Free Drawing School

Papers and letter addressed to Arbroath Correspondence school

The Arbroath Correspondence School

Free Drawing School with Kirsty McKeown
The Arbroath Correspondence School
Registration for first mail out by Friday 19 February

Free Drawing School artist Kirsty McKeown invites you to participate in The Arbroath Correspondence School – a postal project to exchange small analogue artworks.

Since March 2020 Kirsty has been delivering art sessions almost entirely remotely as part of her work in further education and through further projects including the Free Drawing School. This near constant demand for instantaneous online communication has led to digital fatigue…!

Kirsty has formed The Arbroath Correspondence School as a direct response to these demands. The Arbroath Correspondence School rejects the expectation of 24/7 always on communication and seeks to reinstate a sense of human connection and mutual learning utilising the postal service for the distribution of slow art.

Taking its primary inspiration from the history of Arbroath and its surroundings The Arbroath Correspondence School will act as a knowledge exchange; with participants collaborating and contributing to these small analogue artworks that will take the form of drawings, collage, prints and various other slow ways of making.

The Arbroath Correspondence School is open to anyone from any background from anywhere who is able to receive and/or send mail, no art experience is required to participate. You will be invited to contribute and alter the artworks you receive and will be encouraged to return them as part of the knowledge exchange; but are under no obligation to do so.

In her practice, Kirsty with materials and processes including collage, printmaking, analogue photography and altered objects; using found materials and her immediate environment as inspiration. Her 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.

To register by emailing volunteer@hospitalfield.org.uk or please send your name and postal address to:

The Arbroath Correspondence School, Hospitalfield House, Westway, Arbroath, DD11 2NH

The first mail will be sent posted on Friday 26 Feb. Any registrations received after the 19 February will be added to the list of correspondents for subsequent mailings.

Dried plant seed heads on a grey backgroung

Free Drawing School Online

Join the Free Drawing School live online on Mondays at 10am.

A different drawing challenge is announced each week for you to get involved with at home between 10am-12pm guided live with an artist.

The Free Drawing School challenges are designed to be done at home with the resources you can bring together from your drawers and cupboards. The details of the challenge will be announced  on the website and social media at 10.00am.

You will have two hours in which to complete the challenge and post your work either in the comments on the Facebook event for others to see or on twitter or instagram with the hashtag #freedrawingschool. You can also email your outcomes to volunteer@hospitalfield.org.uk

The online Free Drawing School will continue weekly led by Kirsty McKeown until the classes can meet physically. The Free Drawing School Online Challenges with guest artists will become a monthly programme from September. Kirsty’s workshops at Hospitalfield will take place outside with appropriate distancing until the weather becomes too chilly. 

 

Archive of Challenges
Past challenges with artists Laura Darling, Mick Peter, Sally Hackett, Camille Chedda, Fabiola Carranza, Mark Aerial Waller, Aniara Omann, Luke Pell, Rachel PimmFrance-Lise McGurn, Mandy McIntoshJade Montserrat and Isabel Cordeiro can be found here.

 

Image courtesy of Luke Pell

Past Online Challenge: Amy Feneck & Ruth Beale of The Alternative School of Economics

On Saturday 27 February, artists Ruth Beale & Amy Feneck invited people to participate with an online Free Drawing School workshop thinking about the essential work of care in this time of the pandemic – using collage and drawing to ask ‘who or what do you care for?’ It could be a possession, a person or even an idea.

 

Past Online Challenge: Mick Peter's Pop-up Pictures

The Challenge:

Challenge Gallery:

 

Shed with Free Drawing School written on door

Free Drawing School Classes

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. Drawing takes place in the studios, historic rooms, woodland and gardens.

Each year the Free Drawing School is led by an artist through an annual artist commission. The artist leading the Free Drawing School in 2020-21 is artist Kirsty McKeown.

Workshops and classes will happen at Hospitalfield and in Arbroath as well as via our guest online drawing challenges.

We are currently undertaking a major development of the walled gardens, led by the well know garden designer Nigel Dunnett. His new design will tell 800 years of garden history and the Drawing School seeks to investigate this history.

About the Artist
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.

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 camera-less 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 kirsten@hospitalfield.org.uk.

 

Year Three Artist Kirsty McKeown

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 kirsten@hospitalfield.org.uk.

Free Drawing School Online Challenge - Learning Resources

Getting Involved

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 Kirsty McKeown and involving other experienced artists the drawing takes place in the studios, historic rooms, woodland and gardens. Recently we have begun the online challenges.

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 by email to volunteer@hospitalfield.org.uk

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.

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.

In April 2021 Laura Darling and Hospitalfield will publish In The Garden At Hospitalfield, a graphic novel hilariously describing 800 years of the history of the Hospitalfield gardens, from the plague to the pandemic and lots in between.

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.

Funding

The Free Drawing School is made possible with generous funding support from The Robertson Trust and The National Lottery Heritage Fund.