We were very happy to hear on the 17th December of the signing of the Tay Cities Deal agreement between the UK Government, Scottish Government, Angus, Dundee City, Fife and Perth & Kinross councils along with the business and higher and further education sectors. This will have an amazing impact on the future of Hospitalfield and means we can hit the ground running with phase two of our Future Plan in 2021.
Hospitalfield Director Lucy Byatt said on the signing, “With the right strategic vision the Tay Cities Deal has the capacity to bring an outstanding legacy for culture and tourism in Tayside for years to come and Hospitalfield could not be more delighted to be part of this regional plan. We have worked hard to shape our bid and we are extremely excited to have been granted £5.5million towards our £11million planned investment in to our Future Plan. The funds will secure a dynamic future of one of Scotland’s most significant Arts & Crafts houses, allowing the Trust to continue to guide Hospitalfield’s highly valued role in the cultural life of the country. Situated just to the south of Arbroath in Angus, this is an ‘artist’s house’ that has, for nearly two hundred years, been at the centre of Scottish art history. This investment, which is matched with funds from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Creative Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland, will enable us restore the house and collections and to build excellent world class facilities so that we are able to welcome ever more artists to the region from across Europe and beyond. With equal priority our plan will ensure that we will be able to open the doors to the wider public and participate in making Arbroath an inviting coastal destination and a location from which to explore the lovely Angus countryside.
Hospitalfield’s Future Plan will create ‘a campus’ around the artist Patrick Allan-Fraser’s 19th century building. Our aim is to invest in the extraordinary heritage at Hospitalfield and in a future that respects the original 19th century bequest; to support artists and education in the arts. We are committed to interpreting this bequest through a contemporary prism that is right for our times. Phase One will see us redevelop our gardens and open a new cafe and restored Victorian Fernery to the public in April 2021 when we look forward to welcoming visitors to Hospitalfield.”
More information can be found on the Angus Council website here: https://www.angus.gov.uk/news/tay_cities_deal_signing
Hospitalfield’s Future Plan