Granite Festival & Sean Lynch

Last month we celebrated the history of granite at Aberdeen City’s Granite Festival 2013. Throughout the month of July, we were fortunate enough to have Sean Lynch in residence at SSW. Working between Lumsden and Aberdeen, Lynch compiled a unique research project on the Granite City, welcoming the public into an alternative world of history and effortless storytelling. Lynch’s Walk and Talk programme, running throughout the last week in July, was an insightful take on the overwhelming presence of granite in Aberdeen. Lynch also gave an Artist’s Presentation at Number Seventeen in Aberdeen, offering the public the chance to learn more about his previous projects, including his work on the DeLorean car. To find out more about Sean Lynch and his research, please visit


Concluding SSW’s involvement at the Granite Festival was Tartan Day! Based in the St Nicholas Kirkyard, SSW, A & J Robertson (Granite) Ltd and Fyfe Glen Rock prepared a feast of demonstrative and participatory activities for all the family. Senior Technician Eden Jolly and Technician Luke Twigger were on hand to assist the public in granite and sandstone block splitting, whilst the rest of the SSW team chatted to people about the importance of granite as a making material. In highlighting the Scottish Sculpture Open and Granite Symposiums organised by SSW throughout the 1980’s and 90’s, it was a great day to reflect on the processes involved in making some of Aberdeenshire’s most iconic and monumental sculptures. It was an amazing opportunity for SSW staff too, as we had some interesting conversations with people involved in the granite industry. Thanks go to A & J Robertson (Granite) Ltd, who provided some intricate letter carving demonstrations, as well as Fyfe Glen Rock, who presented the public with various granite polishing techniques. Tartan Day was a great success, and we enjoyed a great turn out and a stunningly sunny day! SSW look forward to seeing you at the next Granite Festival!


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