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Opening Exhibition at Hospitalfield House

27 May 2021, 10:00 am - 31 October 2021, 5:00 pm

Hospitalfield Opening Programme

We invite you to join us outside at Hospitalfield as we launch the Garden and Garden Buildings to the public for the first time, revealing an ambitious new outdoor exhibition by artist Mick Peter titled Gerroff!! (or User Feedback).

Come to Hospitalfield as we mark this major occasion: the first landmark in our Future Plan.

Mick Peter’s exhibition and the Garden and Garden Buildings are now open every week, Thursday – Sunday from 10am – 5pm until 31 October 2021.

Over the first days of opening, you can experience the artworks, explore the Garden, attend a talk or workshop, discover the new architecture, dine in the new Garden Café and delight in our newly restored Victorian Fernery. We have a lively programme of physically-distanced Talks, Workshops and Tours which you can book in to attend.

Tickets will be available to book from Monday 17 May 2021 at 10am.

Artists: Mick Peter, Sally Hackett, Laura Darling, Free Drawing School (with Kirsty McKeown, Jeni Reid, Rachael Bibby).

Mick Peter‘s exhibition Gerroff!! (or User Feedback) is a series of new sculptural art works humorously addressing the ‘rules’ of engagement with art. You will come across Peter’s ambitious works as three ‘scenes’ located in the grounds at Hospitalfield and you may even recognise some of the figures illustrated in the work. Peter’s playful installations often incorporate imagery influenced by newspaper cartoons and his sculptures appear as enlarged drawings, remarkable in their sculptural flatness, which wittily undermine the significance and authority of sculpture whilst at the same time being an affectionate nod to this tradition. Gerroff! (or User Feedback) is the Hospitalfield Annual Sculpture Commission for 2021. To accompany the commission, a printed interview between Mick Peter and curator Helen Nisbet will be available at Hospitalfield. Mick Peter will be giving an introduction to his work on Saturday 29 May at 4pm.

We will be opening our new, young Garden which has been designed by Garden designer and horticulturalist Nigel Dunnett and planted with the support of Hospitalfield’s amazing team of dedicated volunteers and our new Head Gardener Kate Robinson. The Garden has been designed within Hospitalfield’s 19th Century Walled Garden to respond to the 800 years of garden history on the site with its monastic roots going back to the 13th century. We’re running regular Garden Tours and Talks over our opening days and throughout the Summer at Hospitalfield.

Laura Darling‘s ambitious new graphic novel In The Garden At Hospitalfield will be available to buy for the first time from Hospitalfield and from our online shop. A major outcome of the Free Drawing School, this new publication hilariously describes the history of the Hospitalfield’s gardens, from the plague to the pandemic and lots in between and is a wonderful outcome from Darling’s year long residency in 2019.

On Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th May, Studio Time artist Sally Hackett will initiate her new art work Padlocks of Self-Love for the Hospitalfield Garden Gate which she invites everyone to participate in making with her. Through small workshops with the artist, participants will create sculpted self-portraits, which will be cast into brass padlocks, to dedicate as a promise to love themselves when they lock the padlocks to the Gate.

This is the first opportunity to eat at the new Garden Café in the newly built Glass House designed by Stirling-prize winning architects Caruso St John. Our new team led by Head Chef Simon Brown are looking forward to welcoming you for lunch, tea, coffee or cake as we are now open every week Thursday – Sunday, 10am-4pm. The Garden Café serves delicious food, promoting the produce of Angus and using home grown vegetables and herbs straight from the garden. You can try one of our delectable coffees from our new coffee machine or sample one of our loose-leaf teas. As you enjoy the café, you might spot our new café tables designed by artist Mick Peter and furniture makers ThreeFourFive, created especially for the Garden Cafe and in response to the historic collections at Hospitalfield.

We are especially looking forward to welcoming you inside the restored Victorian Fernery featuring all our new ferns and three fern trees coming from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The ferns are housed over two storeys in the 19th century sandstone building, under the new glass roof designed by Architects Caruso St John. Free Drawing School artist in residence Kirsty McKeown is collaborating with artist Jeni Reid on a series of cyanotype workshops in response to the Fernery, inspired by the historic cyanotypes of Anna Atkins. Arbroath based artist Rachael Bibby will be a special guest of the Free Drawing School on Monday 31 May and lead drawing workshops inspired by the Fernery using local natural resources drawn from the cliffs and beaches of Angus.

As we look ahead to the Summer and into the Autumn, we will continue our Programme on site at Hospitalfield and online. Hospitalfield House will open from 3 July with The Three Judges by artist Christina Mackie installed in the Picture Gallery. Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery are generously loaning Hospitalfield this major work commissioned in 2012. We will also realise projects and events with artists from our Studio Time programme: Rehana Zaman, Jade Montserrat, Luke Pell and Hanna Tuulikki. More info.

*All activity at Hospitalfield follows the latest Scottish Government Guidelines in relation to Covid-19 including physical distancing, increased hygiene measures and face coverings. We have based capacity numbers of the Garden and any Talks, Tours or Workshops on guidelines and comfort to ensure safety for all visitors and staff.


27 May 2021, 10:00 am
31 October 2021, 5:00 pm
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Hospitalfield House
Arbroath, DD11 2NH
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