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 art 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...
Echo in the Dark is a forthcoming music and performance project by artist, musician and vocalist Hanna Tuulikki that explores the interconnections of raving and bat echolocating as a model for ecological coexistence. Tuning into more-than-human rhythms and frequencies, the beats and melodies of the music are made entirely from recordings of bat echolocation calls fused with the sounds of Tuulikki’s voice. Conceived as a love letter to dance music, Echo in the Dark will culminate in a series of ‘silent’ bat raves taking place at Hospitalfield on the 8th, 9th and 10th September.
Tuulikki is currently developing this new sound and performance work with musician / producer Tommy Perman and movement director / choreographer Will Dickie.
We are seeking confident movers with an enthusiasm for participatory live events to work with movement director Will Dickie in developing the choreography. We are looking for performers who have experience working in live art, performance and/or dance contexts. We are open to any body shape, and do not expect performers to be trained dancers. Instead, we are looking for people who love ‘raving’ and moving with people in a club environment.
The choreography will involve moving to electronic dance music created from bat echolocation calls and the human voice, using a simple vocabulary that can be shared with members of the audience. The dancers will act as ‘guides’, leading the audience on a journey through the work, directing attention to different sonic and visual aspects of the human-bat hybrid ‘world’. We anticipate that movers will have experience of working with people and/or facilitation.
To be considered please give to us in this form:
- A copy of your CV (including experience of participatory dance work or facilitation)
- Location where you’re based (we are prioritising working with practitioners in the tayside region)
- Video examples of your work (optional, but encouraged)
Please submit information via submittable by Monday 30 May at 5pm.
We will be reviewing submissions prior to this date as they arrive so please submit asap.
Total fee of £1580 to cover
Development of work, rehearsal and performances
Travel, sustenance and accommodation (if applicable) will be provided by Hospitalfield.
15 – 17 June 2022 at Hospitalfield
25 – 29 July 2022 at Hospitalfield
6 – 10 September 2022 at Hospitalfield
Echo in the Dark is a project commissioned by Hospitalfield with support from Creative Scotland and the National Heritage Lottery Fund.
Hanna Tuulikki, is an artist, composer and performer based in Glasgow. Her practice spans performance, film and multi-channel audio-visual installation, blending together vocal music, choreography, costume and drawing. Her multi-disciplinary projects investigate the ways in which the body communicates beyond and before words, to tell stories through imitation, vocalisation and gesture. Often exploring music and movement traditions across cultures, she is particularly interested in how bodily relationships and folk histories are encoded within specific environments and places.
Current and forthcoming exhibitions include British Art Show 9 (2021-22) and a major presentation at the Sydney Biennale (2022). She was Magnetic North Theatre’s first Artist Attachment supported by Jerwood Arts (2017-19) and was shortlisted for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women (2019).
Her critically acclaimed work has been commissioned and presented by organisations across visual, musical and performing arts in the UK, Europe, USA, India and Australia. Recent multi-artform projects include Under Forest Cover (2021) commissioned by Helsinki Biennial (2021), Deer Dancer (2019/2021); cloud-cuckoo-island (2016); SOURCEMOUTH : LIQUIDBODY commissioned by Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2016); SING SIGN: a close duet commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival (2015); Women of the Hill commissioned by ATLAS (2015); Away with the Birds commissioned for Glasgow 2014’s Cultural Programme and the SPACE (2014-2015). Her musical compositions have been commissioned and presented by Scottish Sculpture Workshop, BBC Radio 4, Capella Nova choir, Tectonics Festival and Red Note Ensemble. She won a Scottish Award for New Music in Sonic Arts (2017) and was twice shortlisted for a British Composer Award (2015, 2017).
Will Dickie is a maker working across dance, theatre & live art, motivated by the richness & value of audience experience. Using body, autobiography & place, he creates soulful performances for site & stage. He has dedicated 15+ yrs to performer training including time in India, Australia & Europe with key practitioners. He collaborates internationally & facilitates young, professional & disabled artists.
