Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop was set up in 1987 by a group of sculptors to provide workspace and support for artists and to promote access to sculpture and visual arts.

From the beginning our key aims were to support artists in their careers and encourage public engagement with the processes involved in sculpture and these aims continue to shape our core programme.

In 2004 we received funding from the Scottish Arts Council National Lottery Awards and the City of Edinburgh Council towards the development of a new build project which will see the first purpose-built open access sculpture facility in the United Kingdom being created on our current site.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Please contact ESW for more details. Opening dependent on exhibitions

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.


  • 31 July — 29 August 2015 *on now

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop presents Thresholds, a collaborative project between the artist Toby Paterson, curator Judith Winter and Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.

Both artist and curator were drawn to develop the project through their personal and professional interest in the founding ethos of Maggie’s Centres, and the idea of exploring a new model of living and working that does not separate art from life. The resultant series of constructed reliefs presented at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop focus on the process of making through direct experiences with people and places, echoing the sensibility of Maggie’s Centres themselves. Brought together in a single exhibition at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop for the duration of the festival, the reliefs will be carefully re-located following the conclusion of the exhibition, one in each of the Maggie's Centres across Scotland. They will exist quietly as a family of ‘things’ specific to each location, but connected through a shared experience.

Paterson works in a variety of forms, from large-scale architectural wall-painting and sculptural assemblages to small paintings and constructions that are informed by the work of international and British constructivists such as Victor Pasmore and Mary Martin. His most recent exhibitions Soft Boundary (The Modern Institute, Glasgow) and An Experiment in Total Environment (DLI) have also evolved through a similarly reciprocal approach.



Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
25 Hawthornvale






0131 551 4490

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