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Photo series: Scottish Sculpture Workshop turns 40

We visited the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden, Huntly, to join with their 40th birthday celebrations - view our selection of photos from this incredible weekend.

Strings of fairy lights illuminated the entrance to the Scottish Sculpture Workshop.

The entrance of Scottish Sculpture Workshop at night - a path with two buildings on either side and a sandwich board in the middle

The sight that awaited upon turning the corner - sparks flying into the night from the iron furnace.

Sparks fly from the iron kiln

Iron poured into moulds in the safe hands of artists from around the world.

People pour the iron into casts and moulds

The flame burned high and bright against the night sky.

The iron kiln flame burns high and bright

The iron was then poured down a wooden frame to ignite the bonfire that would keep us warm and provide a centrepiece to the party.

The iron pours down a wooden frame to ignite the bonfire

SSW x Counterflows artist Letitia Pleiades performs a new score incorporating the use of bells cast at SSW.

A performance with brass bells cast at SSW

Sam, the Director of the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, gives a speech at the celebration.

The Director of SSW gives a speech

A room within the Workshop is decorated with bunting and lights, ready for people to dance into the night.

The Scottish Sculpture Workshop is set up for a party

Sunday's celebrations began with pot-luck breakfast.

Breakfast pot-luck spread out on the table

The foundry at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, prior to a sand casting workshop.

A workshop at SSW

Attendees could also take part in a blacksmithing workshop - the noise of anvils being struck resonated throughout the Workshop's yard.

A blacksmithing workshop

Jesmonite tiles setting in moulds - a more delicate example of the processes taught at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop.

Jesmonite setting in moulds

A four-legged friend of the Scottish Sculpture Workshop.

The Scottish Sculpture Workshop resident dog

Pottery sitting high on a beam, looking over all of the brilliant activities that happen on-site.

Pottery on a roof beam at SSW

Find out more about the Scottish Sculpture Workshop over on their website:

Scottish Sculpture Workshop

You can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

This article was published on 08 Nov 2019