Graduate Programme 2021

Graphic text: Hospitalfield Graduate Programme 2021. Applications due 31 January 2021, Midnight

**The Deadline for this programme has now passed. Applicants will hear the result of their application by the end of February 2021**

An opportunity for Scottish art school graduates
Thirty Places: three groups of ten artists

Supported by the William Grant Foundation, Hope Scott Trust and Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation.

Programme Mentoring Circle: Artist Sekai Machache (Edinburgh), curator Eoin Dara (Head of Exhibitions Dundee Contemporary Arts) and writer/curator Tendai Mutambu (Bristol) and Cicely Farrer (Programme Manager Hospitalfield). We thank Dundee Contemporary Arts for their valuable partnership on the development of the mentoring Programme.

Continuing on from the precedent of the Graduate Residency which has run for 8 years at Hospitalfield, the Graduate Programme 2021 is designed to support the next generation of artists. Through this programme we hope to give artists who have graduated from art schools and colleges in 2019-2020, artistic and professional development pathways at a time of significant uncertainty.

The programme will offer 30 artists a year long association with Hospitalfield. At the heart of the programme that we are offering is the support that participants will gain from both the Mentor’s Circle and the 16-day residency at Hospitalfield and each other. The programme will support three groups of ten artists all will have graduated in the last two years from Scottish art schools; emerging out of full-time education into what is in many ways a closed world. This structured programme will provide the selected artists with a new network and a period of time to focus on the development of their work.

Situated just to the south of the rural coastal town of Arbroath, Hospitalfield is an artists’ house; a place of ideas combining the conventions of the museum and the academy and interpreting these models for this moment in time. Hospitalfield is attentive to its aims; to support artists and, in this ever-changing environment, our programmes change and respond to the shift in artist’s needs.

The Graduate Programme  will be selected by and facilitated with the Mentoring Circle.


Application Deadline Sunday 31 January 2021 at 11:59PM

Eligibility Artists who have graduated from fine art programmes in Scotland in 2019 or 2020. Artists who have graduated from art programmes in Scotland in 2019 or 2020. We will consider applications from artists applying from programmes in other arts disciplines if they can demonstrate that they are practicing in the area of contemporary art. We expect applicants to explain this in their application. We cannot accept applications from those who are currently in full time education or graduating in Summer 2021. If you were due to graduate in 2020, you may still eligible to apply and therefore please email with your specific eligibility situation. If you have any questions please email

Places 30 (3 Groups of 10 artists)

Cost Artists will receive a £600 bursary. This is designed to cover the residency period.

Selectors Sekai Machache(Artist, Edinburgh), Eoin Dara (Head of Exhibitions, Dundee Contemporary Arts) and writer/curator Tendai Mutambu (Bristol) and Cicely Farrer (Hospitalfield Programme Manager).

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Programme Residency dates:
18 June –4 July 2021
18 October – 2 November 2021
28 March – 12 April 2022

During the residency time artists will have studio time, group crits, studio visits, field trips and after dinner discussions. The residency includes full board catering, private bedrooms and 24-hour access to studio space.

Yearlong programme: Online and outside

The online programme will include talks programmes, facilitated sharing of practice, experience and skills, mentorship and one group visit within Scotland for all 30 participants. Participating artists will be able to select what part of the programme that is useful to them. The programme does not demand full attendance if this is not possible. It is important the participating artists are proactive in clarifying what parts of the programme will support their needs.

How your application will be assessed:

Your application will be assessed based on your artistic interests, methods and how you demonstrate that this opportunity will support your specific artistic and professional development needs.

Please note we tend to discourage projects while on residency 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.

Online Q&A about the application process:

On Tuesday 12 January 2020 at 17:00, Hospitalfield Programme Manager Cicely Farrer ran an online Q&A about the Graduate Programme and Application Process.

A recording of the Q&A can be listened to here:

If you have any questions, you can email these to or send us a message on social media @hospitalfield

Covid-19 Adjustments:

Hospitalfield carefully follows Scottish Government Guidelines in taking precautions around Covid-19. These include 2m physical distancing, mask wearing, limits on room capacity, increased cleaning procedures and table service in all food/eating environments.

In advance of a residency at Hospitalfield, systems and protocols are carefully assessed in accordance with the current public health situation and visiting artists must strictly follow the guidelines for the safety of themselves, their peers and the Hospitalfield staff team, both in advance and during the period of the residency and programme.

Based on the assessment of the public health situation, the residency dates are subject to change based on what is considered to be a low risk environment to run the residency in and whether travelling between tiers or countries is possible.


It is possible to complete the application questions either in written answers or with audio recorded answers. If you have any questions about the application form please email

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. If your application is successful, there will be opportunity to complete a more detailed Access Rider document. 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 and whether we are able to be make the necessary adjustments to enable Access. We do have an Access budget to support these adjustments. If you have any questions, please email

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, Studios and around the Grounds.

Mentoring Circle:

Sekai Machache (she/her) is a Zimbabwean-Scottish visual artist and curator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her work is a deep interrogation of the notion of self. She is interested in the relationship between spirituality, imagination and the role of the artist in disseminating symbolic imagery to provide a space for healing. Sekai works with a wide range of media including photography. Her photographic practice is formulated through digital studio based compositions utilising body paint and muted lighting conditions to create images that appear to emerge from darkness.

Sekai is the recipient of the 2020 RSA Morton Award and will be joining the Talbot Rice Residency Programme 2021-2023. She recently joined Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop as a board member and works for (SCAN) Scottish Contemporary Arts Network as an Artist Policy Officer.

Sekai works internationally with her most recent work taking her to Brazil where she produced a cross-cultural curatorial project which was supported by a Creative Scotland and British Council partnership. She often works collaboratively, for and within her community and is a founding and organising member of the Yon Afro Collective (YAC)

Eoin Dara is an Irish curator based in Scotland working as Head of Exhibitions at Dundee Contemporary Arts.

Recent curatorial work includes new commissions and publishing projects with artists Margaret Salmon, Patrick Staff, Emma Talbot and Alberta Whittle and writers CAConrad, Quinn Latimer, Christina Sharpe and Isabel Waidner. In his previous position as Curator at the MAC in Belfast, Dara staged major exhibition projects such as ‘Felix Gonzalez-Torres: This Place’, alongside working on new commissions by artists such as Mariah Garnett, Stuart Brisley, Kara Walker and Johanna Billing. He has recently participated on juries and selection committees for Hayward Gallery, Glasgow International, LUX and the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

A former student of the University of Edinburgh, Dara is also an alumnus of the ICI Curatorial Intensive programme. He was previously a director of Catalyst Arts, and a co-founder of the Household curatorial collective.

Tendai Mutambu is a writer, curator, and film programmer based in Bristol where he is Assistant Curator: Commissions and Public Programmes at Spike Island. In 2019 he was Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival’s Programming Fellow for which he curated ‘Artist in Profile: Marwa Arsanios’. Other recent projects include five film programmes of work from the LUX and British Council collections touring internationally until 2022 and ‘Sriwhana Spong: a hook but no fish’ at Govett-Brewster/Len Lye Centre, NZ. Tendai has written for Art Monthly UK, British Film Institute, LUX Moving Image, Ocula Magazine, Frieze, Runway Journal of Contemporary Art, Art New Zealand and several exhibition catalogues.

Cicely Farrer is Programme & Communications Manager at Hospitalfield. In her role she manages and supports the residency programmes, contributes to programme planning, development and communications. Hospitalfield’s Programme supports the production of new work and the Residencies are for artists to focus on questions, problems and ideas that will have an impact for them now and into the future.