Two studios built in 1901 by the Trust and one studio built around 1850 by Patrick Allan-Fraser for his own use. This earlier studio has many homely features including a huge fire place. The later studios are vast with very high ceilings, one of these spaces has been neatly divided to provide two good sized more private spaces. All the studios have excellent north light from the large windows that look our across the barley field.

Studios in the House – we have a number of smaller rooms in the house, particularly in the towers and turrets that make useful studio space. The light is good but access is dictated by the architecture and spiral staircases.

Outside spaces

For large projects adjacent to the studios – there are a series of sheds built around a central space that provides a good space for larger sculptural projects.

Wet dark room – this small, basic dark room is in working order and can facilitate individual use.

Etching Studio

The Kinpurnie Print Studio was officially opened on the 28 of February 2011 by benefactor Sir James Cayzer. The studio, in what was once Patrick Allan-Fraser’s dog kennels, has been refurbished in association with Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio. Kinpurnie Print Studio has a small etching press, size is therefor limited but it is set up extremely well and makes a great place to work for experienced artists after an initial induction. Equipment includes a traditional etching press recently refurbished by Rochat, electric hot plate, large process sink and workbenches.  The studio offers an opportunity to focus on creating prints or editioning, free from distraction. Hospitalfield also holds a fascinating historical print collection. The Kinpurnie Print Studio is set up with ‘safe’ printing processes – saline sulphate etching. There is a good guide to saline sulphate use here.

Printmakers can use zinc or aluminium plates in the Kinpurnie Print Studio. These can be bought at DCA Print Studio. Inks must be oil based. We supply black ink. Also supplied are: Scrim, Copper saline solution (safe printmaking technique) in a covered tray (initial trial is suggested as 8 mins submersion), Rollers, Hard ground, Soft ground, Tools. It might also be useful to bring newsprint or tissue paper for protecting and cleaning your plates and prints.

Small Studio / Workshop

We have another discrete studio space which can be made into a wood workshop or for another type of noisy construction process to take place in. We have a small collection of tools at present which include:  a chop/mitre saw, a drill/driver, a jigsaw, a hand saw and a few other basic hand tools.

Archive and collections – relating to the history of the House and the collections.

Wifi – broadband internet connections available throughout the estate.


Hospitalfield has an historic library which was built up by Patrick and Elizabeth Allan Fraser and also includes publications which were owned by Elizabeth Allan Fraser’s relatives.

There are also some books which date from the time of the 20th century residential art school.

We are also building up a contemporary 21st Century Library through our programming but most importantly through recommendations from artists who have been on residency with us. We hope that this will build up a diverse collection of books which have had relevance to the ideas and production which has happened here. It will be a resource for future visitors and a form of archiving of thought.

If you are a past artist-in-residence and would like to recommend a book, please either post it to us with a pencil written note in the inside cover from you, or email us to suggest the title – we will buy them gradually over time.

Skills and Knowledge Network

We are very lucky at Hospitalfield to have a great network of creative and theoretical professionals to call on for advice, involvement and services. These range from video editing and photographic documentation to museum, literature and fabrication specialists. Get in touch if you would like to offer skills or get to know more about our network of contacts.

Local Resources

Hospitalfield is located at the edge of Arbroath, a substantial country town in the region of Angus which is located between Dundee and Aberdeen on the east coast of Scotland. We are within ten minutes walking distance of a DIY superstore, builders merchant, joiners warehouse, blacksmith, decorating centre and printer. The town centre has all normal retail shops and supermarkets as well as upholsterers and framers. If you visit Arbroath Library you can see two beautiful Pieter Brueghel The Younger paintings, make photocopies and research the town archives.

Image: Aaron Angell sculptures exhibited at Studio Voltaire. Aaron worked with J & J Stewart Blacksmiths in Arbroath.