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A Return to Hope, Some Small Acts of Respair: Luke Pell at Hospitalfield

1 June 2021, 11:00 am - 27 July 2021, 12:30 pm

Luke Pell

Inspired by the obsolete word respair, meaning the return of hope after a period of despair, artist Luke Pell, Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) and Hospitalfield invite people experiencing long term health conditions to participate in eight weekly workshops where you will explore playing with words, drawings, collages, poems, images and new writing to create your own artworks. At each weekly coffee morning we will come together to talk, share stories and ideas.

By the end of the eight weeks, participants will work with Luke to bring what they have created together as a small collection, either in the form of a podcast and/or print publication.

Luke Pell, is an artist based in Edinburgh who collaborates with people and places, working across forms to imagine alternative contexts for performance, participation and discourse that might reveal wisdoms for living. Maker, curator, dramaturg, and writer. Luke’s work has been presented throughout the UK and internationally. Luke is an Associate Artist with Fevered Sleep and Dance Base, Scotland and also creates work with Lucy Cash through their collaborative enquiry Phos. Hospitalfield have commissioned Luke to develop a new work to be presented at Hospitalfield in 2021-22.

This project is one part of a commission for Luke Pell by Hospitalfield in order to develop ideas for new work to be presented with Hospitalfield in the 2021-2 Programme.

Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) delivers Creative Engagement programme opportunities for people living with Long Term Health Conditions (LTC’s) across Tayside. We provide access to the arts and promote the positive health improvements that participating in the arts can bring.


11am – 12.30pm, Tuesday 1 June until Tuesday 22 June

11am – 12.30pm, Tuesday 6 July until Tuesday 27 July

More information

All materials will be provided in advance by post. To participate you will need to have access to the internet via email/computer/laptop/phone. No previous experience is necessary, and we encourage you to have fun and explore your creativity.

How to Sign up

Please email your interest by 17 May 2021 to: Karine.Neill@nhs.scot

For further information contact: Karine Neill, or Chris Kelly on tel No: 01382 835509  or email: Karine.Neill@nhs.scot or Chris.Kelly2@nhs.scot


1 June 2021, 11:00 am
27 July 2021, 12:30 pm
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Hospitalfield House
Arbroath, DD11 2NH
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