Assistant Director, Maternity Cover

18 January 2017 - 13 February 2017


The Assistant Director 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 partnerships, events and activities which complement the residency programme and provide crucial earned income to support that programme.

To provide maternity cover for Catrin Kemp, Cove Park is looking for someone to be involved in all aspects of Cove Park’s work as described above but we would consider a person whose abilities are more suited to the administrative aspects of the role, with a secondary responsibility for event and partnership management which would in that case be shared with the Director.

Please see the full job description (PDF) for details of the role and apply in writing to Julian Forrester, Director, by 13th February 2017.

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 2017 - 28 February 2017



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.


Hands-On happenings

22 November 2016


This Autumn, our Hands-On programme of creative workshops, events and talks for people in Argyll and Bute led by artists currently and formerly resident at Cove Park has taken on a pace.

Get a flavour of what has happened in our ‘Developing Your Design Process’ and ‘November Blueprints’ Masterclasses and the ‘Prints of Play!’ Holiday Art Club on the Hands-On webpage. Plus, find out about the beginnings or our Saturday Art Club (ages 5-11) and National Art & Design Saturday Club (ages 12-18) sessions. The latter recently had their self-portraits exhibited at Central St Martins, London and went on a creative excursion to Edinburgh to visit the Dovecot Studios (See image), the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Details of the spring 2017 programme will be announced shortly. To be the first to hear about it choose ‘Subscribe’ from the above menu, selecting the ‘Hands-On Cove Park’ option from the dropdown.


Cove Park Translation Centre

28 July 2016






JULY 29TH 2016


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


Birkbeck / Sophie Warne Fellowship

21 March 2016

The Birkbeck / Sophie Warne Fellowship for an emerging writer supports an outstanding graduate of the Birkbeck Creative Writing MA at a critical juncture in their writing life. We offer the writer time and space to pursue a project or new ways of working free from the pressure of specified outcomes, within the context of a professional residency. The residency also offers opportunity make contacts among established artists across all disciplines and others in the arts. The residency is a partnership between Cove Park, Birkbeck and the family of Sophie Warne.

Cove Park, haa design & Arts & Business Scotland

21 March 2016


Cove Park, the UK’s only dedicated residency centre for artists of all disciplines, is excited to announce it has successfully secured sponsorship and funding for the internal fit-out and some furnishing within its brand new £1.4m Artist Centre, by Cameron Webster Architects, currently under construction. Arts & Business Scotland have awarded a New Arts Sponsorship Grant for key pieces of furniture, match-funding the in-kind sponsorship Cove Park is receiving from award-wining Glasgow-based interior architects haa design.

haa design is working closely with Cove Park and Cameron Webster Architects to plan the fit out of its new main kitchen and advise on furnishing the new communal spaces, accommodation and studios.  The new building will open in summer 2016 and will comprise multi-purpose rooms allowing up to 60 people to take part in activity related to Cove Park’s residency programmes. A large communal kitchen and dining area, meeting room, office spaces, an archive and library as well as 2 new studios and 2 new accommodation units (one of which will be fully accessible), will take Cove Park’s residential capacity to 12. The new Artist Centre overlooks Loch Long and the Firth of the Clyde, on Cove Park’s outstanding 50-acre site on the Rosneath Peninsula.

“To have a hand in this building is a fantastic opportunity,” said Hugh Anderson, Director of haa design. “The culture of Cove Park is unique and the atmosphere that requires to be reflected within the Artists’ Centre will echo the open and collaborative way in which residents come together. As we see it, the style which has been set by the building itself, of openness and simplicity, requires to be enhanced at the same time as making the communal spaces comfortable and welcoming.”

From this summer, Cove Park will, for the first time, be able to operate throughout the year, fostering creative exchange between artists, its local community, staff, board and visitors. It will provide larger and fit for purpose facilities enabling Cove Park to deliver an expanded artistic programme of free on-site community and education activities called ‘Hands-On Cove Park’.

Chair of Cove Park’s Board, Dame Seona Reid said, “The in-kind support from haa design and match-funding from Arts and Business Scotland is a welcome boost for our plans to create a very special Artist Centre at Cove Park. It will ensure that high quality equipment and furniture matches the elegant architecture of our new Centre and provides ever more of a draw to those who seek space, time and the stimulation of good company in a beautiful setting.”

