workshop.

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Foundry and Mould Making Space

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop has foundry facilities for small to medium scale casting designed to assist artists in their research and professional development. Casting workshops are advertised throughout the year and it’s also possible to have an induction or training then work in the dedicated Mould Making Space.

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Touch Screen Toshiba PC Workspace - Research Space

This PC is available for working online and is located on a desk in the Research Space.

This facility will be available to book in October.

IMac Workspace

iMac with Adobe software, photo editing software, sound and film editing software and 123D Design.

This facility will be available to book in October.



Minimum booking time is a Session (a half day).

These times include set up and clean up. There are additional special cleaning routines in place at the start and end of each session due to COVID-19. All users are responsible for cleaning their workspace, including machine handles, before and after their session. The ESW Team are also doing additional cleaning.

Morning Session: 9:30am – 12.45pm
Afternoon Session:
1:30pm – 4.45pm

It’s important to arrive at the start time of your booking. Please come to the large carpark gates to the Covered Yard and the Technician on duty will help you to sign in and go to your designated Workshop or Workspace. The doors will then be closed and the Technician will be working elsewhere.

Technical Support

Please put as much information into the booking process as possible as this will help us both prepare for your booking. Technicians will always be present if you have a booking in the Workshops but interactions should be kept to a minimum because of observing physical distancing guidance. That’s why working things out in advance is really important and this can happen on the phone as well as through the booking process. If you want to speak on the phone please include your contact information.

You will need to book time with a technician if you need dedicated assistance. Support outside of these times can often be arranged in advance, and is organised directly with the technicians (subject to availability and government guidelines). Once we are able to move into providing inductions to new users and one to one technical training we will have this type of session available to book online also.


Charges & Payment Terms

Payment is made at reception before the start of the session.
Non-member rates are double the member rates.

SessionMember Rates
Session Fee£5.00 (£3.75 Concession)

Eligibility for Concession: Senior, Student, Graduates (graduated within the last 3 Years), Unemployed

All prices include VAT at the current rate.

Named User Equipment Charges per Session

The booking system enables you to prebook and prepay for machine use at the same time as you book your session. If you need to pay for any consumable items during your visit you will be instructed how to do so on the day. These pieces of equipment are called Named User Equipment because each person who uses those pieces of equipment must go through specific safety induction for each piece before booking or using them.

Other Services and Charges

Forklift – £5.00 per 15 minutes

Storage – £12.00 per month per pallet

Lockers – a range of sizes is available

Training & Fabrication

We hope that we will be able to resume one to one training and other activity in the autumn.

Skills Training – £30.00 per hour

Consultancy – first hour is free, £30.00 per hour

Fabrication Costs– base rate of £30.00 per hour

All prices include VAT at the current rate.