Facilities

Studios

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. 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. We have had some structural problems with the darkroom recently but there is a possibility for it still to be used for simple processes such as developing – please contact staff about it.

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.

Library

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.

Here are some in the local area who you can meet and employ but we also know specialists elsewhere.

Duncan Macgregor Young from The Arts Unit has helped us and residents with wood and metal manufacturing on a large and small scale, making stretchers and frames and can do consultation about manufacturing processes.

Fran Marquis has a ceramics studio and workshop in Arbroath and has helped us and residents with ceramics firings and advice about making and glazing work.

Reekie Steeltec have a base in Arbroath and work on a high tech and large scale with metal manipulation.

Andy Simpson at Angus 3D Solutions in Forfar has a range of 3D printing options.

Ian Hill at Premier Printworks near the train station in Arbroath can do colour printing and larger banner printing as well as some vinyl cutting work.

Mark Ruxton at Keillor Graphics can work on larger scale printing and sign making techniques.

Rob Jackson and Ali Napier at DJCAD Make can also advise on digital making techniques.

J & J Stewart Blacksmiths who we have worked with before, have now closed, but there are other blacksmith options in the area.

For materials, see the art shop info below but also check out ScrapAntics, based in Dundee, run by Sandy Greene.

The staff at the Signal Tower Museum know all about the history of the Bell Rock Lighthouse including the signal flags used.

Historic Environment Scotland have offered educational visits to our residents in the past to the Arbroath Abbey and St Vigeans Sculptured Stones.

There are several interesting research projects held within University of Dundee and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee as well as practical expertise. Please speak to staff about your project and we can work out who to contact.

Here’s some links to resources there:

Rewind Video Archive

Artists Books Collection Dundee

D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum 

Demarco Digital Archive

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.

In the nearby Retail Estate there is ASDA for general stationary, clothes, cosmetics and clothes and B&Q for tools, storage materials, paint, glue and building materials.

In the nearby Trading Estate there is Travis PerkinsBuildbase and Howden’s joinery supplies for building materials, timber and sheet materials plus some tools.

The Retail and Trading Estates are 5 minutes walk away from Hospitalfield, on the other side of the Westway.

In Arbroath town centre there are chemists, stationers, charity shops and supermarkets. This is a 30 minute walk.

For art materials, there’s iArtShop on Perth Road in Dundee, close to the art school and a branch of The Works in the Wellgate Shopping Centre.

It is also an option to have materials delivered direct to us that you have bought online. Please notify staff if you are doing this.

In the region there are also some very interesting manufacturers, farms and busineeses including

Nutscene twines.

Halley Stevensons, in Dundee, they do the waxed cotton.

Montrose Rope and Sail, do large PVC tarp shapes and bags, with industrial sewing machines.

J&D Wilkie, technical textiles including kevlar.

Smyth Composites, make hand made fibre glass sheets and coatings.

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