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Researcher in Residence

8 December 2016

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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.

 

The Hands-On Cove Park events programme is go!

19 September 2016

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Hands-On Cove Park is a programme of talks, workshops and events for people in Argyll & Bute led by professional artists currently and formerly resident at Cove Park.

We are delighted to announce the first events in the programme launched at our Community Open Day on Saturday 17 September 2016.

Beginning in October you can choose from:

1. a week long Create Your Portfolio course for young people wanting to prepare and compile a portfolio to apply for the creative higher education course of their choice

2. 1973: Dance and Movement Workshop for over 50s with dance-maker and choreographer Janice Parker, part of Luminate: Scotland’s Creative Ageing Festival

3. absorb yourself in a weekend dedicated to Developing Your Design Process, through Drawing, Colour and Pattern with knitwear designer Jennifer Kent of Edition Scotland

4. try your hand at producing knitwear samples with Jennifer Kent and concrete casting with architect, Andy Campbell of Dress for the Weather at a Craft Scotland Meet Your Maker event.

And starting in November – with a seasonal whizz bang of course! – sign up your young creatives to regular Saturday Art Club sessions for 5-11 year olds or National Art & Design Saturday Club sessions for 12-18 year olds.

You can find out about the above events and more as we announce them, and book your place at hands-on-cove-park.eventbrite.co.uk.

We look forward to welcoming you to Cove Park!

Image: Jennifer Kent’s studio at Cove Park

1973: Dance and Movement Workshop

13 September 2016

We are delighted to announce our first event in the Luminate: Scotland’s Creative Ageing Festival programme.

1973 is a dance and movement workshop for anyone over 50 with choreographer Janice Parker built around her archive of 43 years of creating dance with people.

The workshop is for all abilities (you will dance seated and standing) and levels of experience from first time (always wanted to dance but never tried) to professional (still dancing) dancers.

The free event will take place at Cove Park from 14:00-16:00 on Friday 14 October 2016. For further information and to book visit
hands-on-cove-park-1973-dance-movement-workshop.eventbrite.co.uk

1973, in partnership with Janice Parker Projects, is part of Hands-On Cove Park.

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Community Open Day 2016

30 August 2016

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Community Open Day

2-6pm, Saturday 17 September 2016

Take a look inside the new Artist Centre, meet resident artists and get creative with a taste of our ’Hands-On’ programme at the Cove Park Community Open Day.

This summer we opened our new Artist Centre, the Jacobs Building. We’d like to invite you to come on inside and have a look around and much more besides.

Our resident writers, artists and craftspeople offer a warm welcome into their studios where you can find out what they have been working on this Summer. Either join a guided tour starting at the Artist Centre at 2:30pm or 3:30pm to visit the studios, or explore the site at your leisure.

During the afternoon we will have drop-in creative workshops for children and young people, a taster of our forthcoming Hands-On Cove Park programme of creative workshops, events and talks for people in Argyll & Bute led by our current and former resident artists.

To end the day (hopefully bathed in sunlight on the decking!) please join us for a BBQ from 5-6pm.

We look forward to welcoming you to Cove Park!


The day is for all to enjoy. For your own comfort when visiting the site please note:

1. there is ramped access to the Artist Centre from the car park and level access throughout the building
2. sturdy footwear or wellies are recommended, especially if it rains!
3. as we have highland cows and grazing sheep, please don’t bring dogs, except Guide Dogs
4. children must be supervised at all times

Cove Park seeks Saturday Art Club Tutor

20 August 2016

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Cove Park seeks an experienced professional creative practitioner to deliver their Saturday Art Club for children aged 5-11 from Argyll & Bute within their Hands-On Cove Park programme.

The successful candidate will have:

1. knowledge and experience of working across many creative sectors and with varying media, reflecting the breadth of our international residency programme
2. a minimum of three-years experience, or equivalent, devising and delivering creative activities for children and young people
3. the ability to inspire, excite, encourage, engage and motivate children to enjoy, learn and develop from their own and others participation in and enjoyment of creative activities

Hands-On is a new and exciting programme of creative educational and participatory public events for people in Argyll & Bute responding to our international residency programme. Hands-On comes at a critical and exciting time in Cove Park’s development with the opening of our new Artists Centre. The Saturday Art Club is a core strand of Hands-On activity for children and young people running concurrently with the National Art & Design Saturday Club (for ages 12-18) to be led by a to be appointed National Art & Design Saturday Club Tutor.

The appointment is on a self-employed freelance part-time basis, initially for 24, three-hour sessions from October 2016 – June 2017. A fee of £2,430 – £2,880 will be paid, dependent on experience and in line with SAU rates of pay.

Full details about the position, including how to apply, are provided in the Saturday Art Club Tutor Job Information (0.5MB PDF).

The application deadline is 17:00 on Monday 12 September 2016.

Applications should be emailed to Helen Voce, Hands-On Programme Producer, helen.voce@covepark.org. Please direct questions about this position by email to Helen in the first instance.

Please download and complete a Cove Park Monitoring Form and submit it with your application.

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Cove Park seeks National Art & Design Saturday Club Tutor

20 August 2016

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Cove Park seeks an experienced professional creative practitioner to deliver their National Art & Design Saturday Club for young people aged 12-18 from Argyll & Bute within their Hands-On Cove Park programme.

