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Hospitalfield House, Arbroath

scotlandAt the core of the Hospitalfield experience is our belief that two of the most important factors in producing creative work are self-structured time and a significant sense of place.

Hospitalfield, our base in Scotland, has nurtured generations of Scottish artists over the past century. Originally a 13th century hospital overlooking the North Sea, the Gothic Revival Castle was rebuilt in the 19th century by Scottish painter, Patrick Allen-Fraser to reflect his holistic philosophy of art. The pattern of the House, its ornamentation, history, the relationship of the town, the land, and the sea, gradually reveal themselves to the residents as they live, work, and travel out from the estate.

scotlandStudios are basic, functional, light and filled with a sense of traditions. Daylight is long in these northern latitudes. Time will be divided between free time to work or wander and travel mostly with a return to Hospitalfield for the evening meal in the common.

Our travel schedule may vary but we will visit Glasgow and Edinburgh with their monuments and museums, as well as Aberdeen and Dundee. Arbroath is close to the center of the ancient kingdom of the Picts, the enigmatic Celtic nation who have left us their carved standng stones and the shadows of a rich oral tradition. We will explore these traditions and other streams of Scottish history and literature as we follow their markings on the land, people and the art of the Nation. We will also explore the geographic diversity of Scotland through mini-bus trips to the Highlands, the Glens, agricultural areas and villages. We will walk to coastal paths and beaches and climb the hills to the high moors.

The faculty is directed by faculty members from the School of Art and Design, Department of Cinema and Photography, and the Keeper of the Hospitalfield House, William Payne.

For additional information, contact the SIUC Study Abroad Programs.