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, and the facilities are available for use by individuals and groups.
Working at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
During September 2020 we are re-introducing access to communal Workshops and Workspaces to all ESW Members. If you have not been inducted into the space which you would like to book please make the booking, noting that you need the induction and also contact us to discuss.
We have gone through a process of assessing each space and facility and will mainly be 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.
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. Please book the session which you would like and mark in the notes that you would need an induction. Especially if you are new to ESW, we encourage you to get in touch in advance to talk through your plans so we can both prepare properly. You can join to become a Member here.
Number of Bookings
So that access can be shared please do not book more than 4 sessions (half days) in any Workshop or Workspace per week. We will monitor and adjust this over time.
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.