Boost as new print studio opens

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A new print studio has opened at Hospitalfield, Arbroath as an additional facility for artists and printmakers.

The Kinpurnie Print Studio was officially opened by benefactor Sir James Cayzer who turned the wheel on the press to produce the first print – an image of Hospitalfield by Robert Jackson.

The studio, in what was once Patrick Allan-Fraser’s dog kennels, has been refurbished over the last six months in association with Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio.

At present it houses Hospitalfield’s recently restored etching press and a screen printing facility, with expectations of a litho press soon.

First users will be those signing up for a new series of residential master-classes with specialist tutors in printmaking and woodcut printmaking.There are also plans to set up a community facility for local artists who would pay an annual membership fee to cover training and use of the studio facilities.

Hospitalfield Director Willie Payne said: “We are delighted to be able to operate a programme with partners DCA and grateful for all the help we have received in creating the Kinpurnie Print Studio.

“This will be a valuable addition to the studio facilities here, especially as it complements our excellent historic print collection, and reintroduces a medium which was an important part of the programme here 100 years ago.”

Joining Sir James at the opening ceremony was DCA Print Studio Director Annis Fitzhugh, a small group of Hospitalfield Trustees and members of the Board’s Arts Advisory Group.