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Springlore – Fiona McCubbin

31 January 2024, 1:30 pm - 27 March 2024, 3:30 pm

Springlore - Fiona McCubbin

Since 2021 Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) and Hospitalfield have invited people with long term health conditions to engage in an eight week programme of workshops that connect with Hospitalfield’s Walled Garden. In previous years the group have work alongside an artist to explore ideas around the garden and to create their own words, drawings, collages, poems, sounds, images and new writing, celebrating their work through a final display and sharing.

This spring we have invited florist and artist Fiona McCubbin to work alongside participants to explore the seasonal changes in the garden through image making, print, botanical dying and botanical sculpture.


Fiona invites the arts and health group to explore the subtle seasonal shifts between Imbolc (a Celtic festival celebrating the emerging life in the world around us) and Ostara (a modern Pagan solar holiday honoring the spring’s warmth). Over the eight weeks we will observe and record these changes in the Hospitalfield’s garden through image making, print, botanical dying and botanical sculpture, culminating in a collaborative botanical sculpture marking the beginning of spring, Ostara. Discussion and activities will focus on folklore and the histories surrounding this seasonal change and how botanical sculptures are created using sustainable floristry techniques.

How to Join 

Please email your interest by 19 January 2024 to:
For further information contact: Karine Neill, on tel No: 01382 835509 or email:

More information:
We would like these sessions to take place in person where possible. No previous experience is necessary, and we encourage you to have fun and explore your creativity.

About the Artist

Fiona McCubbin (Verbena Flowers) is an artist, florist & grower based in Tayside. She works with the natural environment, communities and the land through her expanded practice. Using language, sculpture and image making, her practice draws on seasonality, botanical symbolism, folklore and ritualising times of the year. Fiona gained a BA (Hons) Painting Gray’s School of Art and has held a variety of artist in residence positions in Scotland and internationally. She has previously worked with Generator Projects, Scottish Sculpture Workshop (Aberdeenshire) and Artscape (Toronto,Canada).


Hospitalfield Gardens and Café is wheelchair accessible via a ramp into the Gardens and there are wide pathways throughout the Walled Gardens. It is possible to access the ground floor level of the restored Fernery. Hospitalfield would like to prepare with you for your visit and give any information which could help, so please do get in touch by emailing or phoning 01241 656124. There is accessible parking available on site by the entrance to the Walled Garden.


31 January 2024, 1:30 pm
27 March 2024, 3:30 pm
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Hospitalfield House
Arbroath, DD11 2NH
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