Case Study: Staff Engagement – Scottish Sculpture Workshop

15th June 2015

Beckett Garbage

As part of their residency programme, SSW have been working with artists Jonathan Baxter and Sarah Gittins to develop creative signage and advice for reducing their environmental impact.

As some of the work produced during their part-time residency at the Scottish Sculpture workshop in Aberdeenshire, and their project ‘When the Future Was Now’, the artists reflected upon sustainability within the organisation and in the surrounding Lumsden community.

Whereas many organisations aim to engage their staff members in sustainability issues, more and more are using creativity as a method to promote heightened engagement with environmental initiatives, well as being a element in their artistic and cultural pursuits!

Baxter and Gittins created a series of images inspired by the ethos and works of Samuel Beckett and Mierle Ukeles, using their fascination with the minutiae of the everyday and proposing a more avant-garde approach to pro-environmental behaviour.

Nuno Sacramento, Director of the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, identified the new creations as distinct from previous pro-environmental behaviour signage: “The signs are a fantastic way of reminding people – in a poetic rather than evangelical way – that most of their day-to-day actions have an environmental impact.”

To see the full catalogue of images, and to read more about the project, click here.


The Scottish Sculpture Workshop provides residencies, training and exhibition opportunities for visual artists who wish to research ideas, experiment with new techniques or develop existing skills. They are based in Lumsden, Near Huntly, Aberdeenshire.

You can find out more about the artists here: When the Future Was Now Residency Blog / Jonathan Baxter / Sarah Gittins

 

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