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.

Hospitalfield wish to appoint two art-specialist trainees to take up two separate two-month, full time placements. The first between mid-June and mid–August. The second between mid-August and mid-October 2018. 


Deadline: 12 noon, Wednesday 6 June 2018.

Interviews: Friday 8 June. 

This is an interesting and busy time for the programme at Hospitalfield with the Summer Festival, Summer and Autumn commissions and the core of the residency programme.  We are also absorbed by the capital development and other future planning.

These Trainee opportunities are for those who have an interest in developing their skills as an artist, organiser, programmer or curator. You will gain a closer understanding of working within a dynamic arts organisation working internationally and locally within a fascinating and fast evolving rural base. 

The focus of the placement will be on programming, administration and delivery. You will work with artists, support the residency programme. You will gain an insight in to the way we engage audiences now and our planning for the future through our approach to marketing, interpretation and programme development. 

Applicants should have a qualification to degree level in art or design. This opportunity will suit someone with some experience beyond art school yet at an early stage in their career. The Traineeship is devised for those who can stay at Hospitalfield throughout the two months. We provide accommodation and the majority of meals.

During your time at Hospitalfield you will receive coaching and training in all elements of the programme activity, building skills which you can put into action here and take with you to your future projects and positions.

Offered as part of this opportunity is:

- Accommodation at Hospitalfield House.

- £800 per month bursary.

- Invitation to take part in the events programme including attending the Residency Guests Programme discussions.

- Tailored development support. 

Please see PDF guideline on our website for more detailed information.