The extraordinary architecture, vivid Victorian collections and exceptional early arts and crafts interiors, experienced in combination with the beautiful surrounding landscape, makes Hospitalfield an utterly impressive place…
Inspiring our Friends and visitors in the detail and significance of Hospitalfield House and the collections that we care for…
Offering a working, learning and research environment for contemporary artists and designers of today so contributing to what will become the cultural history of the future…
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Find out about our Future Plan and help us to make the 21st century another remarkable chapter in the life of Hospitalfield House
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Joining the Friends of Hospitalfield will introduce you to a social circle of like- minded individuals.
Becoming a Friend will ensure that you know first hand about our future plans.
The new Friend’s Programme will host curators, conservators and other specialists, providing an insight in to the collections at Hospitalfield and how they compare to other public collections held nationally
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On the 17th April 2013 we launched a programme of talks for our Friends. These events provide an insight in to the collection held here and, in some cases, provide access to material and objects that are not currently on public view.
The programme has been devised to give those who are closest to us a far greater knowledge of the collections, the context in which they sit in terms of the ‘national collection’ and an idea of how we must plan for the future.
Over this year and as we devise the 2014 programme, we will bring some of the most expert curators and specialist conservators to Hospitalfield to speak to us.
Speaker – Lucy Byatt, Director of Hospitalfield
This talk is an opportunity to consider some of the artist’s and collector’s houses that, having been retained in the form of a museum or continuing as active places of work, offer inspiration for our ideas at Hospitalfield. This is an opportunity to hear about and engage with the aims and plans for Hospitalfield, our Future Plan, within the context of other ‘houses’ that retain a legacy from a particular visionary individual.
By April Lucy Byatt will have been director of Hospitalfield for 18 months. Prior to this appointment she was Head of National Programmes at the Contemporary Art Society (2008-20012) and director of Spike Island, Bristol (2002-2008). She completed her MFA at Glasgow School of Art and Concordia University, Montreal in the early 1990’s. In the 12 years that she lived and worked in Glasgow she established two influential commissioning organisations, Visual Art Projects and The Centre.
Speaker – Michael Slater, Emeritus Professor of Victorian Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London
The archive of letters and papers that Hospitalfield holds are fascinating, some are more universally interesting than others, but it is the way in which we are able to structure a programme around then that will provide our audiences an opportunity to engage with the history that they relate to and the stories that they tell.
A small cluster of 16 letters describe the inspiration that Patrick Allan-Fraser found in Charles Dickens’ charity, the Guild of Art and Literature. Prior to this talk Professor Slater will spend two days at Hospitalfield transcribing the letters that are held within our archive. The talk that he will give will put these fragile papers in context with other things that were going on around Dickens at the time that he and Patrick were writing to one another.
Michael Slater, biographer of Dickens and past President of the International Dickens Fellowship and of the Dickens Society of America, and former editor of the journal The Dickensian. He has taught and continues to lecture widely in the USA, across Europe, Australasia and the Far East. He lives in London. Link to his acclaimed biography – http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300112078
Speaker – Peggy Larcom PhD researcher supported by the Hospitalfield Alumni association
Starting her PhD in October 2013 Peggy Larcom has been developing her research question in this, her first of a three year funded PhD supported by the Hospitalfield Alumni and supervised by Aberdeen University. This is a visionary idea that will ensure that we begin a proper academic programme of study that looks at the extraordinary history of Hospitalfield and its impact. The broad question that Peggy was first attracted to is ‘The impact of Hospitalfield on 20th century Scottish Art’. She will narrow down and focus on a specific area of study as she progresses her research. This is an opportunity to ‘see in to her research’ at this early stage and to hear, at what is a mid-point in her progress, what she is unearthing and where her interests lie in terms of the question that she will form and eventually write around.
*** Date still to be confirmed – this is just an estimated date***
Visit to Edinburgh –
The Home of James Holloway &
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art ‘The Two Roberts’
Please join us for a day out in Edinburgh – James Holloway, the former Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, has offered the Friends of Hospitalfield an exciting opportunity, to visit his home in Edinburgh and to see his collection of paintings. This is a collection that has much in common with the collection at Hospitalfield including many of the same artists. This will be a wonderful opportunity to hear him talk through his knowledge of both the works he has chosen for himself and his knowledge of Hospitalfield. As a scholar and curator James Holloway is probably best known for his work on Scottish art, he edited the National Galleries of Scotland’s series of booklets, Scottish Masters for which he wrote the volumes on James Tassie, Jacob More, William Aikman and the Norie family. He has published numerous articles and has lectured frequently on Scottish art and collections.
To make this a proper day out we will also go to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art to see an exhibition which will open on the 1 November ‘The Two Roberts’. Focusing on the work of Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde, both artists spent time working and studying at Hospitalfield. Both very well known within their life time but now far less known than they should be. This will be an opportunity to see the works of these artists that link to our Hospitalfield 20th century History. http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/exhibitions/the-two-roberts-robert-macbryde-and-robert-colquhoun/