Our final day started with watching the sunrise from the top of the tower out my bedroom – where a weather-beaten sundial tells the time.  The low cloud cover sadly meant no sun to watch rising – so a later trip up the tower caught the dial actually telling the time.

In the morning we packed up and meet one last time as a group in the refectory for a final goodbye. María gave a farewell speech in Icelandic and while I may not have known the words I understood the meaning – the importance of our time here for productivity, place and people. Especially of people coming together and sharing in a special time, in a special place.

We have all moved our practices on farther than the usual two weeks would allow; we have bonded as a group and made new friends and networks; we have experienced the benefits Hospitalfield has to offer as a place for artists to come live and make within its walls for over a hundred years; and we have been well fed.

I know I personally leave full: of ideas, progression, thoughts, new works, memories, conversations, new friends, and a very full belly.

Many thanks to Hospitalfield and the other participants on the residency for the support and productive time.

To see more about Hospitalfield and other residents on the November Interdisciplinary residency with me go HERE.