Hospitalfield helped by grant

Lucy Byatt (seated), director of Hospitalfield Arts, accepts the grant from trustees of the Aberbroathock Skea Trust. They are, from left - Elizabeth Steven and Tessa Grant.

Lucy Byatt (seated), director of Hospitalfield Arts, accepts the grant from trustees of the Aberbroathock Skea Trust. They are, from left - Elizabeth Steven and Tessa Grant.

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An Arbroath-based trust fund is helping to support the important cultural work of one of the town’s artistic treasures.

Last week the Aberbrothock Skea Trust presented Hospitalfield House with a grant to continue their conservation and artistic development work.

Accepting the grant was director of Hospitalfield, Lucy Byatt. She said: “We could not be more delighted to accept this grant and we thank the Trust very much for their continued support.

“Hospitalfield is at an early but never the less very significant stage in the development of our future plan.

“To have the support of the Aberbrothock Skea Trust as we begin our fund-raising campaign for the conservation of Hospitalfield makes us feel that we are a project that is already at the heart of Angus.

“I personally can’t wait until we are able to make the investment that will ensure that Hospitalfield can be both an essential place for artists to work and also open to the public on a much more regular basis.

“We have quite a long way to go in raising the funds that will be required for the capital project and these funds from the Aberbrothock Skea trust comes at an important time as we progress.

“This is a wonderful step in the right direction.”

Earlier this year the trustees of Hospitalfield appointed architect Caruso St John to develop a capital development feasibility plan and an application has been submitted to Creative Scotland’s Large Capital Fund.

The next open weekend at Hospitalfield House will take place on December 6 and 7.

It will open on December 6 at 7 p.m. with a performance of Andy Holden’s ‘Seven Works In Time’ featuring the composer himself and a string quartet from Arbroath. Entry is free but booking is advised at www.hospitalfield.org.uk

The following day there will be a book launch for ‘Curious Arts No.6’ by Susan Brind and Jim Harold.