Scotland's Workshops Week aims to draw attention to the quality of facilities on offer

Scotland's Workshops Week aims to attention to the quality of the facilities on offer

Dundee Contemporary Arts / credit: Erika Stevenson

We pick some highlights from the programme, which brings together 11 of the country's sculpture workshops, print-making and photography studios

Scotland's reputation in the visual arts is well established, but few people make the connection between international shows and Turner Prize wins and the artists' facilities on the ground where world-class work is made.

That's one of the reasons why 11 of the country's sculpture workshops, print-making and photography studios have got together to form a group called Scotland's Workshops, to draw attention to the quality of the facilities on offer. Plotted on a map, they stretch from the renowned glass workshop at North Lands Creative in Caithness to the wide-ranging facilities in the Central Belt.

The first ever Workshops Week, from Sat 16–Sat 23 November, aims to remind us that each organisation not only supports professional artists but offers courses and activities for all ages, including those who just want to try their hand at a new skill. The programme ranges from drop-in events and beginners workshops to ongoing classes which give an indication of what's on offer all year round. We pick out some highlights of the programme.

Scotland's Workshops Week aims to attention to the quality of the facilities on offer


Hands-on-film: Process and Practice Super 8mm
Stills, Thu 21 Nov, 6–9pm
The easier digital photography becomes, the more photography enthusiasts are drawn back into the darkroom and to experimenting with analogue, hands-on processes. Stills has seen a surge in popularity for Super 8 film training, with people drawn to the unique aesthetic and tactile character of photochemical moving-image film. Employing a DIY, hands-on-approach, this course celebrates the wonderful qualities of film, while questioning 'what are the aesthetic and political reasons artists; continue to make work engaging these methodologies, in a climate of digital prevalence?'

Demonstration of Lampworking for bead making and jewellery with Sally Sutherland
North Lands Creative, Lybster, Sat 23 Nov, 6–8pm
For more than 20 years, world-class glass artists have been gravitating to the North Lands studio in rural Caithness. On the evening of 23 Nov, artist Sally Sutherland will host a free Lampworking demonstration, showing audiences how she creates the lampworked beads that form part of her intricate ornaments and jewellery. There will also be a small sale of works produced by makers in the North Lands Studios.

Scotland's Workshops Week aims to attention to the quality of the facilities on offer

North Lands Creative

Festive Letterpress
Dundee Contemporary Arts, Sat 23 Nov, 11am–6pm, £45 (£35)
Sometimes we need a reminder that DCA is more than a gallery, cinema and restaurant, it's also home to a leading print studio. In this festive-themed workshop, John Easson of Quarto Press explains the basics of letterpress printing, with the chance to make your own seasonal greeting. The workshop includes hand-setting type into a frame, printing using a small table-top press, problem-solving and using illustrations. All materials provided.

Sculpture Club
Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Sat 23 Nov, 1–3pm
Who knew that Glasgow Sculpture Studios at the Whisky Bond, on the Forth and Clyde Canal, is the largest art production facility in Scotland? Or that it runs regular drop-in workshops for children? Sculpture Club is a Saturday workshop which alternates between Woodside Library and the Whisky Bond, offering those aged between 4 and 12 and their grown-ups the chance to be creative, try new things and make new friends. Under 4s can enjoy a midweek session on the first and last Thursdays of the month, 10am–12pm at the Whisky Bond.

Workshops Week runs from Sat 16–Sat 23 Nov, with activities and workshops all over Scotland. For full details of the programme see the Scotland's Workshops website.

A Glasgow Sculpture Studios
The Whisky Bond, Dawson Street, Glasgow, G4 9SS
Located in the Whisky Bond, just by the FIrth of Forth canal, Glasgow Sculpture Studios has been around since 1988. Close to the Royal Conservatoire, the National Theatre of Scotland and Scottish Opera, GSS adds another string to the area's cultural…
B Glasgow Print Studio
Trongate 103, Glasgow, G1 5HD
C Street Level Photoworks
Trongate 103, Glasgow, G1 5HD
Note: Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the gallery is closed from Wed 18 March until further notice.
D Highland Print Studio
20 Bank Street, Inverness, Highland, IV1 1QU
Highland Print Studio is an open access workshop with facilities for printmaking (intaglio, relief, sceenprinting and stone lithography) and digital imaging. Anyone from professional artist to complete beginner can learn to use our facilities. Simply…
E North Lands Creative Glass
Quatre Bras, Lybster, KW3 6BN
F Edinburgh Printmakers
Castle Mills, 1 Dundee Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9FP
Edinburgh Printmakers, is located in Fountainbridge in a former rubber factory and brewery, over 3 floors. The Printmaking space is on the top floor with large sky lights and a wide range of equipment providing for facilities in etching, lithography…
G Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
25 Hawthornvale, Edinburgh, EH6 4JT
On the outskirts of the seaside neighbourhood of Newhaven, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop has 15 studios, as well as wood and metal workshops and project and education spaces. It runs learning and professional development courses ranging from wood, metal…
H Stills
23 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BP
Opened in 1977, Stills was Scotland’s first gallery dedicated to contemporary photography. It has darkroom and digital editing facilities and runs regular courses which help in its aim to support emerging Scottish talent. The gallery regularly…
I Dundee Contemporary Arts
152 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DY
Dundee Contemporary Arts is a major arts hub in Dundee city centre. Located in a much-converted garage, it opened in 1999 and offers multiple facilities: an art gallery with a thriving visual arts programme; a two-screen cinema specialising in classic…
J Scottish Sculpture Workshop
1 Main Street, Lumsden, Aberdeenshire, AB54 4JN
K Peacock Visual Arts
21 Castle Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5BQ
Peacock is the leading contemporary visual arts organisation in Aberdeen and the NE of Scotland, bringing artists and the public together through exhibitions‚ events‚ talks‚ residencies‚ film screenings‚ gigs and workshops to make and present art in…

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