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...

Application deadline: 14 January 2024, 5pm

The Interdisciplinary Residency Programme 2024 is open to those working across the arts who recognise that they require some time to focus on the development of their work here in the new and restored studios at Hospitalfield.

In 2024 we will re-open our 19th and 20th century studies after extensive restoration work as well as launch our new 21st century studio which has been designed for artists working with moving image, sound as well as photographic practices.

The programme is open to applications from UK-based and International artists, writers, musicians, architects, producers, dancers, choreographers, curators, designers, educators, researchers, artists and those developing their working lives within the scope of contemporary cultural practices.

For individuals or collaborative groups it can be a test bed for developing their practice and a scenario to concentrate on a specific project.

The Facilities: The 19th and 20th century studios are large purpose-built artist studios which are North facing, creating a steady light throughout the day. These large studios now have underfloor heating, increased insulation as well as large sinks and accessible bathrooms. They are well suited for painting, installation, sculpture, ceramics, drawing, collage and other making based practices as well as writing, movement and performance development.

The new 21st century studio features a live studio suited to recording of sound, music and performance and an editing studio which is suited to editing moving image or sound. Both studios can be fully blacked out from light and have sound insulation. This is our first year of using the 21st century studio and we will be welcoming feedback and input from residents over the year about how we can best use and resource this new building.

We have a print studio for etching and mono printing and also a small wet-dark room which can be used for photographic practices.

Where applicable, practitioners may also work in some of the rooms in the historic house and are given access to the collections.

Each year we offer four PRINT Places on the Interdisciplinary residency which provides solo access for one artist to work in the Kinpurnie Print studio which is designed especially for etching and mono printing. Please indicate when you apply whether you would like to be considered for this place.

If you would like to use the photographic studio, please detail this in your proposal. This is the first year of using our new photographic studio and so we will be in a ‘testing’ period so it would be best used by experienced photographers.

If attending in the summer months, we can also facilitate outdoor working and enable access to the garden and grounds.

For more information on the Interdisciplinary Programme please email programme@hospitalfield.org.uk and we would be happy to talk more about plans and international travel.



Marion Ferguson (Head of Print Studio, Dundee Contemporary Arts)
Eve Smith (Learning Programme Manager LUX Scotland)
Andrew Black (Artist & Film-maker, Glasgow)

The residencies will be selected and organised via a panel meeting at Hospitalfield in January 2024.


Interdisciplinary Residency Dates in 2024

1 – 15 April

30 July – 13 August

7 – 21 October

4 – 18 November

*Each residency hosts 12 practitioners selected through open call or via partnerships.


Eligibility: Undergraduate students are not eligible to apply to this residency (this means that if you are still studying during the residency period, please apply in the future and join our mailing list to hear about other residency news and deadlines).

Applicants have roughly a 1 in 3 change of being awarded a place on this residency programme.


Places: 44

Cost: £900 per person for a two week, self-funded, subsidised, full board catered residency with 24 hour access to studio space. [This cost represents a 51% subsidy]. Please see section 'Self Funded' for guidance on applying to funding.

This residency includes:
 Full board catering.
 Individual bedrooms and bathrooms.
 24 hour access to the artist studios
 Access to heritage spaces and rooms in Hospitalfield House and Grounds.


About the Interdisciplinary Residency:

The Interdisciplinary Residency Programme at Hospitalfield has been devised to appeal across all art forms, it has been planned as an opportunity to support those working across the arts who recognise that they require some time to focus on the development of their work.

We will ensure that this is a productive time set within the retreat-like setting of Hospitalfield, which works for individuals or collaborative groups as a test bed for developing their practice. Hospitalfield facilitates a programme of interaction and discussion within the group.

It is also an opportunity that appeals to those arts professionals who need time to work on a specific project, undisturbed, in a supportive environment. The selectors bring together a group that reflects a very broad range of practices that will find the time invaluable and gain much from the informal exchange or working within the residency setting.

Please note we actively discourage proposals which are site specific or directly draw on Hospitalfield itself as we want people to come with (and leave with) work which is relevant and useful to them ongoing in the wider world.

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.

Self-funded: The Interdisciplinary Residency Programme is a subsidised, self-funded residency and it costs £900 per person to attend. It is not supported directly through public funds.

We expect that some of the applicants will pay for themselves and others will look to their professional body, local cultural support structures, private trusts or advocating agency for support.

The timeline for applications is to allow a number of months lead time for practitioners to make applications for external funding. Practitioners often achieve funding awards from national or trust funders to undertake the residency.

Examples of these would be; Creative Scotland project funding, A-N Artist Bursaries, Arts Council England DYCP funding, regional VACMA Artist & Craft Maker Awards, Hope Scott Trust, Royal Scottish Academy Residencies for Scotland Scheme and The Cross Trust in Scotland and similar agencies in other countries which practitioners can access information about through relevant Arts Councils and artist support organisations.

If you need information to support a funding application in advance of our selection dates please use the material on our website and email Cicely to discuss your application.

If you are selected for the residency by our panel we are happy to provide supporting documentation, such as an official letter, after the offer has been made.

Hospitalfield Interdisciplinary Residency Guide to Funding 2024

There's more information on the application link and on the other residency and facilities pages on this website.

Covid-19: Hospitalfield are now currently not following Covid-19 guidelines as set out by Government. In advance of residencies we ask people to undertake covid tests and to ensure that they do not come to Hospitalfield if they either have symptoms of Covid 19 or have had close contact with someone who has recently tested positive. If you have either of these, we will arrange to postpone your residency. Please send enquiries to cicely@hospitalfield.org.uk

Access: In the application form there is space for you to include any mobility or health factors you would like to bring up at this stage. Hospitalfield is a 19th century artists’ house and there are a number of steps up to many of the rooms in the house and between the House, and around the Grounds.

After you are awarded a place, you are given the option of completing a more detailed access rider where you can raise access requirements.

The studios are fully accessible and have fully accessible bathroom facilities. There is access to shared and private working spaces.

Dining at Hospitalfield happens together and the residency involves being part of a group which you can engage with as much or as little as suits you.

Prior to your application we aim to provide as much helpful information as possible around access to best inform your decision about whether to apply. If you have any questions, please email programme@hospitalfield.org.uk