About Us

Cove Park’s residencies actively respond to the diversity of contemporary artistic practice in all the art forms, whether performing or visual arts, crafts, literature or music. Our interdisciplinary programmes, for both individuals and collaborating groups, offer time, space and freedom to make new work and to find new ways of working.

Some residencies are self-funded but most offer a fee and accommodation and for which selection is either by application or invitation.

Founded in 1999 by Peter and Eileen Jacobs, Cove Park is funded by Creative Scotland, by trusts and foundations and by the generosity of individuals. Their contributions are made on the premise that the vitality of the arts today, and the contribution they make to society, is based on the ability of artists to make new work on an ongoing basis.

Distinguished alumni include author Margaret Atwood and visual artist Simon Starling. Organisations such as the Royal Opera House and Sadler’s Wells have researched and made work at Cove Park.

The countries from which artists have come to Cove Park include Australia, Panama, Mexico, Spain, US, Nigeria, Germany, Holland, Israel, West Bank, China, India, France, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Ireland, Russia, Canada and Taiwan, as well as the UK.




  • Eileen Jacobs

    Eileen Jacobs co-founded Cove Park with her husband Peter Jacobs. She worked as an Occupational Therapist in the NHS, followed by forty years working in the Voluntary Sector while bringing up her children. Always interested in contemporary art, she makes sculptures and ceramics. Since 2000, she has been on the Selection Panel for Cove Park’s Visual Art and Craft Residencies and she is a Trustee of Cove Park.
  • Peter Jacobs

    Among many positions in industry, Peter Jacobs served as the Chief Executive Officer of BUPA from May 1991 to August 1999, before which he was Chief Executive Officer of British Sugar. He served as a Non Executive Director of RAF Strike Command and as a Non-Executive Director of Allied Domecq PLC from 1998 until January 30, 2004. He is a Trustee of Cove Park.


  • Max Carruthers

    Max Carruthers has spent 40 years in the insurance industry, mostly at COO or CEO level.  The roles have ranged from loss adjuster to Lloyd’s Broker to underwriter.  Common themes have been operational management, the cost effective use of technology to create trading advantage,  the use of data for competitive advantage and a unique experience in mergers and acquisitions.  Apart from the role of COO at Axa, from the mid 1990s onwards virtually all roles have been in businesses backed by private equity.  In 2013 he “retired” and set up his own consultancy to support business in his areas of specialism.  He is chairman or NED of several leading private equity backed companies in insurance and technology as well as being a founder or enthusiastic supporter of several technology start-up companies in the financial services and data arenas.  He also helps run two family businesses in Argyll.  Max lives in Cove.

  • Roberta Doyle

    Roberta Doyle has held senior management roles in marketing, communications and fundraising within Scotland’s largest cultural organisations. and has just retired as Director of External Affairs with National Theatre of Scotland, having previously been Director of External Affairs with the Scottish Opera, and Director of Public Affairs with the National Galleries of Scotland. She is a Governor of Glasgow School of Art and a Board Member of Theatre Babel. She has lectured and given papers widely in the UK and abroad on strategic issues relating to performing and visual arts audiences, marketing, communications, audience development and cultural industry management.

  • Carol Sinclair

    Carol Sinclair is the former Director of TRC Media with overall responsibility for the strategy and operation of TRC media’s activities. Carol was previously with Scottish Television, which she joined in 1984, holding various executive positions throughout her 14-year period with the company. Posts held included SMG’s Business Manager and Head of Broadcast Services. She also oversaw the company’s scheduling strategy, market planning, audience research, on-air promotion and programme acquisitions.

  • Dr. Francis McKee

    Francis McKee is the Director of the CCA in Glasgow and a tutor and research fellow at Glasgow School of Art.  From 2005 to 2008 he was also curator of Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Visual Art. He has curated many exhibitions including This Peaceful War, The Jumex Collection for the first Glasgow International in 2005; Zenomap (together with Kay Pallister), the presentation of new work from Scotland for the Venice Biennale in 2003; and he was one of the curators invited to contribute in Lyon Biennale 2007.

