Angus Place Partnership launch

Published on Thursday 6 December 2018

Creative Scotland, Angus Council, Angus Alive and Hospitalfield have announced details of a place partnership that will support a programme of activity in Angus.

Its purposed is to strengthen future creative development across the region. The Angus Place Partnership, which is led by Hospitalfield in partnership with Angus Council, Angus Alive, Brechin 2020, Arbroath 2020, is designed to encourage participation in the arts, support artists and celebrate the rich culture of the region. It will support a programme of activity across a three-year period from 2018-2021.

Creative Producer Pippa Martin has been appointed to work with Hospitalfield on delivering the programme. 

The new Place Partnership will focus on five key areas of activity:

  • Establishing a creative hub in Arbroath which combines a cooperative approach to local produce and arts activity.
  • Development of the Hospitalfield Summer Festival, including support for a children’s procession and artist commissions.
  • Working with the local 2020 committees and residents to develop an arts programme which celebrates the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath and 800th anniversary of the founding of Brechin Cathedral.
  • Artist commissions and an associated learning and engagement programme which will aspire to increase community engagement in the arts and access to Hospitalfield’s grounds and wall garden. The first of the projects will be to bring the Andy and Peter Holden project Natural Selection to Arbroath in April 2019.
  • The development of the regions first Cultural Strategy.

Located within Arbroath, Hospitalfield is dedicated to contemporary art and ideas’ and has an international standing for its programme of art residencies, masterclasses and workshops.  

Hospitalfield Director, Lucy Byatt said: “Above all I am excited about the opportunity to strengthen existing and develop new partnerships with the aim of making excellent culture part of the identity of Angus. There are so many artists, writers and creative people living in the region and of course this is a beautiful and historic place to invite artists to visit, to work with us. The Place Partnership will give a regional focus to our programmes and we warmly welcome Pippa to Angus.”

Pippa joins the Place Partnership from previous positions at Grizedale Arts and most recently heading up a cross sector health and well-being cultural initiative at Blackpool Council.

She said: ‘’I am honoured to be joining Hospitalfield to lead the future Place Partnership for Angus. I see this as a great opportunity to support and expand the cultural vitality of Angus.  This is an exciting time to be leading a programme that links developments at Hospitalfield to working with grass roots organisations, communities and contributing to flagship festivals across the region. My ambition is to support positive transformations across and through all forms of culture in a way that is ambitious and meaningful.” 

The Place Partnership Programme was initiated by Creative Scotland and is aimed at designing a co-ordinated programme of activity across a distinct area, developed in collaboration with the local authority and other local partners.

Gary Cameron, Head of Place, Partnerships and Communities, Creative Scotland said: “We are delighted to be working with partners in Angus to support the development of arts and culture across the region.  Angus is a region with rich cultural heritage and significant potential.  We hope this Place Partnership will increase ambition and opportunities for artists and audiences in the area.”