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SOCIETY Summer Season 2017 – Summer Festival

24 June 2017 until 25 June 2017

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A key moment in our extended summer festival – come and spend the day at Hospitalfield.

The weekend will include a new sculptural commission in the Picture Gallery by Simon Bedwell plus a programme of talks, tours and workshops. Our café will be open for delicious lunches and cakes.

Inspired by Brian Yuzna’s 1989 film, in which the poor are ingested by the rich at ceremonial soirees, Simon Bedwell’s new installation SOCIETY features portraits heads of the current Cabinet, laughing at an amorphous, orgiastic mass of interlinking, organic, crafted pot-bodies.

In addition to Simon Bedwell’s newly commissioned installation, visitors to SOCIETY will also be able to see two sets of printed material collected by the artist: etchings by John Kay and Faceache comic strips.


Simon Bedwell installation in the Picture Gallery and displays of John Kay etchings and Faceache comic strips on the first floor rooms.

Summer Cafe open for lunch and cakes, 11am – 5pm

House and Garden open to explore, 11am – 5pm


Saturday 24 June

11.00am – 1.00pm: Satirical Head Ceramics Workshop with Kevin Andrew Morris. £5 materials fee. Please book online:

12.00 – 1.00pm: Heritage Tour

2.00 – 2.30pm: Collection Viewing and Introduction by Andrew MacGregor who will talk through the extraordinary selection of rebellious print material which we have borrowed from his personal collection for SOCIETY. Free.

3.00 – 4.00pm: Heritage Tour

4.00 – 5.00pm: Talk by Simon Bedwell which will give insight into his previous work and to the new commission for Hospitalfield. Free, please book online:

5.00pm – 6.00pm: Opening reception, all welcome.

6.30 – 8.20pm: SOCIETY Supper, all welcome. Free, please book online:

Sunday 25 June

11.00am – 1.00pm: Pamphleteering Workshop – DIY publish brilliant campaigning booklets in this practical workshop. £5 materials fee, please book online:

12.00 – 1.00pm: Heritage Tour

3.00 – 4.00pm: Heritage Tour