Cove Park’s February Newsletter

15 February

Cove Park’s February Newsletter has information on all our current residencies and a new residency taking place in March developed with Glasgow International. Our Featured Company this month is Cryptic and you find out more about the company’s Winter Residency Programme and the artists taking part this season.

SGSAH Research Residencies 2018

22 January


A call for applications to this year’s Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities Research Residencies has just been announced. These are to support a doctoral researcher in arts and humanities at a SGSAH member HEI to spend one or two weeks at Cove Park in March this year. Further information is available here and the deadline for applications is 19 February.

Cove Park’s January Newsletter

17 January


This month’s Newsletter has information on all our current residencies, opportunities and information on our forthcoming Hands-On Cove Park programme. Our Featured Artist is Florence Dwyer: Florence took part in our 2017 programme of Crafts residencies and will also lead workshops as part of Hands-On this year. A very happy 2018 to all our friends, supporters and of course the artists, companies and groups we work with!

Cove Park’s October 2017 Newsletter

17 October 2017


Read more about Cove Park residencies, funded opportunities and events in this month’s Newsletter! Our Featured Artist this month is writer Heather Parry, recipient of this year’s Scottish Emerging Writer residency.

Cove Park’s September Newsletter

12 September 2017

Our September Newsletter has information on all our current programme, events and forthcoming opportunities. August’s Featured Artist is the London-based artist, designer and current resident Linda Florence.

Analysing Artists Residencies – A PhD Collaboration & Opportunity

10 August 2017


In partnership with the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities, Glasgow School of Art, the University of Glasgow, the Bothy Project and The Work Room, Cove Park is pleased to be part of a new PhD project focussing upon the impact of artists residencies upon individuals’ artistic practice. For further information and details of how to apply please click here

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.

Cove Park’s June Newsletter

13 June 2017


Cove Park’s summer programme is in full swing! Our monthly Newsletter has updates on all our current artists, events and our Hands-On Programme. This month’s featured artist in Luke Pell.

We’re Recruiting – Hands-On Programme Co-ordinator

22 May 2017


The closing date has now passed. Interviews will take place at Cove Park during the week beginning 12 June 2017.

Cove Park’s May 2017 Newsletter

16 May 2017

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Cove Park’s third monthly Newsletter features news on who’s here this month and details of our current Hands-On Cove Park programme. Our Featured Artist this month is composer and musician Sally Beamish. To receive the Newsletter each month, please join our mailing list.

Cove Park’s April Newsletter

18 April 2017


Cove Park’s second monthly Newsletter features news on who’s here this month, details of our Spring Hands-On Cove Park programme and a call for applications to Choreographer & Collaborator Residencies developed in partnership with The Work Room. Our Featured Artist this month is Sarah Forrest. To receive the Newsletter each month, please join our mailing list.

Cove Park’s March Newsletter

14 March 2017

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Cove Park issued the first of what will be our monthly Newsletters this March. These will include news of our current programme and the artists and organisations we are working with. It will also feature the work of one of our former residents, highlighting both the impact the residency had upon their work and current projects. Information on future residency opportunities and events will also be announced in our Newsletter. To receive this each month, please join our mailing list.

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 2018 - 28 February 2018



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.


Cove Park Translation Centre

28 July 2016






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COVE PARK is delighted to announce its new TranslationProgramme, in partnership with Publishing Scotland, which this year brings two translators each for a four-week residency at Cove Park. The programme is designed to develop their practice and also boost the profile of literary translation.

Anne Brauner, of Cologne, and Clara Pezzuto, from Milan, will each take up a residency in September. Both translators are working on books by Scotland based authors, and their residency at Cove Park will enable them to get a feel for the setting of the books, as well as meet the author and network with publishing professionals in Scotland.

In 2017, the Translation Programme will expand to include partnerships with Writers Centre Norwich and University of Glasgow, in addition to a continuing relationship with Publishing Scotland, creating a truly UK-wide and outward looking programme. Highlights include residential mentoring for translators and poet-poet translation, as well as a sizeable increase in the number of translation residencies available.

