Kirsty McKeown is Free Drawing School Artist in Residence in 2020-21

Year Three
Artist in Residence: Kirsty McKeown

The Free Drawing School, now in its third year, welcomes artist Kirsty McKeown to take up the 12 month long residency.

The Free Drawing School is a programme of experimental drawing, inspired by Hospitalfield’s historic walled gardens, and is an ongoing narrative that runs alongside the development of the new gardens at Hospitalfield.

Kirsty McKeown is an artist based in Dundee. She graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone in 2012. Recent projects have focused on the influence of war-time Britain on the changing roles of women at work, with specific reference to four factors: political, physical, industrial and domestic. She works with materials and processes including college, printmaking, analogue photography and altered objects; using found materials and her immediate environment as inspiration. Since March 2016 Kirsty has run Chainworks Studios in Dundee, which hosts a varied collective of visual artists and makers in the east of Dundee. She is co-organiser of Dundee Zine Fest and teaches Art and Design at Glasgow Clyde College.

For the residency, McKeown will be looking at the social and botanic history of the area surrounding Hospitalfield and of Arbroath itself; taking influence from the migratory lives of the Arbroath fisherwives and the Angus botanist Ursula K. Duncan. She will begin her residency by undertaking a series of walks retracing their steps, using drawing, photography and collecting to create new work around walking, waymakers and paths of resistance.

McKeown will spend the year developing her own work and generating a welcoming workshop environment for participants that will encourage experimentation as they work alongside her; with activities including the creation of drawing tools and cameraless photography. She is interested in gathering an understanding about place through seeing, learning and drawing here in the garden at Hospitalfield.

For more information about how to get involved as either a group or an individual, please get in touch via telephone 01241 656 124 or email to

McKeown begins her residency this Monday 27 July when she will lead the next Free Drawing School Online Challenge.