Partnerships Manager (maternity cover)

20 December 2018


The Partnerships Manager is one of Cove Park’s small, dedicated staff and is involved in all aspects of Cove Park’s work with specific responsibility for the development and management of residency-based partnerships, events and activities which complement the residency programme and provide crucial earned income to support that programme.  Cove Park’s current Partnerships Manager will take maternity leave from May 2019 for 10 months and ahead of that we are seeking someone for this part-time position.

The role is 3 days per week and dependant on experience will pay £18,000 (£30,000 FTE).

Please refer to the full Job Description for more details and how to apply. The deadline is 21st January 2019. Interviews will be held on 31st January or 1st February 2019.

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Scotland/Japan Residency Exchange Programme: First Residencies Announced

1 November 2018

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We are delighted to announce that the first residencies for artists based in Scotland as part of the Scotland/Japan Residency Exchange Programme have been awarded to the Glasgow-based artist Florence Dwyer and the Edinburgh-based design curator, writer and producer Stacey Hunter.

Florence and Stacey will travel to Japan in January 2019 for eight and six-week residencies respectively with Arts Initiative Tokyo and Creative Residencies in Arita. These residencies are part of a wider residency exchange programme developed collaboratively by Cove Park, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop and Hospitalfield with key partners in Japan. The programme marks the British Council’s UK/Japan Season of Culture 2019/2020 and the 2020 Olympic in Tokyo. In 2019 the Scottish partners will welcome artists from Japan to their own residency programmes and, in 2020, a further two artists from Scotland will have the opportunity to work in Japan.

This programme builds upon a residency exchange developed between Cove Park and AIT between 2012 and 2014. Our partnership with ESW and Hospitalfield ensures this project can work with and support more artists and allow those artists from Japan to experience more of Scotland and work directly with some of our leading residency organisations and production facilities.

These first residencies will give Florence and Stacey a unique opportunity to work both in Tokyo and in Arita, the birthplace of Japanese porcelain, and to benefit from the skill and expertise of the ceramicists connected to CRIA’s programme.

We are grateful to AIT, CRIA, British Council Scotland and Creative Scotland for their support and to the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Saga Prefecture International Affairs Division and the Agency of Cultural Affairs, Japan.

Image: The launch of the Scotland/Japan programme at Cove Park, 30 October 2018: (left to right) Laura Simpson (Director, ESW), Stacey Hunter (design curator), Florence Dwyer (artist), Shintaro Tokairin (Project Manager, AIT), Yoriko Ishizawa (Programme Director, CRIA), Lucy Byatt (Director, Hospitalfield), Alexia Holt (Associate Director, Cove Park). Photography: Alan Dimmick.


The Scotland/Japan Residency Exchange Programme is supported in the UK by the British Council/Creative Scotland, the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. We are also grateful to AIT and to CRIA for their support and the support of their own funders.



June 2018 Newsletter

7 June 2018


Cove Park’s June Newsletter includes information on all our current residents, the Scotland + Venice announcement and the launch of the MacLehose International Writer and Translator residency programme. Our Featured Artist this month is visual artist Lauren Gault.

Cove Park & The Lighthouse Residency

20 December 2017

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The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Architecture and Design, working in partnership with Cove Park, has developed a new opportunity for emerging designers, architects and craft practitioners. This residency has been developed with the aim of supporting the research and development of new work within the unique setting of Cove Park, with the eventual outcome of exhibiting work, research or outcomes within the Review Gallery at The Lighthouse.

The residency will run for two weeks from Monday 2 April and the artist will receive a fee and materials allowance. Applications should be sent directly to The Lighthouse and the deadline for submissions is 29 January 2018. Further information is available here.

Lost Wax Carving with Mirka Janeckova

19 October 2019


Lost Wax Carving is a two-day masterclass for people in Argyll and Bute who have an interest in jewellery making and design. You will have the opportunity to learn this fascinating technique from professional artist Mirka Janeckova. Mirka was resident at Cove Park in 2014 and is returning to teach this special weekend masterclass. Lost wax carving is one of the oldest jewellery techniques which has been used since prehistoric times. During this workshop you will make jewellery from special waxes which then can then be cast in a metal of your choice (silver, bronze or gold). You will learn about different carving and sculpting techniques, wax tools and jewellery waxes, casting process and finishing. Each participant will create their own set of jewellery – rings, earrings or pendants inspired by Cove Park’s unique surrounding. This workshop is suitable for people without any previous jewellery experience as well as jewellers who would like to learn this technique. Self catering accomodation is available for the Saturday night. The minimum age requirement for this event is 18. To book, please visit our Eventbrite page.