The Translation Programme has been generously funded bythe UK National Lottery through Creative Scotland Open Project Funding for two years, with the aim of developing translation into a permanent strand of Cove Park’s interdisciplinary artistic programme. Currently Cove Park is Scotland’s International Artist Residency Centre, and aims with this new programme to become Scotland’s Translation Centre as well.

Publishing Scotland is the network body for the publishing industry in Scotland and administers the Publishing Scotland Translation Fund on behalf of Creative Scotland.


For further information please contact: Polly Clark, Cove Park Literature Programme


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.

Invitation to comment on Cove Park’s site plans

30 October 2018 - 06 November 2018

Site Consultation

Recently we had a consultation with interested members of our local community to see how best Cove Park can develop its site in ways that will improve access and opportunity. We have now produced a draft report which summarises the ideas and thoughts that arose on the day, and we are now inviting comments on it from those who came and have had further ideas, or those who could not attend on the day but want to contribute. It can be downloaded here:

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In brief, we propose a native woodland on Cove Park’s site, and also a polytunnel accessible to the local community. How might these be made of best use to you?

Other key ideas which emerged were using Cove Park as a site for John Muir projects with local schools, and also linking our woodland with the two neighbouring woodlands and possibly including a trail.

Your comments on these ideas and anything else  in relation to the benefit to the community of these plans will be incorporated into our final report.

Please email your comments to by Friday November 6th.

Please email your comments to

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

Research Residencies 2015

4 June 2015

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Cove Park is pleased to announce details of a new series of self-funded residencies available from September 2015. Designed to support research connected to the arts and culture in the broadest sense, this series will take place within the context of Cove Park’s internationally acclaimed residency programme.

Located on an outstanding 50-acre site overlooking Loch Long on Scotland’s west coast (just one hour from Glasgow), Cove Park provides unique, comfortable and well-equipped spaces in which to live and work.

This series is founded upon our experience of hosting former research residents (such as Maria Fusco, Reader, School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art; Professor Ysanne Holt, Department of Arts, University of Northumbria and Dr. Craig Martin, School of Design, Edinburgh College of Art) and will become an important element of Cove Park’s annual programme.

Cove Park’s Cubes can be hired for £50 per night, based on single occupancy for two nights or more. To launch this series, Cove Park will offer a 10% discount on bookings over 5 nights and a further 20% discount on bookings made for subsequent residencies.

We have a limited number of spaces available this autumn – please get in touch quickly to reserve yours!

For further information, please contact Julian Forrester:

01436 850123

Cove Park Seeks Assistant Director

6 May 2015


Cove Park wishes to appoint an Assistant Director to join its small, dedicated team. The postholder will be involved in all aspects of Cove Park’s work but with specific responsibility for its public engagement initiatives and the development and management of events, partnerships and activities that complement, and earn funds to support, its summer residency programme.

We are looking for someone with the knowledge and professional experience of working with artists and arts organisations across the UK; a track record of producing and programming successful revenue-generation events in an arts facility; experience of creating and managing educational and community events. Knowledge and professional experience of the creative industries, of the arts internationally and of running a building are desirable. We need strong planning, prioritisation and time management skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks and activities.

This is a full-time, permanent position. Salary circa £27,000 per annum (depending on experience). To apply, please submit a covering letter and CV. Deadline for applications: Friday 5 June 2015, 5.00pm. Interviews at Cove Park on 16 and/or 17 June 2015. For an informal chat about the position, please call Julian Forrester on 01436 850123.

For further information please see the Job Description.

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Residency & Creative Events Facilitator

15 April 2015



Cove Park invites applications for the new position of Residency & Creative Events Facilitator. The position is an opportunity for a talented, recent graduate starting their career in the arts.



