7–12 September 2021
Autumn Programme at Hospitalfield
7 – 12 September
Programmed to coincide with Angus Doors Open Days over 11/12 September
Jade Montserrat with Webb Ellis
Book for talks, workshops and events taking place over the week
As the seasons turn and we enter Autumn, we invite you to Hospitalfield for a weekend of live art, talks, workshops, exhibitions as well as a pebble focused field trip. The art works in this weekend’s programme all connect to ideas of time, the tools and materials of creating and their transformation into art. The traditional materials of arts and crafts connect with the extraordinary stone carvings within the Allan-Fraser Arts & Crafts Mortuary Chapel in Arbroath’s Western Cemetery, open for Angus Doors Open.
Live Charcoal by Jade Montserrat
You are invited to take part in the development of a durational performance art work which will take place over 5 days and is centred around a traditional ‘earth burn’, or charcoal burn, so creating one of the oldest drawing materials. Jade Montserrat is an artist based in Whitby, who exhibits and runs workshops around the UK and internationally. Her work is developed from her Black diasporic perspective in the North of England.
The performance, Live Charcoal will peak on the evening of Saturday 11 September when charcoal tools and sculptures will be unearthed and Montserrat will present a new performance.
Sign up for a series of drawing classes, charcoal workshops, readings, and wood carving all happening outside around the ‘earth burn’. Montserrat would like everyone participating or attending to take part in the alchemy-like process involved in creating the charcoal.
The artist has a keen appreciation for the full cycle of time and energy involved in using charcoal as a material; from gathering the raw materials, sticks and branches, to its transformation into charcoal, and eventually to its application. In Montserrat’s view, charcoal as a drawing material symbolises a certain dedication to art making and foregrounds the association it holds with being a ‘master’ of drawing within histories of art. Her investigation of charcoal has allowed her to interrogate ideas around Blackness in relation to Race through the writings of Alexis Pauline Gumbs and contemporary artists who also explore representation of Black people in art and art history through charcoal. The art work will be filmed by film-makers Webb-Ellis as part of the collaboration. Another key collaborator is Paul Cookson of Green Aspirations, Stirlingshire, who is generously providing his considerable knowledge of arboriculture. Paul will lead the day and night monitoring of the ‘charcoal burn’ over the 5 days of its process as well as learning activity.
Final opportunity to visit Christina Mackie’s exhibition The Judges III (2013) Installed within Hospitalfield’s 19th century Picture Gallery, on loan from the collection of Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, this sculptural assemblage features materials ranging from biomedical data and geological field-research to water-colour techniques, minerals and artisanal ceramic sculptures.
We have programmed two special events: On Saturday at 2pm, Professor Sarah Cook will speak about the ‘lives’ of art works in institutional collections and new thinking around the ‘networks of care’ in the museum sector, in part through a mapping process undertaken at Tate on the recent acquisition and display of works by artist Ima-Abasi Okon. On Sunday morning, we invite you to join a special viewing on Mackie’s exhibition followed by a group trip by mini bus and by car to Auchmithie beach where it will be possible to attend the ‘Pebble Event’ on the geological stories behind the pebbles and rock forms found at this little known beach. The Pebble Event is happening on Auchmithie beach and there is a talk by local geologists happening in the Auchmithie Town Hall.
Sally Hackett’s Padlocks of Self-Love unveiling: Inviting all the participants who took part in sculpturing their love locks to attach the locks to Hospitalfield’s Garden Gate and dedicate their padlock to themselves in an act of love.
As part of Doors Open Day in Angus, over the weekend we are running Historic Tours of Hospitalfield House and are opening the doors of the Mortuary Chapel once more to enable visitors to see the extraordinary carvings of local flora and fauna in this mausoleum designed by Patrick Allan Fraser. Entrance to the Chapel will be possible on the day and there will be two tours of the chapel each day at 11am and 2pm.
Over the weekend there will be opportunity to visit the House, café, Garden and Fernery as well as the annual sculpture commission by artist Mick Peter.
Tuesday 7 September
11am-6pm: Building and lighting of the charcoal burn with Jade Montserrat and Paul Cookson.
An opportunity to learn about the tradition of charcoal burning, sustainable sourcing of materials and to get involved with building the traditional earth burn.
