Interdisciplinary Residency Opportunities 2021

An image of the historic Patrick Allan Fraser Studio at night.

The Interdisciplinary Residency Programme is open to those working across the arts who recognise that they require some time to focus on the development of their work.

In 2021, the programme is open to applications from UK-based artists, writers, architects, producers, dancers, choreographers, curators, designers, educators, researchers and those developing their working lives within the scope of contemporary cultural practices. If you are based internationally, you can submit an application for consideration in the 2022 programme.

For individuals or collaborative groups it can be a test bed for developing their practice and a scenario to concentrate on a specific project.

We ask you simply to be aware that over the next year or so there will be a need to be flexible and work with us but we really look forward to receiving your applications for the programme and planning your time here. The flexibility we are asking for relates to dates, so we may have to come to you with different dates, particularly if you are an international applicant. The Interdisciplinary Programme has been the most international of our residency strands but of course the pandemic will have a major impact on this in 2021. We suggest that those of you making an application from outwith the UK make an application to go through the selection process and then we discuss a date, this might not be until 2022.

More more information on the Interdisciplinary Programme please email and we would be happy to talk more about our plans and international travel.


Residency Period 16 – 29 August 2021

Residency Period 4 – 17 October 2021

Residency Period 8 – 21 November 2021

*Each residency hosts 8 practitioners. Due to the Pandemic the residents will include artists from the 2020 and 2021 Interdisciplinary Programmes. There are 18 places available on the Programme this year. You can review our Covid-19 Guidance to Residents here:

Application Deadline Sunday 9 May 2021, midnight

Eligibility Undergraduate students are not eligible to apply to this residency (this means that if you are still studying during the residency period, please apply in the future and join our mailing list to hear about other residency news and deadlines).

Places 10

Cost £650 for a two week, self-funded, subsidised, full board catered residency

Selectors Luke Pell (Artist working across disciplines in Scotland), Maitreyi Maheshwari (Head of Programme, FACT Liverpool). Facilitated by Cicely Farrer (Programme & Communications Manager, Hospitalfield)

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This residency includes:

Full board catering.
Individual bedrooms and bathrooms
24 hour access to studio space.

About the Interdisciplinary Residency:

The Interdisciplinary Residency Programme at Hospitalfield has been devised to appeal across all art forms, it has been planned as an opportunity to support those working across the arts who recognise that they require some time to focus on the development of their work.

We will ensure that this is a productive time set within the retreat-like setting of Hospitalfield, which works for individuals or collaborative groups as a test bed for developing their practice. Hospitalfield facilitates a programme of interaction and discussion within the group.

It is also an opportunity that appeals to those arts professionals who need time to work on a specific project, undisturbed, in a supportive environment.The selectors will wish to bring together a group that reflects a very broad range of practices that will find the time invaluable and gain much from the informal exchange or working within the residency setting.
Please note we actively discourage proposals 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.

It’s really important that residents are able to commit to the entire residency period to provide consistency for the group and to make sure you can immerse yourself in the situation and your work.

The Interdisciplinary Residency Programme is a subsidised, self-funded residency. It is not supported directly through public funds.

We expect that some of the applicants will pay for themselves and others will look to their professional body, local cultural support structures, private trusts or advocating agency for support. Examples of these would be; Creative Scotland, regional Artist & Craft Maker Awards, Hope Scott Trust, Royal Scottish Academy Residencies for Scotland Scheme and The Cross Trust in Scotland and similar agencies in other countries which practitioners can access information about through relevant Arts Councils and artist support organisations. If you need information to support a funding application in advance of our selection dates please use the material on our website. If you are selected for the residency by our panel we are happy to provide supporting documentation, such as an official letter, after the offer has been made. Artists often achieve funding awards from national or trust funders to undertake the residency. If your application to the residency is successful, we can supply a letter of acceptance in order to support applications to possible funders.

Hospitalfield Guidance on Funding for the Interdisciplinary Programme – 2021

There’s more information on the application link and on the other residency and facilities pages on this website.

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. You can review our guidance to residents here:

In advance of attending a residency at Hospitalfield, systems and protocols are carefully assessed in accordance with the current public health situation and visiting artists are asked to strictly follow the guidelines for the safety of themselves and their peers 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. If you are living outside of the UK and considering an application, please email for further details around the international travel.

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In the application form there is space for you to include any mobility or health factors you would like to bring up. 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. 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. If you have any questions, please email