SCRIPT – Summer Open Weekend 2018 – Summer Festival

30 June–1 July 2018

Join us for the preview event on Friday 29 June, 5.30 – 7.30pm

Daytime opening times Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July – 11am – 5pm

The house flings its doors open for this summer weekend

Come and spend the day at Hospitalfield see the new artist commissions, explore the House and gardens, take part in all that is going on. A series of events each day includes workshops, talks and historic tours.

Hospitalfield has commissioned artists France-Lise McGurn and Zoë Paul to make new work that will be opened to the public this weekend. Please join us for the preview on Friday evening.

Paul, who is based in Athens, has been invited to work onsite to produce a new body of work presented the 20th century Studios for the Summer Festival Open Weekend. This exhibition takes place in two parts, the first space presents a collaboration with Hospitalfield’s chef Simon Brown who has designed a menu and will be serving food to visitors who are invited to sit at a long table in a space designed by Zoë Paul. The second space opens into a calmer more poetic space; a woodland atmosphere.

McGurn lives and works in Glasgow, she too has been working at Hospitalfield to create a new painting made directly on to the walls of the house. Her new work brings the study room on the first floor of the House alive with her ordered chaos of figures and limbs deftly painted with the characteristic single lines of her brush.

McGurn is revisiting us following her residency in 2015 where she got to know Hospitalfield very well and we are delighted to be able to commission this new work.  Her ‘whole-room’ wall painting follows similar works made to fit other interior spaces such as her ambitious work for Tate St Ives, made for the show ‘Virginia Wolf: An Exhibition Inspired by her Writings’ earlier this year. The commission will stay in place throughout 2018 to be enjoyed by all those who visit and work in the building over the coming months. It will be painted out and Hospitalfield will commission another work in its place in 2019.

The Summer Sculpture Commission by Mary Redmond continues to animate the Walled Garden, see below for documentation.


Friday 29 June

5.30pm – 7.30pm: Opening reception, all welcome

Saturday 30 June 

11.00 – 3.00pm: Summer Fruit Pruning Demonstration

12.00 – 1.00pm: House Tour

2.00 – 3.00pm: Architecture & Garden Tour

2.00 – 4.00pm: Free Drawing School drop in session with Fergus Tibbs

3.00 – 4.00pm: House Tour

4.00 – 5.00pm: Director’s Tour of the artists’ commissions finishing with tea and more opportunity to ask questions in the Cafe. Free, please book

Sunday 1 July 

11.00am – 1.00pm: Lichens: from micro to macro – Free Drawing School workshop with Fergus Tibbs, please book

12.00 – 1.00pm: House Tour

2.00 – 3.00pm: Architecture & Garden Tour

3.00 – 4.00pm: Artists’ Talks – informal talks by France-Lise McGurn and Zoë Paul in their exhibition spaces. Free, please book

4.00 – 5.00pm: House Tour


France-Lise McGurn lives and works in Glasgow, her paintings and drawings take form as both individual works made in the studio and installations which are made directly onto the surfaces of the exhibition space. Her subject matter reflects a relationship with a collected archive of images, texts and film.  Recent solo exhibitions include Rabbit, Recent Activity, Birmingham, 2017; Archaos, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, 2017; Mondo Throb, Bosse and Baum, London, 2016. Her on site mural commission for Tate st Ives is currently on show and she is currently included in the show ‘Virginia Woolf , an exhibition inspired by her writings’ also on show at Tate St Ives. Group exhibitions,  X A Fantasy, David Roberts Art Foundation, London 2017; Le Nouveau Voyeurisime, Hotel Contemporary, Milan, 2017; Sexting, Group Exhibition, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, 2016; The Old Things, Galerie Crevecoeur, Paris, 2016; Home Salon, Marcelle Joseph Projects, Ascot, 2016; NEO-PAGAN BITCH-WITCH!, Group show co-presented with Lucy Stein, Evelyn Yard, London, 2016. McGurn took part in our Autumn Residency programme in 2015.

Image: France-Lise McGurn, detail of work presented at Marcelle Joseph Projects in 2016.


Zoë Paul grew up between the Greek island of Kithira and Oxford, having South African origins. She now lives and works in Athens. After finishing her undergraduate at Camberwell College of art, she completed her MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London. Selected shows include: SPIKE Island, Bristol, 2018;  Equilibrists organized by the New Museum, New York and the DESTE Foundation, Athens in collaboration at the Benaki Museum, Athens, curated by Gary Carrion-Murayari and Helga Christoffersen with Massimiliano Gioni; Unorthodox at the Jewish Museum, New York, curated by Jens Hoffman and Kelly Taxter.

Image: Zoë Paul, Solitude and Village, 2016, wall drawing within installation view at The Breeder, Athens.

Summer Fruit Pruning Demonstration

Continuous demonstration and question & answer session with the Garden Team; 11.00 – 3.00pm Saturday 30 June.
Catch up with the Garden Team at any time during this session.

Discussions will take around 15-20minutes. No need to book.

Summer pruning removes excess growth to allow more air circulation in the remaining fruiting branches, leading to better ripening and concentrating the plant’s energy on fruit production. This applies to apples, gooseberries,  blackcurrants, Japanese wineberry and pears. Pruning should be done before the end of July to allow development of next year’s fruiting spurs and wood. It is not about major tree shaping at this time of year; that should be left for the dormant season.
Come along with your questions and concerns and our Garden Team will advise.


Mary Redmond has made a sculptural installation for Hospitalfield’s Walled Garden entitled The Venny, The Jumps. This new commission is our first semi permanent artwork and will be on show until the end of September.

Mary Redmond is a sculptor based in Scotland who graduated from Master of Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art in 1998. She has presented solo exhibitions at Platform, Easthouse in 2014; Dundee Contemporary Arts in 2010 and Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh in 2005. Over the last ten years she has been part of major group shows including Undone: Making and Unmaking in Contemporary Sculpture, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds; Studio 58: Women Artists in Glasgow Since WWII, Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow School of Art; and Bold Tendencies Sculpture Project 6, Peckham where she made an expansive installation within multi-story car park. She has shown regularly internationally, including at The Clay and Glass Museum, Ontario in 2014; Neues Museum, Nuremberg in 2013; and Kunsthall Oslo in 2010.

We are grateful to Cladco in Rutherglen, the manufacturers of the corrugated metal Mary Redmond has used, for supporting the project.

Images: Mary Redmond, The Venny, The Jumps, 2018.


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