Image: Mirka Janeckova


Call for Applications – Summer Residencies 2018

4 October 2017


Cove Park is pleased to announce an open call for applications to its Crafts, Literature and Visual Arts programmes in 2018. These residencies are funded and will take place between May and September next year. For further information, details on how to apply and application deadlines, please see the Application Guidelines for each programme.

On Site: Drawing and Stitching Workshop

18 October 2019
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Join artist and former Cove Park resident Deirdre Nelson for an introduction to her work and an opportunity to create a small textile handkerchief or napkin. Inspired by the Cove Park site, participants will explore drawing and stitch as the starting point for their work. This short, introductory workshop will allow participants to go away with something to work on and develop in the future. No experience is necessary and the workshop is suitable for all. It is offered free of charge. To reserve a place, please visit our Eventbrite page.

Self-funded Residencies, December 2017 – February 2018

3 August 2017

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Last winter we ran a pilot, offering subsidised residencies during the months of December, January and February. Following the success of 2016 we are again offering residencies for individuals or groups of up to 12, at a special subsidised rate. We invite artists to apply for residencies for 3, 4 or 7 nights, or multiples thereof. For more information please visit the self-funded residencies section of the website.

Researcher in Residence

8 December 2016


In 2017, Cove Park will be working with the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH) to host a PhD student in March 2017, as part of our multi-disciplinary, year-round programme.

This one-week residency is open to doctoral researchers working in any area of the arts and humanities, including the creative arts and arts policy, and offers the chance to spend a week at Cove Park, giving focused time and space to develop an aspect of research. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to engage with residents from Cove Park’s partnership residency programme, including international artists working in the fields of animation, sound and visual art.

Applications are open to PhD students in arts and humanities at a SGSAH member HEI, in their 2nd or 3rd years. The residency will run 20th – 26th March 2017.

Please see the guidelines on the SHSAH website here. The deadline has been extended to Monday 6th February 2017.


Older Artists’ Lab

22 February 2019 - 28 February 2019



Open to Scotland-based artists in all artforms who are aged over 50, and led by Nicholas Bone and Alice McGrath from Magnetic North.

This lab is a partnership between Cove Park, Magnetic North, Luminate – Scotland’s creative ageing festival, and a-n The Artists Information Company.  It offers an opportunity for six older artists working in any art form to take part in a facilitated process, exploring how creativity can be nourished and how artists can challenge themselves to develop.  There will also be time for individual reflection and work.

The aims of the lab are to:

  • Create a supportive atmosphere for discussion
  • Stimulate dialogue about creative processes
  • Give space and time for artists to reflect on their own creative practice
  • Make time for individual reflection


The lab is open to artists who have recently embarked on a new artistic career including those who have trained at a young age and have returned to their practice later in life, those who have worked in the arts in different capacities and are now changing direction, and those who have come new to their artform in their later years.  We are keen to receive applications from artists who are about to embark on their new career, as well as those who have already begun to work professionally. Please see Luminate’s website for details of how to apply. This is a funded opportunity.

Deadline for applications: midday on Wednesday 4th January 2017.


Meet Your Maker – textiles & architecture event – 2016

27 September 2016

Cove Park will host its first Meet Your Maker event to celebrate and share the practice of two Scottish designers who took part in the 2016 summer residency programme. Tying in to the themes for the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, Cove Park will deliver an afternoon of presentations and workshops with knitwear designer Jennifer Kent of Edition Scotland and architect Andy Campbell of Dress for the Weather.

Both designers will offer a fascinating insight into the impact that an intense period of dedicated time has on a practice. Jennifer and Andy will set up examples of their work and working methods, and invite you to peek behind-the-scenes of their residency projects. Visitors will also be able to participate in workshops with both designers, trying their hand at designing and producing a sample on a domestic knitting machine and creating concrete casts by experimenting with pigment, dyes and aggregate.

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There will also be the opportunity to take a look around our brand new Artists Centre and explore the Cove Park site.

The event is FREE and will run from 12pm – 5pm on Friday 21st October. For more information please see our Eventbrite page or contact Dawn Youll at or on our temporary number 07500791942. 

Meet Your Maker is a rolling programme of demonstrations, showcases and workshops taking place at various locations across Scotland run by Craft Scotland.


images:  Jennifer Kent – Cove Park Studio (photographer Jennifer Kent), Andy Campbell – Cove Park studio (photographer Catrin Kemp)



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Upland at Cove Park

27 April 2016

Cove Park is pleased to be working with Upland this year and to host two residencies (one for a visual artist and one for a craft maker) in August and September 2016. These residencies will be awarded to Upland members based in Dumfries and Galloway. Application guidelines are available here and the deadline for submissions in Friday 20 May 2016.

