Fish of Knowledge Children’s Graduation project with artist Zoe Gibson

For Hospitalfield’s 2022 children’s graduation project artist Zoe Gibson will work with 400 children to each design, make and contribute a fish scale that will form a collective sculpture of a giant fish. Taking inspiration from Arbroath’s proximity to the sea and fishing heritage as well as the mythical and historical Pictish imagery found on stones in Arbroath and its surroundings each scale will be representative of their own personality but contribute communally to the outdoor sculpture install in the paddock at Hospitalfield.

Hospitalfield’s annual graduation commission with Timmergreens and Muirfield Primary Schools celebrates the move of Primary 7 children onto their secondary schools. Previously taking the form of a procession this years project will join the schools together in creativity, feeling a sense of pride for Arbroath and embracing the exciting move up to secondary school during the last week of term.

Zoe Gibson is a multidisciplinary artist whose works primarily combine sculpture, filmmaking, installation, mural painting and drawing. Zoe has a particular interest in exploring storytelling using a visual language and in the use of colour and pattern to create a vivid alternate world. She likes to walk the line between sweet and sinister looking at domesticity, myth, grief, ritual and the magic of everyday moments. Zoe draws inspiration from lots of areas but is especially interested in folk art and the idea that not only should art be accessible for everyone but that it should be a deeply enmeshed part of everyday life and surroundings.  Zoe graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (2017) and has taken part in various exhibitions and events including ‘DAILY DANCE!‘ Generator Projects (2021) mural project (Open/Close Dundee) 2021 was shortlisted for the Trinity Buoy Wharf drawing (2021) and makes art and decoration for club nights and festivals.

Images courtesy Ben Douglas