Open call for the alumni residency in Scotland 2022

Artists who work with sculptural methods or material processes can apply for the programme.

Felicity Crawshaw 'SSW is 40! (2019). Photo: Felicity Crawshaw. Image courtesy: Scottish Sculpture Workshop

In 2021, the Uniarts Helsinki´s Academy of Fine Arts in partnership with Saastamoinen Foundation and in collaboration with Cove Park and Scottish Sculpture Workshop launched a new artists’ residency programme in Scotland. The program named Ecologies in the Making: Sculpting Futures focuses on making practices in a time of climate breakdown. The programme invites applications from those who are already exploring ecologies of making and from those who wish to (re)focus or build relationships with the more-than-human in our warming world. The aim is to support artists to research and develop ecological methods and contexts for their artistic practice.

MFA or DFA alumni of the Academy of Fine Arts who work with sculptural methods or material processes can apply for the programme. Applications are welcome from graduates at any stage in their career. The residency is divided into two separate yet interconnected periods to allow for two distinct areas of development; the first two-month residency will take place at Cove Park in Argyll and Bute, and the second two-month residency at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Aberdeenshire. The residency is scheduled for autumn 2022 and the open call ends 30 January 2022.

The selected artist will live and work at Cove Park from mid-August to early October 2022. Cove Park is located in rural Argyll on the west coast of Scotland, one hour north of Glasgow. The residency includes self-contained accommodation units, studios and communal facilities. 

The second half of the residency will take place at Scottish Sculpture Workshop in the village of Lumsden in north-east Scotland from October until early December 2022. The artist will have access to SSW’s workshops supported by expert technicians, including foundry, forge, wood, metal, cold casting and ceramics. Self-catering accommodation and flexible workspace in SSW’s open plan studio are included in the residency. 

Both organisations host artists from all art forms with residency programmes running throughout the year. Cove Park and SSW will provide the selected artist with curatorial and logistical support, and connect them with their communities, locally and nationally. Cove Park has a close relationship with the Glasgow School of Art, so the artist will be able to benefit from further support and connection from the Department of Sculpture & Environmental Art.

Application and scholarship

Alumni of the Academy of Fine Arts who have completed a master’s or doctoral degree from the current Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki or an equivalent degree from its predecessor institutions can apply for the residency. Funding from the Saastamoinen Foundation covers the artist’s fee, travel, materials and residency cost in both organisations for a total of four months. An additional access budget is offered to support artists with access support needs or caregiving responsibilities to participate in the residency. 

How to apply

Please apply for this residency via email, to The deadline for applications is 30 January by midnight (24:00) Finnish time. Please see the detailed guidelines on how to apply in the application pack. 

All applications will be reviewed by a panel, consisting of members from Uniarts Helsinki, Cove Park, SSW and Glasgow School of Art who will create a shortlist of applicants. The final decision will be made by Cove Park and Scottish Sculpture Workshop. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by February 14th 2022. We will offer short overview feedback based on the decision-making framework when requested by the applicant by the end of February 2022.

Further information

For further information about the organisations and the residency programme, please contact:

Cove Park
Alexia Holt, Acting Director / Senior Director of Programmes

Scottish Sculpture Workshop
Sam Trotman, Director

For further information about the open call, application process and the grant, please contact:

Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts
Sade Kahra, Project Manager, International incubators in Fine Arts