Scotland's Workshops


6 November 2019

DCA is proud to be part of Scotland’s Workshops, a network of extraordinary spaces for making art. 

From sculpture to printmaking, photography and glassmaking, the 11 organisations that make up Scotland’s Workshops have a huge amount of experience built up over decades since their creation began in the 1960s. They represent the very practical reality of artistic production in Scotland. The workshops each specialise in particular art processes and provide in-house expertise and equipment to help enable art makers at all stages of ability and allow artists to realise their craft.

"Scotland’s Workshops, a network of extraordinary spaces for making art."

The geographic reach of the network spans six local authorities in Scotland, from the Central Belt to Inverness and Lybster in the North, reflecting the making of art that happens right across the land. The eleven organisations are: 

  • Printmaking – Highland Print Studio Inverness, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Edinburgh Printmakers, Glasgow Print Studio, Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen
  • Sculpture – Scottish Sculpture Workshops in Lumsden, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
  • Glassmaking – North Lands Creative in Lybster
  • Photography – Stills Gallery in Edinburgh and Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow

To launch Scotland's Workshops, we're celebrating with #WorkshopsWeek, launching the website and shouting about the wealth of activity which takes place within their facilities; encouraging people to engage with what we, and the ten other fantastic locations, offer and to celebrate the art created in each place. #WorkshopsWeek seeks to draw attention to the rich and diverse activity happening all year round which underpins contemporary art production in Scotland. The Scotland's Workshops network has come out of a very particular history of committed artist-led activity, ambitious organisational development and strategic governmental support, creating an extraordinary resource, unique to this country. 

"Dundee Contemporary Arts is delighted to be taking part in #WorkshopsWeek, showcasing the outstanding creative activity that takes place every day in our state of the art Print Studio"

The group are all independent organisations with different approaches, but share key values of openness, collaboration and exceptional support. All of Scotland’s Workshops are part of Creative Scotland’s portfolio of Regularly Funded Organisations.

Amanda Catto, Head of Arts at Creative Scotland said: Scotland is home to a remarkable network of production facilities that supports the development of world-class work in sculpture, print and photography.  With expert staff on hand and access to specialist tools and equipment they welcome and support everybody on their creative journey, from experienced artists through to absolute beginners. Individually and collectively, Scotland’s Workshops make a significant contribution to the country’s reputation as an international centre for artistic and creative excellence. Workshops Week will throw a spotlight on these unique resources, encouraging more people to discover, and to experience first-hand, these extraordinary spaces for making, sharing and learning about art today.

Director of DCA, Beth Bate, said: Dundee Contemporary Arts is delighted to be taking part in #WorkshopsWeek, showcasing the outstanding creative activity that takes place every day in our state of the art Print Studio. This week will include tours, introductory courses, digital techniques and traditional printmaking skills, including shadowgraphs, laser-cutting and photo editing. We're looking forward to welcoming everyone into the Print Studio for a taste of what we do.

Laura Simpson, Director of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop said: During Workshops Week we will be hosting 120 Primary School children starting a whole year of making sessions in our Education Space; while 48 adults attend specialist evening classes in our workshops; and 39 artists work on long term projects within our studio spaces; each of those individuals is as extraordinary as the facilities we provide.

Edinburgh Printmakers CEO, Shân Edwards, said: We are excited to be part of Scotland's first Workshops Week. Since Edinburgh Printmakers opened in our new home at Castle Mills we have welcomed hundreds of creative people of all abilities and ages to our studio and workshop spaces.  As the first open access print studio in Britain we look forward to welcoming many more visitors kicking off with our very own Open Day on 16th November. This is a chance for everyone to have a go and discover the magic of printmaking.

North Lands Creative Director, Karen Philips said: Glass is a wonderful tactile medium and our calendar of events in November will allow people to experience first-hand what an exciting material it is to work with. North Lands Creative has a reputation worldwide as Europe’s leading centre of excellence for artistic glass education and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase this to the Caithness community.

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