We aim for time spent at Hospitalfield to act as a step change in the evolution of an artist’s work.

The residency programme at Hospitalfield provides opportunities for visual artists, filmmakers, writers and other cultural practitioners to focus on the development of a specific idea, project or the development of new work.

It is a context in which participants can work independently or collaboratively. Selectors are looking for applicants that can demonstrate clearly what their project or focus for the residency will be.

Please note that currently:-

  • The funded residency programmes are devised for those developing their working lives within the scope of contemporary visual art practice.
  • The Interdisciplinary Programme is a programme that welcomes applications from a wide range of cultural practitioners.
  • The Graduate programme invites applications from both art and design courses.
  • We work with partners to devise and run other specialist residency programmes throughout the year.


Applications are invited from artists who have a specific project or period of work to focus on and for whom this time will be invaluable. We expect that applicants will have had a formal training or similar and will be developing projects and new work for public exhibition or developing their research with some form of future public outcome in mind. The programmes are structured for individuals working at a range of points in their career. Each has a specific focus, the Interdisciplinary Programme for example aiming to cultivate a group which has the broadest range of practices. Selectors will consider the application statements with care and in accordance with the aims of each of the programmes. We do not expect to do interviews so will select from the applications.  ​

Participants in the programme live and work in the house, studios, gardens and courtyards of the estate. The location overlooking the North Sea gives a feeling of isolation and is an extremely peaceful place to work however, once off the threshold of the estate the reality is that Hospitalfield is a part of the small fishing town of Arbroath and within walking distance of useful amenities. Arbroath station is on the east coast train line running from London to Aberdeen and the direct trains to all of the main Scottish cities. The long daylight hours in the spring and summer, beautiful coast line and high percentage of sunshine hours defines this part of Scotland.

Selectors for the residency programmes at Hospitalfield are looking for applicants that can demonstrate clearly what their project or focus for the residency is and what they anticipate the potential that this setting will offer them and the progression of their work.

To read more about Hospitalfield's Residency Programme please visit our website...

Close to Hospitalfield’s 20th century history, the Graduate Programme brings together a group of recent art graduates from Scotland for a two-week residency which enables the participants to make new work, new connections between approaches and a new network with which to build their own opportunities and support systems. 

This residency includes: Programme of support, visits and discussion; Full board catering; 24 hour access to studio space.

There are 12 places available on this programme.


Claire Craig, Curator, Travelling Gallery.

Fiona Robertson, Head of Culture and Community Development at Perth and Kinross Council.

Submission Deadline: Monday 9 July, midnight

Dates: 4 September – 2 October 2018

Eligibility: UK and Ireland based visual artists 

Artist Fee: £1000

Production Budget: £500 

Travel Budget: £200 (within Angus and Tayside)

Selectors: Annie Crabtree, Volunteer Coordinator and responsible for Meander Project and Laura Simpson, Programme Manager at Hospitalfield.

Information about the Residency Programme at Hospitalfield:


Information about the Meander project at Hospitalfield:



Meander Residency – context

Walking is inherently political – whether as an individual body or collective of bodies, walking has manifested in everyday rhythms to extreme acts that have shaped society. From embodiment of dissent through protest; an act of pilgrimage; sustained walking as demonstration and awareness raising; as a means of recovery and regaining health and wellbeing; as a way to reclaim space – walking has a long history filled with cultural, religious and political significance. What does it mean to reflect on walking in 2018? Hospitalfield invite proposals in response to the theme of walking and mapping, contextualised within the Angus region and its walking groups.

Dedicated to contemporary art and ideas, Hospitalfield is a place to work, study, learn, visit and enjoy. Hospitalfield has been an artist’s house since the mid-19th century and today we have several main guiding priorities; the continuing support of artists through our residency and commissions programmes and the focus on audiences and accessibility through our arts, schools, community, volunteer and learning activity. This is made possible through raising funds from public agencies and trusts and foundation and also through business of hires. 

Over the past 12 months Hospitalfield has been cultivating the Meander initiative - a project that connects Hospitalfield to local landscapes through walking. Supported by Paths for All and NHS Tayside Community Innovation Fund, Meander links with Angus walking groups situated across the region that promote walking for wellbeing and health.

Angus is a region in the North East of Scotland. Characterised by its rurality and coastal landscapes, Angus is known for farming, food production, and its historical significance in the formation of modern day Scotland with the signing of the declaration of Arbroath that marked Scotland as an independent nation. Hospitalfield is situated in its largest town, Arbroath. 

Purpose of Residency

The artist selected will undertake a residency at Hospitalfield and be active across the Angus region to connect and work with the walking groups. The purpose of this residency is to geographically connect the disparate walking groups across the region, picturing the spread of activity in Angus. Applicants are invited to respond to walking from a number of different perspectives – for example, considering walking in the context of geopolitics, health, the body, rurality, place, or culture. The selected artist would be expected to interact with the walking groups during the residency period, with the option of having an outcome / point of reflection at the end of the residency or at a later date in 2018. How this project will take place and what form it will manifest in is up for interpretation by the selected artist, with support from Hospitalfield to realise the project.

Support from Hospitalfield

Fee and budget as specified above.

Hospitalfield will provide connections and introductions to Angus communities and walking groups, alongside hospitality at Hospitalfield House including meals and accommodation during the residency. The selected artist will join the collegiate of 6 other artists on the Autumn Residency at Hospitalfield. Hospitalfield staff will support development and production of the project. 

Skills & Experience

· Drivers Licence.

· Ability to show evidence of past project or research relating to the themes outlined above.

· At least 2-5 years’ experience as an artist.

· Good communication and people skills.

· Prior experience working with community groups / in socially engaged practice.