FIELDWORK 2017 – call for co-programmer

Call out to artists, curators, programmers and organisers within Scotland to programme FIELDWORK 2017 with Hospitalfield, deadline 20 February.

FIELDWORK Hospitalfield International Summer School

FIELDWORK was inaugurated in 2014 with Reports on Event Curating  co-programmed with Leaver-Yap, and continued in 2015 with Talking About Influence where Pavel Büchler programmed three keynote speeches for the summer school. In 2016 Hospitalfield worked with Bisan Abu Eisheh to co-programme Not Every Tent is the Same.

For 2017 Hospitalfield wishes to open this programming opportunity for application from artists, curators, programmers and organisers within Scotland.

Application Deadline Monday 20 February 2017, midnight

Eligibility Artists, curators, programmers and organisers within Scotland; individuals and groups.

Places 1 – there is a programmer fee of £1200. There is also a project budget.



FIELDWORK is a 2.5 day discursive, residential summer school at Hospitalfield in Arbroath on the East Coast of Scotland. Between 50 and 80 participants stay at Hospitalfield, camping in the grounds, for a programme of presentations, workshops, discussions and outings. It is an intensive experience, which brings people together to think about the central theme or question. The programme is connected with visual art practice and theory including how this intersects with other disciplines.

The summer school is based around Hospitalfield House and its grounds but also makes use of the surrounding landscape. The format of the schedule can be flexible and embrace different formats including short and long sessions; overlapping options; discursive, performative and practical elements.


Who is FIELDWORK for?

Past participants have included artists, recent graduates, experienced arts professionals, writers, curators, academics, postgraduate students and others interested in social, political, organisational and aesthetic concerns relating to contemporary culture and ideas.

It’s important that FIELDWORK is open for anyone to book a place.


Applications to be co-programmer

The call is for an individual or group based in Scotland to programme the 2017 summer school with Hospitalfield for a wide national and international audience.

Applicants should be committed to working with Hospitalfield to devise and deliver the summer school around the theme, starting point or question proposed in your application.

We often build another partner (mentor, academic institution, organisation, group) into the programme and would discuss this with the co-programmer after they are appointed. Please feel free to suggest options where they are relevant to your proposal.


Application process

Applicants are invited to complete the online form, which asks for a 500 word proposal as well as information about why you are interested in pursuing this project and further practical information.

Link to application form.

More information about each of the previous FIELDWORK editions can be found on the links at the base of this page:



20 January – Call out

20 February – Deadline for applications

27 February – Successful applicant chosen and initial Skype meetings

14 March – Site visit

2 April – Website and initial Press Release publicised, tickets on sale

2 May – Final details confirmed

28 – 30 June – Summer School


Images: Arable field and maltings to the west of Hospitalfield; route to Gaylet Pot during FIELDWORK 2014; FIELDWORK participant packs; participant discussing Museum Futures with Neil Cummings during FIELDWORK 2016; Bisan Abu Eisheh and Michael Rakowitz in discussion with participants at FIELDWORK 2016; camping during FIELDWORK 2014.