The successful candidate will have:

1. knowledge and experience of working across many creative sectors and with varying media, reflecting the breadth of our international residency programme
2. a minimum of three-years experience, or equivalent, devising and delivering creative activities for young people and children
3. the ability to inspire, excite, encourage, engage and motivate young people to enjoy, learn and develop from their own and others participation in and enjoyment of creative activities

Hands-On is a new and exciting programme of creative educational and participatory public events for people in Argyll & Bute responding to our international residency programme. Hands-On comes at a critical and exciting time in Cove Park’s development with the opening of our new Artists Centre. The National Art & Design Saturday Club is a core strand of Hands-On activity for young people and children running concurrently with the Saturday Art Club (for ages 5-11) to be led by a to be appointed Saturday Art Club Tutor.

The National Art & Design Saturday Club (NADSC) links school children aged 13-16 with tutors and professional creative practitioners via a programme of creative sessions at arts organisations and venues across the UK that complement the school curriculum and develop young people’s talents, life skills and confidence. Cove Park is the first NADSC in Scotland and will enable young people from Argyll & Bute to connect into a national creative programme at a time when they are exploring and deciding on their future education options.

The appointment is on a self-employed freelance part-time basis, initially for 24, three-hour sessions from October 2016 – June 2017. A basic fee of £2,430 – £2,880 will be paid, with an additional fee of 5 days at £215 – £266 per day for attendance of NADSC activity in London. The fee is dependent on experience and in line with SAU rates of pay.

Full details about the position, including how to apply, are provided in the National Art and Design Saturday Club Tutor Job Information (0.5MB PDF).

The application deadline is 17:00 on Monday 12 September 2016.

Applications should be emailed to Helen Voce, Hands-On Programme Producer, helen.voce@covepark.orgPlease direct questions about this position by email to Helen in the first instance.

Please download and complete a Cove Park Monitoring Form and submit it with your application.
Further information about the NADSC can be found at saturday-club.org/, in the Saturday Club Trust document (4MB PDF) and the 2016 Yearbook (available on request).

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Summer Launch Announced for Hands-On Cove Park

10 February 2016

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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

Cove Park seeks Hands-On Programme Producer

14 January 2016

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Hands-On Programme Producer Generous funding from the Robertson Trust, complementing its grant to the construction of Cove Park’s new Artists Centre, has made possible a new post for the organisation which comes at an exciting and critical time in its development. Cove Park runs an annual programme of residencies for national and international artists working in all art forms and at all stages in their careers. Founded in 1999 by Eileen and Peter Jacobs, it provides artists with the time, space and freedom to create new work and to make significant developments in their practice. Its aim is to enable artists to develop new ideas in a stimulating and vibrant context, creating opportunities for professional development, interaction and collaboration. To date, Cove Park has supported over 1,300 national and international artists. In 2015 work began at Cove Park on the development of its new Artist Centre (a communal space housing staff offices, library, meeting/dining area and practical facilities for the artists). The new Centre, due for completion in the Spring of 2016, will include for the first time dedicated spaces for educational and participatory projects. In addition, this capital redevelopment programme will also deliver two new units of accommodation and two studios. This significant enhancement of our facilities will enable Cove Park to fulfil its long-standing ambition to run a year-round programme of educational and public events that respond to our innovative residency programme. The Hands On Programme Producer will develop and deliver ‘Hands-On Cove Park’, the title of our new educational, participatory and public events programme made possible by the generous funding by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.  It will launch in the late Spring of 2016.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities Terms and Conditions of Employment

  • This appointment is a part-time and is initially for 2 years (though expected to continue beyond), and is based upon two days per week. These hours can be flexible and will involve an amount of weekend/evening working.
  • The appointment is offered on a self-employed freelance consultant basis. The post holder will therefore be wholly responsible for the payment of his or her own income tax, pension and National Insurance contributions in respect of the fee.
  • The post holder will be paid £131.25 per day.
  • The post holder will be based at Cove Park on the west coast of Scotland and should live in the locality
  • The post holder will undergo a background check by Disclosure Scotland under the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme ahead of appointment.

Staffing Structure The post holder will be responsible to the Director, and will work alongside Programme Producers for Crafts, Literature and the Visual Arts and the Assistant Director. Person Specification 

  Essential Desirable
Knowledge and Experience A knowledge of and enthusiasm for all forms of contemporary artExperience of coordinating arts, educational and participatory projects with and for professional artists and arts organisationsExperience of working with community organisationsExperience of working with children and young people Event management experience Experience of producing risk assessments Line management experience Knowledge of current child protection legislation Management of budgets Excellent communication skills An arts degree or equivalentExperience of working with people with additional needsGood knowledge of the Argyll and Bute regionExperience of working in or developing a steering group or board
Special Aptitudes     Good practical skills in the areas of art projects, presentation equipment and art materialsComputer literateAbility to work on own initiative, as part of a team and to manage, lead and motivate othersCar driver with full licence Knowledge of equal opportunities issues and practicesTrained first aider.

How to Apply Please send us your CV and a letter of application explaining why your skills and experience are suited to this position and what you feel you will bring to the organisation. Please refer to the Job Description and person specification. Please also include:

  • Your contact details including preferred email address
  • Contact details of two referees with one of them being your current or most recent employer. Please also let us know whether we can contact them before you are offered the position.
  • Where you heard about the job
  • Whether you have unrestricted rights to work in the UK

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 5th February 2016. Interviews will take place during the week of 15th February 2016. Please send applications to: Julian Forrester Director Cove Park Peaton Hill Cove Argyll & Bute G84 0PE julian.forrester@covepark.org www.covepark.org Please feel free to let us know if you have any special requirements or would like any other assistance: information@covepark.co.uk

 

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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

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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:
julian.forrester@covepark.org
01436 455063

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.