He is a self-produced independent performance maker, whose works receive nationwide support including Battersea Arts Centre, Heartnsoul & Arts Council England; touring to 40 different UK venues including Southbank Centre, In Between Time & Latitude Festival. In 2020 his work made its international debut at The Blue Room Theatre, Perth - West Australia's home for independent performance. The focus of his work is to apply his performance knowledge to create live experiences for audiences that feel both accessible & exhilarating. His works include WHITE SUN (2022), CANNING TOWN (2020), THE RAVE SPACE (2019) & TEAM OF THE DECADES (2017)
Hospitalfield is an artists’ house in Arbroath on the east coast of Scotland runs a highly regarded programme of residencies, commissions and events that focus on contemporary art and ideas alongside a programme that links to the 19th century historic collections and archives. The vision of the 19th century Scottish artist Patrick Allan Fraser, Hospitalfield is one of Scotland’s most important Art and Crafts houses. In 1902 the house was left in Trust and was established as an art college and then post graduate art school. The story of Hospitalfield is tightly bound to the story of Scottish art history through the art college and the fellowships and residencies that took place throughout the 20th century which included artists such as James Cowie, Joan Eardley and many other familiar names within Scottish modernism. Today Hospitalfield’s cultural programme, designed for a wide range of audiences and working between the heritage narratives of the site and contemporary cultural programming, is anchored in the visual arts yet encourages interdisciplinarity. We maintain strong national and international working partnerships with the aim of making Hospitalfield a meeting place and cultural catalyst in the working lives of artists and creative professionals in Scotland and far beyond.
Call for applications
Studio space at The Old Courthouse Building, High Street, Arbroath
If you are an artist based in the DD post code area – thanks to our partnership with the Arbroath Courthouse Community Trust, Hospitalfield is launching a new Studio Residency based in the heart of Arbroath town centre.
The intention is to provide artists with studio space from June to October, working amongst a community of artists, forming connections with artists practicing in national and international contexts, with support from Hospitalfield staff.
There are up to 4 places on each of the programmes – please apply for dates that suit you best at a time when you can make best use of a studio available from 8am to 12 midnight.
Studio Residency Dates
20 June - 22 August: Studio Residency One
31 August – 31 October: Studio Residency Two
The Old Law Courts building is a wonderful asset in the High Street of Arbroath and we are very grateful to the Old Courthouse Community Trust for working with us to make this opportunity possible at a time when Hospitalfield is restoring the historic artists studios.
– Advisory support from Hospitalfield staff
– 8am - 12pm studio access
– Opportunity to engage with artists participating in the Interdisciplinary and Flexible Residency Programme at Hospitalfield
– Selected artists will be invited to lunches and dinners with Interdisciplinary and Flexible residency artists.
– Introduction to the Hospitalfield’s ever-expanding network
**Please note that we are not providing residential accommodation in this opportunity.
Over the duration of the residency new groups of artists will travel to Arbroath to participate in the Interdisciplinary and Flexible Programme at Hospitalfield. The DD Studio Artists will be given the options of how they could join this programme, they could simply be using the studios, they could join for crits or they can participate in meals. We understand that artists will have other commitments so they can choose the level at which they would like to participate in each programme.
Applications are invited from artists in the DD postcode 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.
Situated just to the south of the rural coastal town of Arbroath, Hospitalfield is an artists’ house. It is a place of ideas that merges the conventions of the museum and the academy and interprets these models for this point in time. Hospitalfield is focused on its goals: to help artists, and our programmes adapt to the changing requirements of artists in this ever-changing environment.
The Old Courthouse Building on Arbroath High Street is a large former municipal building which was transferred through a community asset transfer to the Arbroath Courthouse Community Trust in 2021 to become a multipurpose community centre.
We discourage applications that respond directly to Hospitalfield's site.
Deadline: Monday 30 May at Midnight
Eligibility: Artists based in the DD postcode region (this includes Angus and Dundee) over the age of 18 and not currently enrolled in formal education. The emphasis is on supporting artists based in the Angus and Dundee regions.
Access: The Studios in the Arbroath Courthouse are based on the second floor of the building. There is both stair and lift access.
There is room on the application form for you to note any mobility or health concerns that you would like us to be aware of. We also ask that you fill in dietary requirements or allergies.
Deadline: Friday 8th February 2019, midnight
Residency Period: 8 July 2019–4 August 2019
Eligibility: UK and UK-based visual artists
Places: 6 - receive £1000 Research & Development Bursary
Information about the Residency Programme at Hospitalfield:
The Summer Residency is a funded programme with 6 places available for UK or UK-based visual artists.
Selected artists receive a Research & Development Bursary that supports them whilst they are working away from their home base.
Artists are invited to submit an application that describes a project, or their focus of work, whilst they are a participant in the programme.
This residency includes: Programme of visits and discussion; full board catering; 24 hours access to studio space.
Students are not eligible to apply to this residency (this means that if you are still studying at the point of the deadline you can't make an application, please apply in the future and join our mailing list to hear about other residency news and deadlines including our Graduate Residency).
It's really important that residents are able to commit to the entire residency period to provide consistency for the group and to make sure you can immerse yourself in the situation and your work.
*** After reading about our programmes please decide which is most appropriate for your project. Please don’t apply for both the Summer and Autumn Residencies***