You can attend for just part of the day or a few hours. We will be in direct email contact if you book to come along.
Thursday 9 September
2-4pm: A carving workshop led by Jade Montserrat with Paul Cookson to create wooden pieces to go into the burn and create charcoal sculptures using text composed by Montserrat.
4-6pm: Help in setting up of a Ring Kiln which will be used to create carved charcoal sculptures. Book here
Friday 10 September
4-6pm: A workshop on making charcoal for drawing using tins with Jade Montserrat and Paul Cookson. Book to attend the workshop here.
Saturday 11 September
11am, 12pm & 2pm: Historic Tours of Hospitalfield House and visit to The Judges III by Christina Mackie.Book here
11am-3pm: Mortuary Chapel open to visit with tours at 11am and 2pm
11am: Charcoal Life Drawing Class led by Tilda Williams-Kelly. Book here.
12-1pm: Revealing of Sally Hackett’s Padlocks of Self Love on Hospitalfield’s Garden Gate
11pm-4pm: Cooling and Finishing of the Live Charcoal earth burn (a steamy process)
1pm: Tour of the Waller Garden. Book here
2pm: Prof Sarah Cook will talk on the ‘lives’ of artworks and ‘networks of care’ in collections in relation to the exhibition The Judges III by Christina Mackie at Hospitalfield. Book here
3pm: Informal Talk by Paul Cookson on the tradition of charcoal burns. Turn up.
4pm: Revealing of the Charcoal and Performance/Reading by Jade Montserrat. Book here
Sunday 12 September
10am: Talk and trip to Auchmithie beach to attend the Pebble Event on the geological stories behind the pebbles and rock forms found at Auchmithie and in Arbroath. Book here
11am, 12pm & 2pm: Historic Tours of Hospitalfield House and visit to The Judges III by Christina Mackie. Book here
11am-3pm: Mortuary Chapel open to visit with tours at 11am and 2pm
2pm: Charcoal drawing workshop led by artist Rachael Bibby. Book here.
Jade Montserrat is an artist based in Scarborough, England. She is the recipient of the Stuart Hall Foundation Scholarship which supports her PhD (via MPhil) at IBAR, UCLan, and the development of her work from her black diasporic perspective in the North of England. Jade works through performance, drawing, painting, film, installation, sculpture, print and text.
In 2020, we commissioned Montserrat as part of our Studio Time Commissioning Programme to develop a new art work for Hospitalfield. In March 2021, Montserrat led two online drawing workshops with participants from across Scotland, the UK and University of California, Santa Cruz around drawing, speaking and listening with charcoal. These workshops have informed the development of this new art work Live Charcoal at Hospitalfield.
Webb-Ellis (Caitlin and Anj) are British/Canadian artist filmmakers. Using film, dance, music and installation, they create work which aims to offer ways to imaginatively access the political through the lens of the subconscious and the body.
They have ongoing collaborations with artists, philosophers, scientists, family, friends and strangers. Through an extended process of gathering and sifting, they bring diverse materials and concepts into dialogue to create new meaning. Many of their projects take place over an extended period, working closely with people in specific places.
They are facilitators of Philosophy for Children, recipients of the Jerwood Film and Video Umbrella Award 2019, and are currently working with Cement Fields on an extended educational project and new film funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
They live and work from a converted removal van, normally moving from place to place, or gravitating around Whitby in North Yorkshire.
Paul Cookson: Green Aspirations CIC
About Green Aspirations Scotland CIC
Green Aspirations is a woodland-based social enterprise with a mission to inspire a love for the outdoors. They were established in 2013 and, since then, have worked to share the wonders of the woodland. Why? Because they know the importance of a close connection with nature – and with like-minded people – for overall health and wellbeing. Their focus is on working with disadvantaged groups, particularly young people struggling with mainstream education and adults with mental illness, creating opportunities for them to get outside, experience nature first-hand, have fun and learn new skills. They also run regular volunteering groups. To help offer these activities, they deliver workshops and team building days teaching traditional crafts and rural skills, from woodland management to whittling. They also work with kids, through holiday clubs, birthday parties and through schools and social groups. Whoever they’re working with, they aim to encourage and inspire everyone to care for the woods.
www.greenaspirationsscotland.co.uk – or follow on Facebook.