Summer Launch Announced for Hands-On Cove Park

10 February 2016


Cove Park will launch a new educational, participatory and public event programme this summer. ‘Hands-On Cove Park’ is made possible by support from Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Robertson Trust and will benefit from the new Artist Centre, accommodation and studios currently being developed on site. ‘Hands-On’ will launch in July and will see existing educational activity, such as our Artists in Schools programme, delivered alongside new strands such as residential Portfolio Preparation Classes, Masterclasses and Saturday and Holiday Art Clubs. Further details on the programme will be announced this spring and a Media Release is available here: Hands-On Cove Park Media Release

Argyll Youth Arts

26 November 2015

Argyll Youth Arts increases opportunities for young people in Argyll & Bute to experience creative arts activity. It is one of nine regional arts hubs developed as part of Creative Scotland‘s Time to Shine initiative, empowering young people through the arts and arts projects initiated and inspired by young people, supported by and working with arts professionals from their community and beyond.

Argyll Youth Arts positions young people directly in control of originating the programme in their region, supporting them to develop the skills and creative vision to realise events within their community and connect to an Argyll-wide network of youth arts activities. At the core of the programme and network are the Young Promoters and Youth Arts TV Channel Managers who will curate their own youth arts activities, as well as create a dynamic online presence for the region’s young creatives to connect, share and grow together.

Cove Park with other professional arts organisations including Dunnon Burgh Hall, Comar, Artmap Argyll, Artsqwest and The Tower form a Steering Group supporting the Young Promoters and Youth Arts TV Channel Managers as well as delivering a range of other activities.

The Argyll Youth Arts logo is the winning design of Grace Carroll, a student at Locgilphead High School, who was mentored by designer Maeve Redmond, a resident at Cove Park in 2014.

Cove Park Development Blog charts construction of our New Artist Centre

21 September 2015


The construction of Cove Park’s new Artist Centre has begun and will complete in early summer 2016.

We will post images, stories and insights on the Cove Park Development blog over the coming months so you can keep up to date with progress.

The £1.4 million capital project is funded by Creative Scotland and a number of trusts and individuals, including major awards from the Robertson and the Monument Trusts. The new Centre has been designed by Cameron Webster Architects and is being built by Clark Contracts for Cove Park’s expanding programme of artist residencies and free public events, with spaces for workshops and performances and comfortable communal space for visitors.

The build includes two accommodation units and two studios, which will increase Cove Park’s capacity to twelve and allow a greater diversity of residencies for individuals and groups.

For further information please contact Julian Forrester directly:
01436 455063

Deirdre Nelson guest artist at Cowal Open Studios 2015

11 September 2019 - 28 September 2019 / Dunoon Burgh Hall

Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust have invited artist and previous resident Deirdre Nelson and her Glasgow School of Art (GSA) tutor, Hannah Frew Patterson MBE DA to exhibit their work as guest artists at Cowal Open Studios (COS).

Hannah worked as a designer for J&P Coats Ltd. before becoming a student at GSA where she subsequently taught for 22 years, being awarded an MBE in 1992 for services to embroidery. Her work has a special style incorporating 3D elements and meticulous stitchery. The panels Hannah made for Cardross Parish Church, local to Cove Park, are an outstanding example of ecclesiastical embroidery.

Deirdre Nelson, resident at Cove Park in 2010, was a student of Hannah’s at GSA. She also has a master’s degree in philosophy. Her work, fuelled by intensive research, crosses boundaries between traditional craft and contemporary art in an inclusive and humorous way. Community projects form an important part of her practice.

Hannah Frew Patterson and Deirdre Nelson runs from 11 – 28 September 2015.

Join Hannah and Deirdre In Conversation at Dunoon Burgh Hall on Saturday 12 September to hear them discuss their methods, inspirations and relationship that has taken them from GSA’s Embroidery and Weave department to the present day.

Cowal Open Studios  runs from the 25 – 28 September 2015.

New work by Jasleen Kaur premiered at Jerwood Makers Open 2015

6 July 2015

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‘Marbled Busts’, Polyurethane and Pigment’, Jasleen Kaur – photography by Sylvain Deleu

Forthcoming resident Jasleen Kaur is one of five new talents in contemporary applied arts selected for the Jerwood Makers Open 2015.

The prestigious award of £7,500 supports the selected artists to realise significant new projects, offering a rare opportunity for them to freely develop creative ideas central to their practices.

