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...

The New Scriptorium is an artist designed and built structure sited inside the historical grounds of Arbroath Abbey. Designed and built by artist Bobby Niven, The New Scriptorium was initiated by Arbroath 2020 committee in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland, Hospitalfield and part of the Angus Place Partnership Programme. The  Power & Word Programme is funded by Creative Scotland. 


We are delighted to share that we are advertising five funded residencies via open call for dates between May till August 2024. 


The residencies in the Scriptorium will run alongside a programme of events, publishing and community activities based in the Abbey grounds and the Scriptorium itself and into Arbroath itself. 


Some of these residencies are specifically for locally based writers, poets, artists and some for practitioners in Scotland and further into the UK. The residencies are being created with partners, Hospitalfield, Historic Environment Scotland, Scottish Poetry Library and Lakes International Comic Art Festival.  


We are looking for practitioners with a focus on language and word, visual, written and oral,to work in the stunning little Scriptorium bothy. This can be a time to develop an idea, giving you dedicated space and time or you can be inspired by the beautiful setting. We will also offer a directory of prompts based on Arbroath itself, whether it be Football or Geology, history or fishing, we have a range of people who are available to share knowledge regarding most things Arbroath.  


The theme for this series of residencies come under the title Power and Word. The themes of Power & Word are embedded in the History of the Abbey and the Power it held, through the transcription and distribution of the written word and its influence across this island and across Europe since its beginnings in the 13th century. What is the power of word now? Who gets to speak and who is heard? The New Scriptorium imagines the Abbey when it was a busy working environment with a library or scriptorium at its heart. The Benedictine order of monks who established the Abbey were from the French Tironensian order, each monk had their own craft or skill, literacy and the making of books was one of the most influential. The town of Arbroath grew up around the Abbey and so too; the red sandstone of the town with the streets running down to the harbour. The great Abbey, with its Round ‘O’ towering above the town, are completely inseparable formally and historically. 


The outcome for these residencies is a series of ‘Gifts’ to the town, they can be physical, they can be from a workshop, they can be an online poem or comic book. This is where the writer/artist can see what inspiration takes hold based on their experience of this place and what they would like to offer up. This is quite a publicly engaged residency and some involvement with the local community will be expected, a reading, a conversation or a making workshop. We have wonderful connections with the local schools, charities and third sector organisations as well as fish houses, industries and the local artisan makers.  


There are art-form focussed residencies that will operate under this umbrella model, some local, some outside the DD postcode for poets or comic artists as well as more open residencies across any art form. Some include residential time with our partner Hospitalfield. Please see the choices and find the one that sounds like you and apply: 



Contract: Part Time/Seasonal

Hours:  31 March to 30 Oct: 2 days per week during Thurs to Sun, 9am to 5pm

Salary: Real Living Wage

Reporting to:  Kelly Bennett, Hospitality Development Manager

Deadline for application: Tuesday 27th February, 5pm 

We encourage you to make an application as soon as possible as we will be reviewing applications as they are submitted.

Hospitalfield is seeking a Visitor Services Host to play a welcoming role at the entrance to the Walled Garden at Hospitalfield House. This is an important role as you will be the first welcome to all of our visitors to the Gardens, Café and House.

This is an exciting time to join the team at Hospitalfield House as we reopen our visitor facilities for the coming season and we look to appoint a friendly and enthusiastic person to greet visitors and to promote access to our public programme. You will join a supportive team who will help you find your way into the role with ease.

Roles & Responsibilities:


  • Selling and supplying tickets for the Walled Garden and Fernery efficiently
  • Checking in visitors who have booked online in advance for Garden Tours and House Tours
  • Providing information about the site for visitors. This will include general information relating to Hospitalfield and some historical and programming information.
  • Managing a point of sale for Tickets and Plants Sales, processing payments via cash and card
  • Key-holder responsibility
  • Responsible data and evaluation collection

Person Specification

  • You will be an excellent communicator, providing the first point of contact for all visitors, with the ability to make everyone feel welcome and well orientated
  • You will have the ability to remain calm under pressure and to manage multiple priorities
  • You will be able to be solution focussed with a willingness to solve problems
  • You will be able to promote and encourage ticket sales by gaining an enthusiastic knowledge of the visitor offer at Hospitalfield

Skills & Experience


  • Excellent communications skills
  • IT literacy: full training will be provided in our online ticketing platform, however a basic knowledge and confidence in using online platforms is required
  • Ability and willingness to learn about the history and heritage of the house and the other activity in general terms to communicate this to visitors
  • Numeracy: this is a cash handling role and some prior experience in this regard would be advantageous
  • Flexibility


  • Prior experience in a key holder role would be advantageous
  • Interest and knowledge of the tourism sector locally

To Apply

Please complete the application form below and upload your CV


In alignment with our Equalities policy, Hospitalfield recognises the great benefits in having a diverse workforce with different backgrounds and lived experiences. We are committed to providing a welcoming environment for everyone, regardless of gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion or belief. In recognition and reflection of this, we would like applicants to bring diverse perspectives to the organisation so particularly invite notes of interest from those who are underrepresented in the arts and charity sectors.

Notes on Hospitalfield and the Future Plan

The original medieval building on the site at Hospitalfield was established in the 13th century by the same Benedictine order of Monks who built the vast Arbroath Abbey. It was intended as a place of hospitality and later became a monastery. This was a place of generous hosting, where food was harvested from the gardens, cooked in the kitchens and the visiting pilgrims, many who had travelled great distances, were made to feel nourished and welcome. Whilst there is little evidence remaining of the architecture from this time, if we look at the grandeur of the Abbey, we can assume that the monks would have designed their place of hospitality with a similar ambition to this extraordinary early Christian building. The house standing on the site today is the extraordinary 19th century Arts &Crafts house designed by the artist Patrick Allan Fraser. On his death in 1890 he left his property and estate in trust to support artists. In 1902 Hospitalfield opened as one of Scotland’s first art schools. Today we run the house and estate as one of Scotland’s most important cultural hubs for artists and visitors. We have a residential programme for contemporary artists, writers, film makers, students and more, supported in our current accommodation of 13 bedrooms. Building our venue hire and catering business is a high priority as we meet the demands of a business plan that will guide the future of the Trust. Hospitalfield’s Future Plan includes an £11m investment into the development of the estate. The opening of the café and gardens represented the completion of the first of 3 phases.