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...

Call out to artists, and artist practitioners who are based within the DD post code area



Application Deadline Friday 24th February 2023, midnight

About the project

Every year Hospitalfield commissions an artist to work with two schools that are within walking distance of our front door.

The project brings over 400 children to work together on a major creative endeavour that celebrates the graduation of the older children moving on to secondary school. The  two schools are separated by a busy road but they all come from the same community. The children work with an artist and they create something different every years that fosters a sense of pride of place, amongst the young people who are growing up in Arbroath.

Over the years we have worked with artists, choreographers, musicians and illustrators including:

Pester + Rossi, Holly White, Mark Bleakley & Katie Miller, Sally Hackett and Zoe Gibson. More information about each of the previous editions of the Children’s Procession/Project can be found on here: Children’s Procession – Hospitalfield

Over 2021 and 2022 the project changed in response to covid rules that made it more difficult to bring the schools together.  From processions and performance to sculpture: each year as the project grows, we work with artists to develop projects that have their own visual identity, impact and structure. We hope to maintain a spirit of activism and support young people to claim space physically, audibly, and visibly.

Hospitalfield’s 2023 programme is centred around the theme of Light and Time in response to the sculptures Big Time by artist Emma Hart and the sun dials built into the architecture of Hospitalfield House and the Mortuary chapel building.

For this year’s Children’s Graduation Project hope to commission an artist whose starting point is ‘stitching’ in a broad sense (across disciplines/materials) present in their methods, material and practice. There is a long tradition of community stitching in Arbroath which we can support the selected artist in learning about and connecting their ideas to.

What will the lead artist be expected to undertake?
We are looking for an artist (or collective/collaborating artists) to plan, design and implement 2023’s Children’s Graduation Project. Working with pupils and teaching staff from our local primary schools Timmergreens and Muirfield, in conversation with Hospitalfield.

Artist (or collective/collaborating artists) need to be able to work with pupils and teaching staff to ensure pupils can engage with themes, their work. 

Applicants should be committed to working with Hospitalfield to devise and deliver the Children’s Graduation Procession around themes discussed.

Due to the scale of the project, and time taken to make the outcome, we advise that artist(s) appointed work in a group of more than one to deliver and facilitate practical workshops.

Based on the work we are currently undertaking to restore the 19th and 20th century artist studios at Hospitalfield, the selected artist (s) will be using the rooms in the House and outdoor spaces at Hospitalfield in order to prepare for workshops and make outcomes. 

We have stipulated that artists should be based within the DD area as we see this as an important opportunity within the arts ecology of the region. We also prefer to keep the cost and impact of travel to a minimum where we can within our progamme. We understand that even within the region travel might be costly or difficult so, if required, accommodation is available at Hospitalfield.

This opportunity is open to:

- Artists/Practitioners living and working in the DD Postcode district in Scotland.

- Practitioners working across disciplines Artists, Artist Educators, Dancers, Musicians for example.

- Artist/practitioners working alone or in collaboration/as part of a collective.

If you have any access requirements or questions that you’d like to share with us ahead of your application, please get in touch as soon as possible at info@hospitalfield.org.uk or by calling us on 01241 656124.


You are invited to complete the online form to apply for this role. The application form will include:

- An opportunity to share your response to the project considering this year’s theme. 

- Relevant personal details i.e., access requirements, preferred working practices etc. (Application)

- Examples of your work and of your experience in leading creative projects. (CV/Application)

- Examples of your experience in working on creative projects with young people / school aged children. (CV/Application)


Total budget for Fees £4000 (approx. 16 days work to be split between workshops and production/install) [EM1]  

Budget for materials: £2000 (to be planned and managed in close coordination with the E&V Programme Manager)

Approximate Project Timeline:
February: A call out for applications from eligible artists is by Hospitalfield.
Early March: Hospitalfield will lead interviews with shortlisted artists.
Late March: Site visits with appointed artist(s), advance meeting with teaching staff at Muirfield and Timmergreens where artists present their practice and plans for working with the pupils. [Date subject to diaries]
02 – 26 May: Project work with Schools [Exact schedules to be determined]
05 June – 14 June: Install and production.
w/c 12 June: Children’s Graduation Project Public element.

      [EM1]Budget example from 2022 for reference
Artist’s fee for 14 half day workshops£1,960.00
Artist fee for production, install & previews £2,000.00
Travel & Accommodation
Technical Assistance (install)
Total  £6,910


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***