Hospitalfield welcomes new patron John Byrne

Author and artist John Byrne visited Hospitalfield House on Friday.
Author and artist John Byrne visited Hospitalfield House on Friday.

PLAYWRIGHT and artist John Byrne returned to Hospitalfield on Friday evening for the first time in 50 years to become honorary patron.

The creator of ‘Tutti Frutti’ and the ‘Slab Boys’ spent 12 weeks on a placement at Hospitalfield while he was a 21-year-old art student in 1961.

He was guest of honour at a special event which also marked the first anniversary since the launch of the Friends of Hospitalfield.

Trust chairman Kenneth Cargill said: “We are very happy indeed to arrange the return of John Byrne and delighted to have his support in what we expect to be a very important year of inspiring new developments at Hospitalfield.

“Friends and patrons, such as John Byrne and our first patron Sir Mark Jones, are vital to the future of this unique and historic institution in Arbroath.”

Guests at the event were also treated to an inside track on progress on the plans for the V & A at Dundee by architect Peter Bowman, a partner in Cre8, the Scottish collaborators of the Japanese award winning practice Kengo Kuma.