This is a full-time 6 month position based at Cove Park with a salary of £15,500 per annum pro rata. The facilitator’s role will be to offer vital practical support to the artists taking part in our 2015 summer residency programme, both in terms of their experience on site and the development of their work. The Facilitator will also have responsibility for Cove Park’s internal Creative Events – an informal series of talks and studio visits designed to encourage discussion and debate among the resident and visiting artists, vital to the success of the residencies. This will provide direct and valuable experience of devising and delivering a programme within a vibrant contemporary art context.

This post is offered as part of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Programme, aimed specifically at recent arts graduates whose circumstances mean they would not otherwise be in a position to develop their skills and CV through unpaid work experience.

In order to be eligible applicants must have:

1. Graduated from an undergraduate arts degree in 2013 or 2014 with a 2:2 (or higher) OR be graduating in 2015 and predicted a grade 2:2 or above and

2.Must have been in receipt of a full maintenance grant during the full period of their course

Please ensure that you meet these criteria before applying for this position.

The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme is run by Jerwood Charitable Foundation with the support of Garfield Weston Foundation, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust.

For further information and details on how to apply, please download the following documents:

Job Description/How to Apply


Please send your application to by 5.00pm on MONDAY 11 MAY 2015. Interviews will take place at Cove Park on WEDNESDAY 20 MAY 2015.

Friday Events

27 June 2018 - 26 September 2018 / Cove Park

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A new programme for summer of 2014 of talks, readings and studio presentations by Cove Park’s resident artists and invited guests. These events are free and everyone is welcome!

During August, these events continue to represent the full range of our national and international residencies in crafts, literature and visual art. All the events begin at 4pm.

This Week:

Friday 19 September, 4.00pm – visual artist CARA TOLMIE.



Argyll & Bute Youth Arts Development Hub

8 April 2014

Launch of Scotland’s Youth Art’s Strategy Time To Shine

Cove Park in partnership with eight other arts and youth providers in Argyll & Bute has been awarded £400,000 by Creative Scotland to support the development of a Youth Arts Hub in the region.

The funds are being awarded as part of Scotland’s Youth Arts Strategy Time to Shine and Argyll & Bute is one of nine groups of organisations that have the potential to create a network of regional Youth Arts Hubs across the country.

Comar will lead the project for Argyll & Bute and we are delighted to also be working with Dunoon Burgh Hall, Artmap Argyll, ArtsQuest, The Touring Network, Argyll College, Argyll & Bute Council and URTV.

For more information see the Creative Scotland website.

Breaking Ground in Summer 2015

20 February 2014


The £1.4 million needed to start the capital redevelopment of Cove Park has been raised and we will be breaking ground this summer! A number of trusts and foundations have generously committed to the project as have many generous individuals and others who prefer to remain anonymous. We are enormously grateful to them all:

John Paul Getty Junior Charitable Trust
Alma and Leslie Wolfson Foundation
Hazel Cosgrove
P and J Rothman
Clive Beecham
Brian Levy
Jonathan Silver
Lewis and Alberga
Ruth and Brian Levy
Ruth and David Rothenberg
Stephen and Roberta Rosefield
Cruden Foundation
David and Ofra Emmanuel
Gerry Grimstone
Mackintosh Foundation
Maurice and Susan Cresswell
Patricia Jacobs
Deirdre Bernard
James and Morag Anderson
Caroline Younger Foundation
PF Charitable Trust
Peter and Eileen Jacobs
Foyle Foundation
Binks Trust
Robertson Trust
Monument Trust
Boyd Tunnock
Seona Reid
M Linklater
Briony Lavery
Lady Nancy Brown
Bruce Minto


Sea Change – Cape Farewell

12 November 2013


Cape Farewell present Sea Change, an exhibition of work produced in response to a series of expeditions on and around the Scottish Islands. Cape Farewell’s founder David Buckland along with artists, scientists and environmentalists met at Cove Park in 2011 for a weekend of discussion around the subject of a cultural response to climate change and we have followed the progress of the resulting expeditions since. Prominently featured in the exhibition is 2010 Craft resident Deirdre Nelson who has been involved in two projects Bird Yarns and Sexy Peat.