Jasleen, a Scottish Indian designer, has drawn parallels between Indian devotional sculpture and traditional western portrait busts to create a trio of busts cast in hand marbled plastic which subvert both the material and subject from the revered to the everyday.

Jasleen’s new work will be on show at Jerwood Space, London from 10 July – 30 August 2015 alongside Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, Malene Hartmann Raumussen, Ian McIntyre and Silo Studio.


Cove Park at the Merchant City Festival

30 June 2015


‘Balti: Unmeasured Measurements’, Jasleen Kaur – image courtesy of Pallant House Gallery

From 25 July – 2 August 2015 Cove Park will have a presence at the Merchant City Festival, Glasgow.

Designers and makers previously resident on the craft programme and coming this summer will share their experiences and expectations of this unique creative opportunity and showcase some of the work created whilst they were here.

Throughout the festival, the work of  Linda FlorenceJasleen KaurLaura Spring, Hannah Waldron and Dawn Youll will be exhibited in the Cove Park Showcase. This will be in the windows of the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration building on Bell Street, in the heart of the city’s cultural quarter.

On Saturday 1 August 2015 join us at City Halls for the Insight into the Cove Park Craft Residency Programme event and hear from previous residents, including ceramic artist Frances Priest, and view films by Beca Lipscombe of Atelier E.B. and James Thompson created whilst they were at Cove Park.

A full copy of the Merchant City Festival brochure can be downloaded here.

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Will Shannon and Linda Brothwell exhibit new commissions at Build Your Own, FACT, Liverpool

1 June 2015

Acts of Care: The Lost Letters of Liverpool

Craft Programme residents Will Shannon (2015) and Linda Brothwell (2012) are exhibiting new commissions at Build Your Own: Tools for Sharing at FACT, Liverpool.

The exhibition explores the connections between craft, technology and community. Commissions by Will, Linda, Rachel Rayns and DoES Liverpool showcase the potential of skill-sharing and collaborative making in the real world.

Will and Turner Prize 2015 nominees Assemble‘s Homework will set up a concrete casting factory in the backyard of a newly refurbished house in Toxteh, Liverpool, turning construction waste into mantelpieces to be installed in refurbished houses.

Linda will restore missing letters in iconic building signs in Liverpool with a new handcrafted alphabet that combines traditional English and Polish Wycinanki designs for her commission Acts of Care: The Lost Letters of Liverpool (see image).

Will and Linda will speak about the concepts and inspiration behind their commissions at the Build Your Own: Artist Talks, 12:30, Friday 5 June 2015, FACT.

Build Your Own: Tools for Sharing runs from 4 June -31 August 2015.

Sample Sale at Grey Wolf Studios, Glasgow, 25th July

25 July 2019 - 26 July 2019 / Grey Wolf Studios, 131 Craighall Road, Glasgow G4 9TN


Grey Wolf Studios is hosting an exciting sample sale featuring an amazing line up of designers, makers and artists including Cove Park artists Katy West and Laura Spring.

On offer will be many beautiful products such as out of production stock, samples, ex-display pieces and prototypes of mugs, lights, bags, pots, homewares and stationary. Discounts on offer will range from 20-70% off.
Designer Katy West is also planning to run an ‘enamel a plate’ collage workshop during this free event.

FRIDAY 25th JULY – 5pm – 8pm (launch event) SATURDAY 26th JULY – 12pm – 6pm

Scotland Can Make It!

19 July 2019 - 03 August 2019 / Southblock


Previous Cove Park residents Lucy McEachan and Catriona Duffy of Panel are launching ‘Scotland Can Make It’ this July to coincide with the Commonwealth Games. Designers commissioned to make souvenirs for the project include Cove Park artists Beca Lipscombe, Emlyn Firth and Katy West. The Scotland Can Make It! Shop will be open 19 July- 3 August at Southblock 50-68 Osborne Street, Glasgow. G1 5QH open 10 am – 6pm daily.

Scotland Can Make It! is a collection of six limited edition souvenirs, designed and manufactured entirely in Scotland. Commissioned by Panel for 2014 the souvenirs have been created by leading Scottish designers and artists in close collaboration with producers, fabricators and developers across Scotland. Presented for sale, they are the focus of a programme of events that celebrates our cultural heritage, creative practice, skill and production.The prototypes have now being developed into souvenirs for sale and acontinued public programme leading up to and coinciding with the Commonwealth Games in summer 2014.

Scotland Can Make It! is commissioned as part of Scotland’s Cultural Programme for London 2012 and Glasgow 2014.




