The Narrator – Autumn Season Open Weekend 2019

14–15 September 2019

The Narrator
Autumn Season Open Weekend

Dates: Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 September 2019
Open: 11am-5pm
Pop-up Café open 11am-5pm

Part of Angus Doors Open Day 

Visit Hospitalfield for the Autumn Season Open Weekend titled ‘The Narrator’.

The Unreliable Narrator is a new moving-image and performance commission by artist Sarah Forrest especially for Hospitalfield. We will celebrate the launch of her new work on Saturday with a drinks reception from 4.30-6pm.

The Bitter Cup is a new publication by artists Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan published by Book Works. On Sunday at 2pm we invite you to the Book Launch when the artists will be in conversation with writer Dr Susannah Thompson. Followed by a drinks reception and book signing.

Coinciding with Angus Doors Open Day, the programme includes historic tours, a magic workshop by Jack Paton, artist-led walks by Emily Furneaux, scent inspired explorations of the garden by perfumer Clara Weale, Free Drawing School workshops by Laura Darling and an intimate chamber music concert in the Mortuary Chapel by Spinacino Consort.

Make sure you sign up to the events via the Links in the Programme.

Come and explore the house and gardens and don’t miss Hospitalfield’s wonderful Café.

The Unreliable Narrator by Sarah Forrest 

Sarah Forrest is an artist based in Glasgow who often works with film, installation, text and sound. For the Autumn Season Open Weekend, Forrest is presenting a new moving image and performance work titled The Unreliable Narrator that plays with the trope the title evokes. The work focuses on a magician’s complicated relationship to the truth, drawing its content and concept from the unspoken contract that exists between magician and spectator, that ultimately permits deception. At selected moments throughout the Open Weekend, the video installation (Part 1) will be accompanied by a scripted performance (Part 2) to complicate and potentially compromise understandings of the work.

The Bitter Cup by Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan

Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan’s new publication The Bitter Cup is a novelistic response to artist Lil Neilson’s archive of paintings and sketch books left on her death in 1998. Lil Neilson met Joan Eardley in 1960 at Hospitalfield and the two artists worked alongside one another at The Watchie, their studio in Catterline Aberdeenshire, in the early 1960s. The Bitter Cup is published by Book Works with Hospitalfield and the support of Ann Steed who holds the Neilson estate.

The Bitter Cup will be launched at Hospitalfield during the Autumn Season Open Weekend on Sunday 15 September at 2pm with an In Conversation between the artists and writer Dr Susannah Thompson. The conversation will consider the use of fiction and writing as part of an art practice as well as approaches to archival research, the construction of art historical narratives and how ‘writing back’ can ‘rewrite’ histories of art.

Book here

 

Images
[1] Image courtesy of Sarah Forrest 2019. Production still, HD video.
[2] Think Thingamajig (2003) by Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan, photographed by the artists, in the garden outside the watchie, during
the Catterline Arts Festival, August 2003.
[3] Cover image of The Bitter Cup 2019. Courtesy of the artists and Book Works.

Weekend Programme of Events

Saturday 14 September

Hospitalfield’s Chef Manager Simon Brown opens the cafe from 11am to 5pm 

11am-5pm The Unreliable Narrator (Part 1) installation by Sarah Forrest in the Study Room and Courtyard Room

The Free Drawing School – Documenting 800 years of Garden History

Join our Free Drawing School Artist Laura Darling on a workshop Documenting 800 years of Garden History. All ages and abilities welcome.

Throughout the weekend from 11am – 4.3opm.

Free, please book a place here.

11am Artist led walk by Emily Furneaux

Join artist Emily Furneaux on a performative journey that draws on Furneaux’s own experiences of slipping into a state of psychosis in 2015, on the day of her 30th birthday, as she unearthed a Chicago in Glasgow free from monetary constraints.

Weaving external observations with personal encounters, obsessions and endeavours, the walk starts from the Courthouse connecting ‘Every Thought There Ever Was’ to Hospitalfield’s Open Weekend. There will be a chance to view Lindsay Seers’ exhibition before the walk departs.

Free, please book

11am Guided Walk from Hospitalfield to the Mortuary Chapel

11.30am Historic Tour of Hospitalfield House

12.30pm The Unreliable Narrator (Part 2) performance by Sarah Forrest

12.30pm Historic Tour of Hospitalfield House

3pm Concert in the Mortuary Chapel by Spinacino Consort

For National Chamber Music Scotland Day, the Spinacino Consort will perform an intimate concert in the Mortuary Chapel.

