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Project information

Expanding ESW’s learning & engagement programme.

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop opened a new sculpture centre in June 2012 with unique facilities supporting production, research and learning. The new building will be an important cultural resource for the local community in the north of the city and will be a meeting place for artists and the public

August 2013 - September 2016

Charity information: Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (ESW)

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  • Need


    Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop has a wonderful new facility and because of the quality of the spaces and the facilities on offer there is huge demand for learning activities from local schools and the surrounding community which at present we do not have the resources to accommodate. ESW also wants to establish long-term connections to our local community to encourage a diverse audience and promote open debate and discussion about contemporary arts practice


    ESW's education and engagement programme will offer education participants (individuals, groups, schools) a holistic view of contemporary sculpture - from learning about studio practice through studio visits, to meeting and working with artists in residence, to learning practical skills in the workshops . ESW offers long-term programmes and projects which allow a greater depth of engagement with sculptural processes. Artist projects designed to promote engagement will target diverse audiences.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To promote engagement and offer interesting experiences for our surrounding communities.


    » Curate artist projects focussed on engagement through participation, discussion and the sharing of ideas and knowledge.
    » Develop a programme for secondary school pupils interested in applying to art college which will enable them to develop a portfolio and meet artists.
    » Work with year groups in 2 local schools to introduce them to contemporary sculpture through workshops, studio visits and exhibition tours at ESW.

    What success will look like

    Success will be a change in attitude towards contemporary sculpture which will be evident in the discussions we have with audiences.

  • Impact


    Expanding the learning programme will enable us to build an informed and engaged audience for contemporary visual art and promote access to ESW by a wider audience; offer valuable income-generating and professional development opportunities for artists;
    enable ESW to build a dynamic creative community within the new sculpture centre fostering discussion and debate between artists and audiences around contemporary artistic practice which will in turn support the development of our programme.


    If funding is not secured ESW will not have sufficient resources to support our ambitions to expand the programme and therefore may still not be in a position to accommodate the evident need for our education activities. Additional staffing will be required to ensure we can manage engagement successfully over the long-term.
    Investment is required in digital developments which would support greater engagement and participation.


    Donors to the project will receive an annual report on ESW's work and invitations to events. More detailed reviews on activities can be provided to funders if required. Regular e-newsletters will be issued with news about ESW's programme.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £26,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 Programme Co-ordinator Staff post to manage the engagement programme
      £6,000 Artist Fees Schools workshop facilitators
      £8,000 Materials For the schools workshops to allow a wide-ranging exploration of processes.
  • Background


    ESW is located in Newhaven in the north of the city. It is a largely residential area with 4 schools within walking distance. There are few cultural resources for the local population. ESW is fortunate to have a great deal of positive support for our work already but we would like to play a much greater role in the cultural life of the area.


    Opportunities for learning will build confidence and encourage interest in contemporary visual arts among participants of all ages.
    Artists will benefit through opportunities to develop their careers and participation in discussions about contemporary practice with a range of audiences and users.
    An expanded education programme will enable ESW to establish long-term working relationships with local schools, communities and partner organisations.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    ESW is the only provider of specialist sculpture facilities in the city and surrounding area and is open to artists and public. Our education programmes aim to provide an understanding of sculptural processes and techniques which connect to our main function as a centre for production and research. Through our learning activities we also aim to provide an insight into how artists work in order to foster discussion and networking between the different communities working at or visiting ESW.

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    Debi Banerjee

    Schools Co-ordinator 2013-2014