  • Hugh Anderson

    Hugh Anderson trained as an architect and has more than 30 years’ experience in both the theory and design of buildings. Hugh was educated at Oxford and London Universities and worked with the international design and consultancy practice DEGW where he was first a partner then director before establishing his own practice, Hugh Anderson Associates in 1994. He is a founder member of RIAS consultancy. He is a member of Cove Park’s sub-committee for capital development.

  • Seona Reid


    Dame Seona Reid is the Chair of Cove Park.  She served as Director of the Glasgow School of Art between 1999 and 2013 and Director of the Scottish Arts Council between 1990 and 1999, following a career in performing arts and arts funding.  She is currently Chair of the National Theatre of Scotland, Deputy Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund (National Heritage Memorial Fund) and Chair for Scotland; Scotland’s Commissioner on the UK–US Fulbright Commission and on the Board of the Tate Gallery.  She has served on a wide range of committees, commissions and boards in the arts and higher education sectors.


  • Derek Jacobi

  • Elizabeth Price

  • Margaret Atwood


  • Julian Forrester


    Julian Forrester was a theatre producer and director in the United States, and returned to the UK in 1984 to run Anthony Quayle’s touring theatre company, Compass. He then became freelance, with Prudential Awards for the Arts, the Royal Opera House, Dean Clough, Northern Ballet Theatre and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation among his clients.  He has been involved with Cove Park since the beginning.

  • Catrin Kemp

    Assistant Director

    Catrin has been at Cove Park since 2015. Having studied at Sussex University and the Actors’ Company, she has a background in theatre and has been a cross-discipline producer for ten years. Previous projects include the ground-breaking Inspiring Change project which brought national arts organisations into Scottish prisons, NVA’s Speed of Light and Glasgow 2014’s Commonwealth Games Ceremonies. Catrin is a Trustee of the Rothesay Pavilion Charity on Bute.

  • Alexia Holt

    Visual Arts Programme Producer

    Alexia Holt has worked at Cove Park since 2004 and produces its international programme of visual arts residencies and commissions. Prior to Cove Park, she was Curator at Tramway, Glasgow. A graduate of Glasgow University’s History of Art department, she also worked at Glasgow School of Art and the CCA whilst completing a Ph.D. on early twentieth century fashion design. She is currently Curator for the Scottish Print Network and has recently developed ‘Below another Sky’: an international programme of residencies, exhibitions and events for Scotland’s five print studios.

  • Dawn Youll

    Craft Programme Producer

    Dawn Youll is a ceramicist who exhibits across the UK and internationally and is represented by Marsden Woo Gallery , London. She studied Ceramics at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1999, and continued her studies at Cardiff School of Art and Design in 2007-8, after a period of working in the film and television industry. Prior to becoming Craft Programme Producer, Dawn worked as Craft Officer for Dumfries and Galloway Council and has taught at Glasgow School of Art and Grays School of Art in Aberdeen in the ceramics and 3D Design departments.

  • Polly Clark

    Literature Programme Producer

    Polly Clark’s debut novel Larchfield, described by Margaret Atwood as ‘a gripping turf war of the mind’, is published by Quercus March 2017. Also a poet, her three collections of poetry have among them been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize, won the Eric Gregory Award and twice been selected as Poetry Book Society books of the year. Larchfield won the MsLexia novel prize whilst still a manuscript, and her recent poetry pamphlet A Handbook for the Afterlife was shortlisted in the Michael Marks Awards. Polly’s second novel Tiger, set partly in the Amur region of Siberia and featuring a family of tigers, is due to be published Spring 2019.

  • Helen Voce

    Hands-On Programme Producer

    Helen is an independent project manager, programme and event producer working to support the artistic and professional development of creative practitioners, micro-businesses, projects and organisations locally, nationally, internationally and voluntarily. Having worked and studied in the creative industries since 1995, her professional specialism and personal interest is contemporary craft and design in Scotland, the UK and beyond.

  • Alex McEwan

    National Art & Design Saturday Club Tutor

  • Jenny Hunter

    Saturday Art Club Tutor

  • Soizig Carey

    Saturday Art Club Tutor