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...

Deadline: Monday 1 July 2019, midday (GMT)
Residency Period: 2 - 28 September 2019
Eligibility: DE and DE-based
Practice: we invite applications from contemporary art practitioners where writing and/or curating forms a core part of their practice
Places: 1 funded residency
Selector: Tessa Giblin, Director, Talbot Rice Gallery

We are delighted to offer this new residency opportunity, open to art practitioners working in or from Germany, with the support of the Goethe-Institut Glasgow.

Information about the Residency Programme at Hospitalfield: http://hospitalfield.org.uk/residencies/

Dedicated to contemporary art and ideas, Hospitalfield is an artists' house where people come to work, study, learn, visit and enjoy.

The Autumn Residency at Hospitalfield in Scotland is a funded residency programme to support artists. 6 UK visual artists have already been selected to be part of the residency. With the support of Goethe Institut Glasgow, one residency place is now available to a contemporary art practitioner either from or based in Germany.  

We are specifically interested to receive proposals from practitioners working in the contemporary visual arts where writing or curating is a core and current aspect of their artistic work. 

We invite applicants to submit:

- a 100 word biography

- 500 word proposal describing an urgent project that they propose to develop while at Hospitalfield 

- CV

- a PDF portfolio which details 2 (or more) examples of recent projects. This could be, for example, image/text based descriptions of your work or  pieces of writing or a link to a video of a talk that you have given. 

Pressure on places are high and applicants are advised to articulate why this is the right time for them to be working on this project or development in their work. 

This residency includes:
Programme of visits and discussion; full board catering; 24 hours access to studio space; advice and support to develop an itinerary of research visits in Scotland

In addition to their stay at Hospitalfield, the selected practitioner will receive:
- a Research & Development Bursary of £1000
- travel to/from Hospitalfield
- a bursary to support an itinerary of visits to exhibitions, artists and organisations in Scotland as agreed with Hospitalfield and Goethe Institut Glasgow

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 applicants 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.