Wraps come off Rembrandt prints

THERE is an opportunity to visit Hospitalfield in Arbroath, the centre for art and culture, on Sunday, July 29 when the wraps will come off previously unseen works by Rembrandt.

The organisers are delighted to announce that, for the first time for many years, Hospitalfield’s remaining selection of Rembrandt prints will be exhibited for display to the public during the open day.

The Rembrandts are considered to be early state prints, artists proofs collected by the 17th/18th century printmaker Francis Place.

To have survived through the years without being sold in order to raise funds for the Trust (like much of the Place collection in the 1930’s) makes them a truly remarkable and significant element of The Patrick Allan-Fraser of Hospitalfield collection. Previously archived out of sight, these small and precious works are bound to intrigue visitors.

The imposing Hospitalfield building, which has cast a spell on artists, musicians and writers for over 100 years, is holding its quarterly open day from 11 am to 4 pm, which promises to be a fun and inspiring free day for all the family.

A full line-up of attractions has been put together to demonstrate full the variety of activities on offer at the centre which has inspired a range of prominent Scottish painters including Joan Eardley, Peter Howson and Will McLean.

The attractions will include a high calibre arts and crafts fair where selected artists as well as designer-craftsmen will have their exhibits on sale in Hospitalfield’s Jazz Room.

International artists in residence will exhibit the results of their creative practice with the Hospitalfield Trust in the exclusive open studio and in the Patrick Allan-Fraser studio block there will be a selection of portraits produced by the participants of Jennifer Mcrae’s Portrait masterclass, the initial sitter of which was celebrity artist and playwright John Byrne.

As with previous open day events, the grand rooms of the house will be accessible to the public free of charge. And produce will be on sale from Hope’s new shop.

Delicious sandwiches, home baking and refreshments from the Friends of Hospitalfield café will be on sale in the Jazz Room Café.

Tours of the house will be available every half an hour from 12 noon onwards, costing £2 and lively music will be echoing through the house from the brilliant Angus Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Visitors will have the opportunity to get creative by dropping into Hospitalfield’s bustling craft workshop, suitable for all ages with a variety of things to try whilst librarian Norman Cooper will share secrets of the collection with ‘Distant views Looking at the world before the advent of photography’.

To add to the atmosphere Arbroath Abbey Timethemes will perform in period dress and there will be face painting and other attractions which all promises a fun and inspiring day for all the family.

Further details from www.hospitalfield.org.uk