RWS is a diverse artist studios thriving in the industrial and eclectic East Bayside neighborhood of Portland, ME. A dedicated work space, it serves over 75 artists working in various mediums who share equipment, ideas, tools, and support. Bringing together resources and community, our studios help artists reach their independent creative goals. RWS is the home of the the RWS print, clay and wood shops which are dedicated to elevating the work in those mediums practiced by experienced to experimental artists.
"In a city like Portland that prides itself on having a vibrant cultural scene, Running With Scissors enables artists to actually BE artists AND remain in the city. . . . I'm thankful for all they do for our community!"
Ayumi Horie, internationally renowned ceramic artist
facilities & equipment
With over 16,000 sq ft, Running With Scissors has over 50 private work spaces of various sizes, features, rates and amenities, plus common work space, various equipment for print making, wood working, ceramics, computer and design work, exhibition hall, classroom, lounge and more.
RWS artists are diverse in their mediums, artistic goals, backgrounds, ages and experiences. The rich mix creates a culture of sharing, support and cross pollination of ideas and work. RWS artists often work in several mediums and are supported by the access to a wide variety of equipment, tools and information. Open studios occur three times a year in May, October and December and for other special events but artists can be contacted directly any time for a studio visit or you can contact RWS director or staff for a general tour of the space.
Located in the East Bayside, Portland, a richly diverse and elcectic community, RWS neighbors include brewers, bakeries, coffee roasters, alternative art venues, private studios, athletic centers, industrial enterprises, and Maines most diverse ethnic and social economic residential community. RWS is dedicated to thriving in a rapidly changing and growing urban community.
Housed within Running With Scissors, the Clay Center at RWS was created in 2013 at 250 Anderson Street in Portland, Maine. The RWS Clay is committed to providing affordable space to serious clay artists.