The exhibition is now on at the John Hope Gateway at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and runs until to 26 January 2014.

Cove Park Open Day – 17 August 2013

31 July 2013

Cove Park’s annual Open Day will take place on Saturday 17 August from 3.00pm. Please come to meet our artists in residence, see work in progress in the studios and hear a reading of new work. The artists on site are visual artist Melissa Gordon, designers Josh Bitelli, Linda Florence and Emlyn Firth and writer Jess Richards.

This free event will include a BBQ and music from acclaimed band Rapido Mariachi. A surprise screening will also be introduced by Cove Park artist Rob Churm!

The studios will be open from 3.00pm with music and BBQ from 5.30pm.Visitors are also welcome to explore Cove Park’s stunning 50-acre site overlooking Loch Long.

A free bus will leave from Glasgow’s CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, at 2.00pm and will return around 10.00pm. To book your place on the bus, please contact Emmie Mcluskey at Cove Park:


Oliver Clark

25 April 2013

For the last 20 years Oliver Clark has made films for television and theatrical presentation, working for internationally renowned broadcasters including the BBC and for creators including New Guide to Opera, Unhold Productions and Stans Cafe.
In 2003 he directed Conflicts: Chechnya for BBC Three, which was one of the only films ever made about the Chechen war for British television. It was 30 minutes long, summed up the history of the conflicts (with personal testimony), used TATU music and was all true.
The very first episode of the much loved BBC series Coast was directed by Oliver Clark. Internally at the BBC it was regarded as a disaster – until the viewing figures came in. The style he created spawned many imitators, and the series went on to become an institution.
Oliver has produced and directed household name gardening and lifestyle programmes including Gardener’s World and Round the World in Eighty Gardens and Hairy Bikers. He won a TV Quick for Hairy Bikers Bakeation.
For a stage-show called Das Ende des Golfstroms (I woz here) Oliver made a film-lament to the gulf-stream. It was shot on location across Russia, Denmark, the Faeroes and Iceland and the few words spoken were in Russian.


The Sea Change Festival

28 May 2012

Cove Park is delighted to announce that one of this summer’s residents, Jo Royle, will be taking part in the first Peninsula West Community Development Trust’s Festival of the Arts. The Festival, which takes place here on the Rosneath peninsula on Saturday 9 June, is launched at Cove Park on Friday 8 June with a special event led by Jo Royle. Jo is internationally recognised as one of Europe’s leading female ocean yacht skippers: she will be talking about her experiences building and sailing Plastiki, a vessel made from 12000 plastic bottles which she skippered across the Pacific. Further information on the event and festival is available on facebook. Jo is at Cove Park as a Creative Catalyst resident from 8 – 18 June 2012.



Cape Farewell: 2011 Scottish Islands Expedition Update

4 August 2011


2011 Scottish Islands Expedition 


15 July – 12 August 2011

Cape Farewell, which encourages the artist’s response to climate change through expeditions to the high arctic, has in partnership with Cove Park organised an expedition along the west coast of Scotland which has just passed its half-way point. So far over thirty artists and scientists have spent time exploring the impact of climate change on island cultures and ecologies and investigating approaches to stewardship, community development and responsible resource use. Breathtaking landscapes, memorable moments with basking sharks and puffins, encounters and conversations with inhabitants of the islands have created a stimulating and thought provoking environment for the crew. 

Watch an interview with Xiaolu Guo.

Novelist and Filmmaker Xiaolu Guo in conversation with follow voyager and filmmaker Fiona Cunningham-Reid: ‘For me it’s important to have a first hand feeling instead of second hand archive research. I think for artists it’s very important to see.’  Video by Fiona Cunningham-Reid.