Graduate Residency

Application Deadline 3 July 2017, midnight

Residency Period 9 October 2017–22 October 2017

Eligibility 2017 and 2016 graduates of undergraduate and postgraduate art courses in Scotland.

Places 12

Selectors Eoin Dara, Head of Exhibitions, DCA; Winnie Herbstein, Artist

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The Graduate Residency at Hospitalfield is an intensive two week residency of dedicated studio time, facilitated talks, studio visits, group crits, field trips and after dinner discussions.

The aims are to:

– Catalyse new research and production of work.

– Develop critical discussion and reflection.

– Build diverse peer networks.

Hospitalfield works with experienced selectors who who are interested in emerging practices. As well as being involved in selecting the group each year, they also visit the residents while they are at Hospitalfield to lead discussions and workshops.

The Graduate Residents are at the stage of negotiating their transition from the influence of their teaching institution to their post-education practice.



The online application allows the selectors to see the working mechanisms of your practice.

Within the proposal it’s important to

– Describe how you will use this residency to develop your work.

– Consider the existing demands of the programme (evening talks, trips etc) so that you propose a project which is achievable and realistic within the two weeks.


Here’s some comments from artists who have undertaken the Graduate Residency in the last few of years:

… I was able to experiment with many new materials and developed a series of works that are still of importance to me today.

Jasper Coppes (Artist who attended Graduate Residency in 2014)


The residency group was able to share a huge breadth of knowledge by including artists from two years of graduation from various colleges, including some from Masters courses, which I found very valuable…

Alison Scott (Artist who attended Graduate Residency in 2014)


Although it was quite a short time a lot of work came out from being there, ideas that I picked up on later…

Jamie Kane (Artist who attended Graduate Residency in 2013)



Monday 9 October:

Arrival, introductory tour of Hospitalfield House info about orientation and programme.

Tuesday 10 October:

Start work in the Studios or find other workspace within the historic rooms.

Introductory presentations by each of the residents putting their proposed project into context of their current work. Hospitalfield staff will be present.

Wednesday 11 October:

Studio time. Studio visits by Laura Simpson, Programme Manager.

Visit to Mortuary Chapel and discussion of conceptual architecture.

Thursday 12 October:

Studio time.

Dinner discussion with guest speaker or selector.

Friday 13 October:

Coastal walk.

Studio time.

Saturday 14 October:

Studio time.

Group crits in the studios.

Sunday 15 October:

Studio time.

Film screening introduced by one of the residents.

Monday 16 October:

Studio time.

Tuesday 17 October:

Studio time.

Visit to St Vigeon’s Stones.

Dinner discussion with guest speaker or selector.

Wednesday 18 October:

Studio time.

Heritage Tour of Hospitalfield House.

Film screening introduced by one of the residents.

Thursday 19 October:

Studio time.

Group crits in studios.

Friday 20 October:

Studio time. Documentation of work.

Last Supper in the Dining Room.

Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 October:

Last moments in the studios, pack up and depart.