The first ever Workshops Week happened between 16 and 23 November 2019.
As a group of eleven organisations, Scotland’s Workshops provide the foundation for visual art production in Scotland.
With Workshops Week, the network – which includes an international acclaimed glass centre in rural Caithness, a cutting edge printmaking studio in Dundee and a city centre photography resource in Edinburgh – have launched this new website and celebrate the wealth of activity which takes place within our facilities; encouraging people to engage with what is on offer and celebrate the art created in each of our places.
The specialist skills and facilities provided by group members Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Highland Print Studio, Peacock Visual Arts, Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA), Edinburgh Printmakers, Glasgow Print Studio, Street Level Photoworks, Stills and North Lands Creative, support hundreds of artists and members of the public each week to make creative projects.
The work made by artists in our glass kilns, dark rooms and casting workshops travels across the globe, earning Scotland it’s high profile within international forums for contemporary visual art.
The learning experienced by children, young people and adults through evening classes, youth programmes and schools engagement, has an impact individually and within local communities.
Workshops Week seeks to draw attention to the rich and diverse activity happening all year round which underpins contemporary art production in Scotland.
This 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, which is recognised as unique to this country.
We 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.
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.
Amanda Catto, Head of Arts at Creative Scotland
Read more about all the events which happened on our individual websites or follow this link for our Workshops Week Activity List…