Not just an ‘Illusion’ at Hospitalfield House

Spring season at Hospitalfield House.
Spring season at Hospitalfield House.

Hospitalfield Arts has announced details of its spring season which includes talks, events and tours at Hospitalfield House, Arbroath.

Under the heading ‘Illusion’ it has organised a preview event with the artists which will be held on Friday, March 28 in the picture gallery from 6.30 to 8.30 p.m.

This will be followed on March 29 and 30 with a series of events with Laura Aldridge, Caroline Achaintre, Maria Fusco and Fran Marquis from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The use of material illusion and a pursuit of fluidity of meaning are inherent in the work of Laura Aldridge and Caroline Achaintre who have each been commissioned for ‘Illusion’.

Both artists foreground the instability of the materials they use in relation to the imagery they choose and the finish they create. The craft processes they employ bridge between the familiar domestic and the wildly shamanic with the resulting works emerging like unnerving, celebratory folk monuments.

In a series of site-specific readings Maria Fusco will also examine physical vulnerability as she shares excerpts from her forthcoming novella which takes place in a decrepit, abandoned palace, once the home of the first Marquês de Pombal, the inventor of the grid system.

In addition to artists’ talks and tours during the weekend, the audience is invited to take part in the alchemy of a Saturday morning pit firing led by Laura Aldridge and ceramicist Fran Marquis.

The full programme is as follows:- March 29 from 11 a.m.: ceramics talks and practical - Laura Aldridge and Fran Marquis on raku firing and pit firing, opportunity to fire a piece of ceramic. March 29, 2 p.m.: Touring Reading by Maria Fusco.

March 30, 2 p.m. exhibition tour by Caroline Achaintre.

The artists’ commissions for Hospitalfield’s spring season have been made possible through support from The Elephant Trust.

For more information on all of the events visit