DUSK Winter Season 2016

19–20 November 2016

Winter Season open weekend

19 – 20 November 2016 Open Weekend

19 November  – 17 December Exhibition


Frank Dobson
Judith Hagan
Ewan Murray

This exhibition brought together new and recent paintings from two artists, Judith Hagan and Ewan Murray, who have come through Hospitalfield’s residency programme since 2014 and work of the modernist artist Frank Dobson (1886-1963), who studied at Hospitalfield between 1906 and 1910.



Frank Dobson, Ewan Murray and Judith Hagan exhibition in the first floor rooms.

Pop Up Bakery and Deli open for lunch and cakes, 11am – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday

House and Garden open to explore, 11am – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday


Saturday 19 November

11.00am – 1.00pm: Monoprinting Workshop with Judith Hagan. Practical workshop trying out techniques for drawing and monoprinting from imagination. Studio.

12.00 – 1.00pm: Heritage Tour

2.00 – 3.00pm: Heritage Tour

4.00 – 5.00pm: Artists’ in-conversation with Ewan Murray and Judith Hagan, led by artist and lecturer Richard Walker. Cedar Room.

5.00 – 6.00pm: Reception and exhibition opening.


Sunday 20 November

11.00am – 1.00pm: Clay modeling workshop with Sally Hackett. Use clay and other materials to model figures inspired by the fluidity of Frank Dobson’s sculptures. Studio.

12.00 – 1.00pm: Heritage Tour

3.00 – 4.00pm: Heritage Tour

As space for each event is limited, these are nominal booking fees which we put in place to encourage people to attend when they book a place.




19 November – 17 December, Thursday – Saturday, 12 – 5pm



Saturday 3 December

Inspired by the extraordinary textiles created by Frank and Mary Dobson which morph his sculptures into elegant and joyful interlinking designs, join us for an afternoon seminar on the history of textiles by artists: commissions by industry and hand-made fabrics for their own homes.

Howard Batho on Frank Dobson’s textiles.

Fiona Jardine on Donald Brothers’ textiles.

John Johnston on the Angus Embroidery Collection.

Amy Waugh on the Perth Margaret Morris Collection.

More information…


Frank Dobson (1886 – 1963) was born in London and came to study at Hospitalfield in 1906 following evening classes at Hastings School of Art, an apprenticeship with Sir William Reynolds-Stephens and a period living from his painting in Devon and Cornwall. After his studies he attended the City and Guilds of London Art School in Kinnigton before returning to Cornwall where he was involved in the Newlyn artists scene sharing a studio with Cedric Morris.

His work led the way between post impressionism and modernism in Britain, drawing on influences from Cezanne, Gaugin and Picasso and pre-dating the more high profile work of Henry Moore. He started making sculpture in 1913, but drawing continued to be an important element of his practice including for landscapes as well as figure studies, he used extensive drawing exercises to plan for sculptural works.

Dobson served in the Artists’ Rifles in WW1 until he was invalided out in 1918. He had submitted several drawings to the British War Memorials Committee before this date. His work grew in profile during the 1920s and 1930s during which time his work was exhibited at the Venice Biennale (1924 and 1926) and toured internationally.

Dobson’s work is held within many public galleries collections including TATE and Arts Council England collection which includes one of his most recognised works entitled London Pride, a sculpture of two women which is installed on the embankment riverside walk just north of London’s Waterloo Bridge. There was a major retrospective of his work at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds in 1994 and a memorial exhibition presented by Arts Council England in 1966.

Hospitalfield is grateful to Goldmark Gallery who look after Frank Dobson’s estate.

Images: Study for Large Group 2 (Two Friends), terracotta, height 14cm; Noni, plaster, height 33cm; Romantic Drawing, watercolour and gouache, 61.5 x 56.7cm


Through painting, writing and small scale sculptures, Judith Hagan’s work occupies emotional and metaphysical spaces, landscapes and human histories. Searching through personal mythologies and social narritives, the work focuses on the sometimes sad and strange contrasts between reality, humanity and worldly beauty. The themes Hagan deals with stem from a wide range of sources; literature, philosophical writings, ideas of reality, time and space and world myths, histories and religions. Hagan graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2015, and is currently enrolled in postgraduate study at The Royal Drawing School in London. Judith Hagan was an Interdisciplinary Resident at Hospitalfield in 2016.


Images: Mountain Lines; Meeting Place; Fields; Sleeping Pods


Ewan Murray’s practice is rooted in the language and history of painting. His paintings explore a variety of subjects and styles; from landscape, portraiture and still life to abstract compositions and groups of figures. Murray’s paintings are connected by a consistent approach to their formal attributes, compositions and technique. Each work looks for poetic potential in its subject to offer instants of clarity, unexpected references or associations with other things. Murray is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art’s Painting and Printmaking programme and a recipient of the 2013 Cheong Kam Hee Art Prize. In 2016 his work was exhibited in the John Moores Painting Prize in Liverpool. Murray was a Graduate Resident at Hospitalfield in 2014.


Image: Dusk view, oil on board with hardboard, 32.5 x 42.5cm, 2016; Still life, oil on board, 22 x 16cm, 2016; Reader, oil on board, 26 x 21cm, 2016; Looking Out, oil on aluminium, 26 x 20cm, 2015.


This Winter Season open weekend is the first with our new chef Gillian Veal, known for her innovative approach to cooking, tried and tested through her Parlour and Folk cafes in Dundee. Gillian is a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and says her art school training has helped her be innovative with the cooking techniques she has learned in the kitchen. Her approach is always social and nurturing so ties in with the hospitable nature of our history. For this event, Hospitalfield has been working with The Food Life to support our endeavour to use locally produced ingredients – starting from our own gardens where the herbs for breads; apples for puddings and beetroots for salads will come from – and opening out to the great producers from around the region.












Sally Hackett will lead a clay modelling workshop on Sunday morning which gives the opportunity to make your own small scale figures in terracotta.

Working on a broad range of projects from Glasgow shrine’s to Hieronymus Bosch re creations, Sally Hackett is a visual artist creating works about the habitual behavior of our modern society. Using sculpture, drawing and installation, she explores themes of hierarchy, iconography and the human condition. With a belief in art as a common ground, Sally often works with other people in her studio and in community settings. By highlighting the curious and absurd in every day life, her artworks challenge common beliefs, from historical masterpieces to reality TV, always retaining an element of humour. Sally Hackett was a resident on Hospitalfield’s Interdisciplinary Residency in 2015.


Image: Sally Hackett exhibition at Telfer Gallery.

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