Paul Cookson With qualifications in both gardening and arboriculture to his name, Paul is a skilled worker and trainer with twenty years’ hands-on experience across a range of sectors. As a founder and director of woodland groups, Paul combines his knowledge of rural practices with his interest in social wellbeing to help build stronger, more connected communities. Never comfortable without a project on hand and a tool with which to shape it, Paul’s practical nature and love of the outdoors continuously drives his workshops in creative new directions. He aims to continue passing on traditional woodland skills to anyone in earshot, inspiring and empowering the next generation of Scottish forestry workers.
Christina Mackie (b. 1956, Oxford) is a Canadian artist based in London. Mackie’s work is a combination of making and appropriating. The things Mackie makes – ceramics, watercolours, collages, assemblages, videos, photos, computer-generated graphics – openly fraternise with the quotidian. Best characterised as arrangements rather than installations, her works are occasionally punctuated with simple, unaltered functional objects from her immediate environment. Mackie’s preoccupation with objecthood is coupled with more rudimentary considerations of matter and materiality, a key characteristic of which is colour. Testing the capacities of materials such as crystals, clay, garnet sand, dye and pigment blocks against forces of compression, gravity, technology or sheer observation, Mackie’s practice circumvents conceptual strategies and turns towards an investigation of the world of things and its interconnections.
Mackie has had major solo exhibitions across the UK at Tate Britain, Henry Moore Institute and Chisenhale Gallery. She is represented by Herald St Gallery in London and Catriona Jeffries in Vancouver.
On Saturday at 2pm, Professor Sarah Cook will speak about the ‘lives’ of art works in institutional collections and new thinking around the ‘networks of care’ in the museum sector, in part through a mapping process undertaken at Tate on the recent acquisition and display of works by artist Ima-Abasi Okon.
Sarah Cook is a Tate Senior Academic Fellow for The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded project Reshaping the Collectible: When Artworks Live in the Museum. She is Professor of Museum Studies in Information Studies at the University of Glasgow where she leads the course ‘Curating Lively Practices’ on the MSc in Museum Studies, and also holds the role of ‘theme lead’ for Creative Economies and Cultural Transformations in the soon-to-open Advanced Research Centre. Sarah is a curator of contemporary art and for 20 years has curated exhibitions of media and digital art worldwide, in particular commissioning works for festivals including AV Festival, Transitio MX and NEoN (NorthEast of North) Digital Arts.
Her curatorial practice addresses how artists use new technologies in their work and how the exhibition of this work can help us understand the technological world we live in. In 2019 she curated ‘24/7’ at Somerset House, an exhibition reflecting on the non-stop nature of our daily lives and she is researching how artists work with machine learning and AI (recently writing about work by Trevor Paglen for the Barbican, and Tamiko Thiel for The Photographers’ Gallery).
Sally Hackett is an artist and educator living and working in Glasgow. Sally makes sculpture with a range of materials of widely different shelf lives and sell by dates from glazed ceramics to peanuts, garlic husks and toilet rolls. Spurred by intuitive making, Sally creates her work predominantly around emotion and mental states. Characters appear showing stories of social intricacies, heartbreak and human failure but with a playful aesthetic of bright colours and cartoon faces. Her work aims to simultaneously express both joy and pain. The playful aesthetic of the work mirrors the sentiment, displaying the energy and beauty present in imperfection. Sally’s interest in pedagogy often sees her working directly with community groups and children to create works collaboratively or facilitate others in their act of creating. She has worked on educational projects with a wide range of organisations, completing projects and residencies with Glasgow Royal Hospital for Children, GOMA, Project Ability, Platform, Panel and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. Recent exhibitions include ‘A toilet is a wishing well’ Generator Projects (2020) ‘A Weakness for Raisins’ CCA, Glasgow (2018) ‘From Glasgow Women’s Library’ (2018) and ‘The Fountain of Youth’, Edinburgh Art Festival (2016).
Tilda Williams-Kelly will lead a charcoal drawing workshop around the ‘earth burn’ as part of Jade Montserrat’s Live Charcoal project.
Tilda’s practice involves painting, drawing, sculpture and photography, with a particular interest in figurative and portrait work. She aims to keep her practice open, with ventures into different types of subject matter and mediums, always aiming for authentic and emotional creations. Recurrent themes in her work are attention to colour, environment, and human connection.