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The Dancing Stones, Autumn Season Open Weekend, 2 - 4 September 2016

2 September 2016 until 4 September 2016

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Autumn Season Open Weekend

2 – 4 September 2016

Artists: James Rigler, Patrick Allan Fraser

Speakers: Dave Anderson, Lesley Harrison, Crispin Hayes

You are invited to a weekend of events to celebrate the bicentenary of the publishing of The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott and explore the connection to Hospitalfield as a place of inspiration for Monkbarns, a key location in the novel. The title of this open weekend is THE DANCING STONES, a reference to Scott’s description of Monkbarns, which struck a chord with James Rigler, the artist that we have commissioned to make new sculptural works for the house and grounds. Rigler undertook a residency at Hospitalfield in 2015 where he was exploring the history of stone carving and the use of stone as an architectural material from grand houses to hermits’ shelters. The weekend starts on Friday 2 September with a Meet Your Maker discussion which gives the chance to hear about Rigler’s methods and materials, followed by an evening event where you can enjoy readings of The Antiquary within the Arts & Crafts rooms of the House. The weekend continues with a full programme of events over Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September so you can plan to spend the day at Hospitalfield – explore the house and grounds, get involved in a workshop, see artists’ work, take a tour and listen to a talk. Please read on for more information. There’s also booking links for some of the events.

Part of Angus Heritage Week, national Doors Open Days and the Scottish Government’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and Festival of Architecture. Meet Your Maker events are supported by Craft Scotland.



James Rigler sculptures in the house and grounds.

Patrick Allan Fraser exhibition of Vide Antiquary paintings in the Study Room & Courtyard Room.

John Ainslie’s 1794 Map of the Shire of Angus on display.

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

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


Friday 2 September

4.00 – 6.00pm: Meet Your Maker event with artist James Rigler where he will discuss his materials and processes. In partnership with Craft Scotland. £5 includes cream tea, please book online. *

6.00 – 8.00pm: The Antiquary evening event with readings from Walter Scott’s novel.

Saturday 3 September
11.00am – 1.00pm: Writing workshop with Lesley Harrison, a writer living and working in Auchmithie, which gives the participants the opportunity to explore ‘the coast as boundary between order and chaos’ and ‘the coast as a beginning’. £5 booking fee, please book online. *

12.00 – 1.00pm Heritage Tour

2.00 – 3.00pm Heritage Tour

3.00 – 4.00pm Talk by Crispin Hayes, who leads the National Orchard Inventory for Scotland project, about Monks and historic apple growing in the Tay area. It’s very likely that the monks of Monkbarns brought and cultivated apples here from the 12th Century.

4.00 – 6.00pm: Opening Reception with harpsichord recital.

6.00 – 8.00pm: Walk with Picnic Bags Available. With the theme of The Antiquary and the drama of the coastal jourey, this evening walk will take place whatever the weather so please dress appropriately. £5 for food, please book online. *

Sunday 4 September

11am – 1.00pm: James Rigler sculpture workshop. Create casts, pressings and panels using clay and plaster. £5 booking fee, please book online. *

12.00 – 1.00pm Heritage Tour

2.00 – 3.00pm Heritage Tour

2.00 – 3.00pm: Graham McNicol will talk about the elaborate Mortuary Chapel built by Patrick Allan Fraser in the 1870s followed by visit to the Mortuary Chapel at the centre of the Western Cemetery. Free, please book online.

3.00 – 4.00pm Heritage Tour

As space for each event is limited, these are nominal booking fees which we put in place to encourage people to attend when they book a place.