Sir James Cayzer sees his generous gift in action

After turning the press handle Sir James Cayzer imspects the firt print made on the new press at the Kilpurine Print Studio newly opened at Hospitalfield House. Pictured with him are, Annis Fitzhugh and Robert Jackson.
After turning the press handle Sir James Cayzer imspects the firt print made on the new press at the Kilpurine Print Studio newly opened at Hospitalfield House. Pictured with him are, Annis Fitzhugh and Robert Jackson.

A NEW print studio opened on Monday 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 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 masterclasses with specialist tutors in printmaking and woodcut printmaking.

And 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.

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

“This will be a valuable addition to our studio facilities, 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 were DCA print studio director Annis Fitzhugh, a small group of Hospitalfield Trustees and members of the Board’s Arts Advisory Group.