Free Drawing School

The Free Drawing School is an annual artist commission. The artist leading the Free Drawing School in 2019-20 is illustrator Laura Darling. The Free Drawing School will re-open with regular workshops from June 2019.

The Free Drawing School invites groups and members of the public to take part in a programme of experimental drawing inspired by Hospitalfield’s historic walled gardens. Organised by Laura Darling and involving other experienced artists the drawing will take place in the studios, historic rooms, woodland and gardens.

If you would like to be involved in the Free Drawing School please get in touch to be included in the dedicated mailing list and also follow us on social media to get the latest news.

We will be carrying out ongoing projects and sessions with partnership groups during the year. If you are part of these groups and want to check info with us please get in touch or ask your group leader.

In addition we weave the activities of the Free Drawing School into our open weekends and other major events, presenting open and bookable workshops for everyone to attend.

Free Drawing School Opening Times

Practical info 

Dates: The Free Drawing School is open again with workshops and drop-in sessions led by Laura Darling running through the 2019-20.

The Free Drawing School is open as follows:

Workshops: 10am – 12pm, Mondays and Fridays
Please book to ensure there’s a space
Guided lessons – you’ll be supported in specific drawing activities.

Drop-in sessions: 1pm – 3pm, Mondays & Wednesdays
Stuck on a project? Want extra practice? Come in and say hello!

Cost: Free! Please book via telephone 01241 656 124 or email to programme@hospitalfield.org.uk

What to bring: Yourself, warm clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Where it will happen: At the Drawing School base at Hospitalfield House, Westway, Arbroath, DD11 2NH, 01241 656 124 and in the grounds and gardens.

COMING TO A GROUP SESSION ORGANISED THROUGH A PARTNER ORGANISATION

Practical info about coming to a specific group session organised through a partnership organisation

Dates: Variable and organised through the group leader who will also be the main point of contact for you to book for coming.

Times: Variable and organised through the group leader.

Artists: Laura Darling and other artists working with us at Hospitalfield.

Open to: Anyone within that group, of any age or ability. All groups will be accompanied by their group leader.

Cost: Free!

What to bring: Yourself, warm clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Where it will happen: At the Drawing School base at Hospitalfield House, Westway, Arbroath, DD11 2NH, 01241 656 124 and in the grounds and gardens.

Year Two Artist Laura Darling

Laura Darling is an illustrator and artist based in Dundee. Her practice is underpinned by drawing, looking, noticing and recording visual details as a way of re-thinking our everyday surroundings. The subject matter she represents varies from animals and the natural world to people and built environments, often combined with hand-lettering. Primarily she uses pencil, ink and watercolours, combining traditional techniques with digital tools to produce playful illustrations.

Laura will be running regular, informal drawing classes and drop-in sessions. Free and open to all, attendees can discover experimental drawing techniques.

Laura is beginning her year leading the Free Drawing School by collaborating with dance artists Mark Bleakley and Katie Miller on the Procession with children from local schools Timmergreens and Muirfield. The Procession will take place on Monday 17 June in Arbroath.

www.darlingbyname.com

Year One Artist Fergus Tibbs

Fergus Tibbs is an artist based between Glasgow and Dundee. Tibbs was the Free Drawing School artist in residence from June 2018 – May 2019. In his year at the helm of the Free Drawing School he explored ways of engaging different community groups in workshops and slowly creating an archive of found objects and experimental drawings.

Fergus is interested in the different methods and rules that can be used to build and realise collaborative projects. He is interested in the catalytic possibilities that these frameworks can have on a group engaged in creative activity and the way that these systems can emulate and critique infrastructures in society.

He graduated from fine art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in 2016. He has been a committee member at Generator projects. As an artist he acts as a facilitator, maker, participant, director, curator, promoter. Past works include discussions, experimental club nights, workshops, ephemeral happenings, exhibitions and publications.