Nicky Bird

Hospitalfield House

Hospitalfield House (2003)

Summer 2003: Hospitalfield House Arbroath, Scotland

How does a contemporary artist respond to historical sites? Hospitalfield House and the objects (or traces found there) provided a particular challenge to this question. Over a three-month period I photographed a range of ‘subjects’ – from the ‘picturesque’ to the banal. The resulting material raised another question: how to produce an artwork for the gallery context, one that conveys to the viewer a similar sense of discovery to that of working on site?

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Thanks to Willie Payne, Director of Hospitalfield House
The Friends of The Royal Scottish Academy

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