New Show ‘Lub I Loop’ by Deirdre Nelson

18 February 2014


An exhibition of new work by Deirdre Nelson “Lub I Loop” opens on 4th March in Skye! Deirdre has been working as lead artist on a Spincycle-Skye project for Atlas Arts.

Throughout Summer and Autumn 2013 Deirdre Nelson visited crofters from a range of stock clubs across Skye and Raasay. Each crofter donated a fleece that has been spun by a spinner from Skye. Deirdre has knitted individual socks to highlight wool, crofting, craft skills and the feet that walk the land. This creates a loop, from fleece to spun wool to knitting.

The Secret Garden of Mitcham – Linda Florence

12 November 2013


Our 2013 UK Craft resident Linda Florence recently unveiled a new mural which was commissioned for Studio Weave’s One Mitcham project. The mural has been hand painted and printed on a long length of fence which edges the town centre’s car park and market place. Linda designed the hybrid botanicals which adorn the fence by looking at plants found locally, such as lavender, ferns and grasses, and combining them with other typically English blooms and with the pineapple, a traditional symbol of welcome. The screening printing technique used references the area’s printed tradition. For more information visit

House Style – Panel

12 November 2013


House Style, a new exhibition curated by Panel, is currently on at Glasgow’s Tramway. The show presents a series of new commissions made in response to the film series Roundabout, selected form the British Film Institute National Archive. The programme was produced in the 60s and 70s by the British Government through its Central Office of Information to promote the progressive nature of British design and manufacture to an Asian audience.

The exhibition includes work by Travis Jeppesen, Rob Kennedy, Daniel Padden and Cove Park’s 2013 International Craft resident Hilda Hellstrom. Two screening events will accompany the exhibition: A Brief Introduction to the Cinemagazine on 30 November 2013 at Tramway and The Stuart Hall Project on 1 December 2013 at the GFT.

Ermantrude’s Travels in Scotland – Charlotte Linton

25 June 2013

Ermantrude’s Travels in Scotland a new collection of printed scarves and Japanese Haori jackets by Charlotte Linton will be presented at an exhibition at the Lighthouse, Glasgow from 12th July – 30th August.

Linton was invited to exhibit at the Lighthouse after her 6 week residency at Cove Park, in 2012. She used the residency to research the immediate area as well as explore the Outer Hebrides. Photography, books, local museums and conversations with local residents and crafts people helped her collect material and ideas that formed the basis of the exhibition.

This exhibition is an opportunity to see how a collection is created. Combining Linton’s passion to demonstrate the potential of printed textiles to tell and record images and the craft heritage from specific geographical areas.

She says of her work:  “It has led me to identify what I feel defines Scotland, its people, its history and its representation in images and customs, and highlighted some of the crafts that are dying out.”

James Rigler

9 April 2013


Glasgow based artist James Rigler is currently showing new work at Marsden Woo gallery, London. In this solo exhibition of ceramic and mixed media objects titled “The Fading City”, Rigler explores the narrative power of historical and modern architectural elements and domestic interiors. The show is on from the 21 march – 4 May.

Nao Matsunaga

23 October 2012


Nao Matsunaga is currently exhibiting a new body of work at the Diawa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. ‘My Primal Memory’ reflects on Matsunaga’s ideas and experiences of dual cultural and national identity having grown up in both Japan and England. The exhibition can be seen in the Japanese House Gallery from 19 October – 13 December.

Laura Spring

17 October 2012


The Lighthouse, Glasgow presents Laura Spring’s new textile collection.   Focusing on the relationship between print and function, Spring’s bespoke luggage and clothing features designs developed while on residency  at Cove Park in 2010.  The exhibition opens on 25th October and runs until 3rd December in the Review Gallery.

James Rigler ‘Room Service’

3 October 2012


Cove Park’s 2011 ceramics resident James Rigler has created a new installation at Pollock House commissioned by The Lighthouse, Glasgow.  Rigler has responded to the grandeur and formality of the house in its heyday. His interventions create new narratives and offer an alternative interpretation of the house and its contents, encouraging visitors to look again at the many features and details throughout the house and gardens.  ’Room Service’ runs from 2nd October -4th November 2012. For more details see

Nao Matsunaga ‘Stones and Bones’

10 September 2012


Nao Matsunaga‘s first solo exhibition Stones and Bones opens at Marsden Woo Gallery, London on 13th September and runs to 27th October.

Matsunaga was on residency at Cove Park in 2010.  This new body of work shows further development in his exploration of the dualities and contradictions in materials, surfaces and textures. His beautiful and strange sculptures made predominately from ceramic and wood are distillations of natural and cultural references, they speak of enduring human concerns and personal and collective experience.