Place are limited. Please book

3pm ‘A Garden Elixir’: Scent walk and workshop led by perfumer Clara Weale

Join perfumer Clara Weale for a scented walk through the Hospitalfield grounds then blend your own combination of scents, inspired by the Hospitalfield garden, to take home with you in a vial. Please book

3.30pm Historic Tour of Hospitalfield House

4.30pm Launch of The Unreliable Narrator (Parts 1 & 2) a new commission for Hospitalfield by artist Sarah Forrest.

Join us for a drinks reception to celebrate the launch of Sarah Forrest’s new commission for Hospitalfield. Sarah Forrest will perform The Unreliable Narrator (Part 2) at 430pm.

 

Sunday 15 September

Hospitalfield’s Chef Manager Simon Brown opens the cafe from 11am to 5pm

11am-5pm The Unreliable Narrator (Part 1) installation by Sarah Forrest in the Study Room and Courtyard Room

The Free Drawing School – Documenting 800 years of Garden History

Join our Free Drawing School Artist Laura Darling on a workshop Documenting 800 years of Garden History. All ages and abilities welcome.

Throughout the weekend from 11am – 4.3opm.

Free, please book a place here.

11am Artist led walk by Emily Furneaux

Join artist Emily Furneaux on a performative journey that draws on Furneaux’s own experiences of slipping into a state of psychosis in 2015, on the day of her 30th birthday, as she unearthed a Chicago in Glasgow free from monetary constraints.

Weaving external observations with personal encounters, obsessions and endeavours, the walk starts from the Courthouse connecting ‘Every Thought There Ever Was’ to Hospitalfield’s Open Weekend. There will be a chance to view Lindsay Seers’ exhibition before the walk departs.

Free, please book.

11am Magic Workshop by Jack Paton

Learn the principles of magic with magician Jack Paton and get to grips with a simple trick, that’s not too tricky.

Jack’s Magic workshop is programmed to coincide with the launch of Sarah Forrest’s newly commissioned work The Unreliable Narrator at Hospitalfield.

All ages welcome. Book here

11.30am Historic Tour of Hospitalfield House

12.30pm The Unreliable Narrator (Part 2) performance by Sarah Forrest

2-4pm Book Launch: The Bitter Cup by Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan (Book Works 2019)

The launch of Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan’s new publication The Bitter Cup published in 2019 by Book Works and co-commissioned by Hospitalfield. The Launch will begin with an In Conversation between the artists and writer Dr Susannah Thompson and will be followed by a drinks reception and book signing.

Book here

4pm Historic Tour of Hospitalfield House

Sarah Forrest

Sarah Forrest (born Dundee) is an artist based in Glasgow who works across film, installation, text and sound. Her practice weaves together elements of theory, fiction and philosophy to produce narrative driven works that playfully explore perceptions both by and of the self.

She received her MFA from Glasgow School of Art in 2010. Solo exhibitions include: Sarah Forrest: April, LUX, London (2018); Again, it objects, Kunstraum Dusseldorf, Germany (2016); I Left it on Page 32, Supplement, London (2014); Two Solo Shows: Sarah Forrest and Mounira Al Sohl, CCA, Glasgow (2013). Recent group exhibitions include: Maintenant et Encore (with Linda Sanchez), 3 Bis F, Aix-en-Provence, France; Against Time, co-curated by Paula Zambrano and Sarah Strang for Glasgow International, Civic Room, Glasgow; Cabinet Interventions, Glasgow International, Pollok House, Glasgow (all 2018). She was recipient of the 2017/18 Margaret Tait Award and is a current AHRC Doctoral Researcher at Glasgow School of Art.

Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan

Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan began to work in a collaborative art practice after meeting on the MFA programme at Glasgow School of Art in 1993. They exhibited their first collaborative work at Transmission Gallery in Glasgow in 1995 and continued to live in the city until 2011. Between 1990 and 1993 Joanne completed her undergraduate degree at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee, a time when Lil Neilson was a regular visitor to the art school. Joanne now lives and works in London and is a Tutor in Sculpture and Reader in Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art. Tom lives in Newcastle upon Tyne and is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Northumbria University. Their recent projects include DOES THE ITERATIVE FIT (2019) in ‘Rostockgata Skulpturpark’ at Kunsthall Oslo, A Proposal To Ask Where Does A Threshold Begin & End at MIMA in Middlesbrough (2018) and A Successful Proposition for the Great North Exhibition at BALTIC in Gateshead (2018). In 2016 An Anthology (I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m so, so, so sorry) was published, an anthology of their writing over a twenty year period.

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