LSW is the first London based, not-for-profit, community interest based company offering facilities for those interested in making 3D work.
Founded in 2012 by artists Jessica Mello and Giles Corby the London Sculpture Workshop (LSW) is the first London based, not-for-profit, community interest based company offering facilities for artists and those interested in making work in 3D.
They provide well equipped metal and wood workshops, facilities for mould making and ceramics and have a range of hand-tools. Open five and a half days a week they operate a ‘pay as you go’ open access membership scheme which, following an initial induction, allows members access to the facilities under the supervision of a studio manager. Members can pay an annual fee and then per half day session, or for one off day access. They offer reduced rate access to Artquest users and final year students
Over 2,500 of their 15,000 sq ft space is available as flexible working space making the production of large scale work possible and they also offer fabrication services. Workshop users are expected to be competent enough to work independently once inducted, however they do offer 1-2-1- technical support (charged at an hourly rate) and run a regular programme of specialist short courses in a range of processes including welding, mouldmaking and metal casting.
They are based in the Bermondsey Project, a unique (but temporary) arts hub in South East London. Set up in 2010 by the homelessness charity Crisis in partnership with studio and arts education provider Bow Arts, it expanded to provide a base for LSW, London Community Furniture, over 140 artists studios, a gallery and cinema and Crisis Skylight Bermondsey, an arts and vocational college for ex homeless people and LSW offers Crisis service users access to a specially tailored educational programme. The Bermondsey Project site will be redeveloped in 2015.
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