‘The View: of land and sea’

Hospitalfield House.
Hospitalfield House.

‘The View: of land and sea’ is the title of what is sure to be a wonderful open weekend at Hospitalfield Arts next month.

Beginning on Friday, December 6, The Travelling Gallery ‘This Land’ exhibition will get the weekend started from 6 to 7 p.m.

This will be followed, from 7 to 8 p.m., by the opening performance of ‘Seven Works in Time’ by Andy Holden.

The following day (Saturday, December 7), the launch of the book ‘Curious Arts No.6’ by Susan Brind & Jim Harold, with the addition of newly commissioned performances, will take place throughout the day.

And the ‘This Land’ exhibition will be open on Saturday and Sunday, December 8, along with opportunities for visitors to explore the house and grounds and enjoy guided tours. A café will also be available.

A spokesperson said: “For The View we will be hosting the current Travelling Gallery exhibition This Land which features work by artists Henry Coombes, Andy Holden, Hannah Imlach, Michael Reisch, Iain Sarjeant.

“The exhibition also includes a complementary programme of artists’ books, sketchbooks, films and postcards. This Land presents a beautifully alternative view of the Scottish landscape, inspired by the Year of Natural Scotland, through works by artists with a diverse range of practices. The Travelling Gallery is a custom-built, mobile, contemporary art space inside a big beautiful bus which will be parked on one of Hospitalfield’s fields with a view across the sea.”

The spokesperson continued: “In the week running up to the Open Weekend we are hosting many Angus Primary and Secondary Schools for a visit to the Travelling Gallery exhibition which includes an in depth tour from the gallery staff, and accompanying activities which will see the pupils exploring the estate and making land art interventions. Hospitalfield Arts are working with recent Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design graduate Hannah Imlach, whose work is included in the Travelling Gallery exhibition This Land, to deliver this part of the programme.”

For the opening Andy Holden will perform Seven Short Works in Time a series of musical works written and performed by Holden with a string quartet, a pianist and a clarinet player. The musicians are local to Arbroath.

‘Curious Art No. 6’ is a publication by Susan Brind & Jim Harold inspired by their residency at Hospitalfield in 2006.

The text work is installed in the library and this will be an opportunity to complete the project which reflects the relationship of Hospitalfield to art, place and the environment.

Artists and writers commissioned by Susan Brind & Jim Harold to do performances and throughout the day are Ruth Barker, Judith Findlay and Ross Sinclair.