Hospitalfield seeks new director

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THE HUNT for a new director for Hospitalfield House is now on.

Hospitalfield Trust is seeking a dynamic individual to implement and develop their plans to reinvigorate the centre of art and culture which is often referred to as Angus’s hidden gem.

The move follows the retirement after 37 years in post of director Willie Payne.

The post is being advertised with a deadline at the end of April and already response is encouraging, according to a Trust spokesperson.

Hospitalfield has a long standing reputation in the art world where, for well over a century it has hosted residencies by almost all leading art figures in Scotland as well as many international artists and groups. More recently the trust has made determined efforts to open access to the wider community with Open Days, guided tours, events and the initiation of a popular Friends support network.

Regular jazz concerts and a programme of masterclasses have also been a major draw and, increasingly, the house is being used for corporate hospitality, meetings, dinners, conferences and weddings.

The heritage and tourism aspects of Hospitalfield are still relatively under-developed and offer first class potential.

Trust vice-chair Carol Pope stated: “We are moving into an exciting new chapter for Hospitalfield. This is a key post and we are looking for a very special individual who can build on Hospitalfield’s reputation in the art world while also developing community partnerships and the business aspects which are crucial in keeping the house on a sound economic footing.

“Hospitalfield has enormous potential as a major attraction to Arbroath and Angus.”

Full details of the post are available on the website www.hospitalfield.org.uk