The New Arts Sponsorship Grant scheme encourages private sector sponsorship of cultural activity in Scotland. Funded by the Scottish Government via Creative Scotland and administered by Arts & Business Scotland it offers £1 for £1 match funding to cultural organisations, which have secured sponsorship from an eligible business.

Arts & Business Scotland Chief Executive David Watt said: “Cove Park’s brand new Artist Centre is a fantastic facility which will bring huge benefits to artists, the community and the wider public. We’re delighted to be able to support its development through the New Arts Sponsorship Grants programme and look forward to seeing the project come to fruition.”

Image courtesy of CameronWebster Architects.

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

New Writers Award winners at Cove Park

20 April 2015


We are delighted to welcome the Scottish Book Trust’s New Writers Award winners to Cove Park this week. These prestigious awards offered each year include a bursary and a week at Cove Park in an association between our two organisations which encourages the best new writing from Scotland. With us this week are: Stephen Keeler; Michael Richardson; Claire Squires; Aiko Greig; Julie Martis and DP Colgan and you can find out more about them on the SBT website:

Rachel Cusk on Baileys Prize shortlist

14 April 2015


The new novel from from acclaimed novelist and memorist Rachel Cusk is on the prestigious Baileys Prize shortlist. It was also shortlisted for the Folio Prize. Rachel is one of our Literature Residents this year at Cove Park, and the manuscript of OUTLINE was completed on a previous residency in 2012.


Empire Cafe at Cove Park

27 July 2017 - 09 August 2017 / The Briggait

This July Cove Park will be partnering with Louise Welsh and Jude Barber’s Empire Café project, hosting the poets Fred D’Aguiar, Millicent Graham, Dorothea Smart, Sasenarine Persaud and Malika Booker.

Current resident Fred D’Aguiar and the Empire Cafe will be presenting work as part of our Friday Events in August.

The Empire Café is a week-long event exploring Scotland and the North Atlantic slave trade in the context of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The Empire Café will be based in the Briggait (home of the Merchant’s Steeple) in Glasgow’s Merchant City from 24th July – 1st August. It will host a series of debates, musical performances, art installations, academic papers, literary readings, films, workshops, exhibitions and discussions exploring Scotland’s involvement in the North Atlantic slave trade.

Kate Tough’s new novel ‘Head for the edge, keep walking’ out now

16 July 2014


Recent Scottish Literature resident Kate Tough released her first novel in May, attracting rave reviews. Kate worked on the novel whilst on Cove Park’s Fielding Programme and we are proud to have been part of her success.

Released through Cargo publishing, Kate presents the character Jill Beech, whose nine year relationship has ended, covering her sadness with madness, she goes dancing with her off-beat friends and attempts a series of hilariously bad internet dates. Then life is flipped on its head once more by some shocking news.

Kate’s novel is available to purchase through Cargo’s website.

The Scottish Book Trust at Cove Park

20 February 2014


The Scottish Book Trust are at Cove Park this February, bringing the five writers Martin MacInnes, Malachy Tallack, Ann Mackinnon, Juliette Forrest and Jonathan Durie as part of their New Writers Awards 2014. Each writer will be given time to work as part of their award with the trust.

Christos Tsiolkas

14 January 2014

Currently on a UK book tour promoting his new novel ‘Barracuda’, former Literature resident Christos Tsiolkas will be in conversation with Lee Randall at Looking Glass Books, Edinburgh, on Sunday 19 January at 6pm. Tsiolkas began work on the book whilst on a 3 month International Literature residency at Cove Park back in 2010. Barracuda’s protagonist is swimmer Daniel Kelly and the novel deals with themes of dreams, disillusionment, friendships and family.

Information about reserving a place can be found at


News from Cove Park

12 November 2013

Building Image

As anyone who has been to Cove Park will know, we have fabulous places to live and work but a small and rather battered central building, which limits the potential for creative exchange which is at the heart of all that we do.

Cove Park’s Artists (the 1,300 creative people who have been residents here since 2000) have told us, variously, of the need for two more bedrooms and two new studios (one sound-proofed) and separate areas for entertaining and working, as well as a proper library, IT and archive spaces. A brand new building, planned for where the old one was, will have them all.

Architects Cameron Webster have, in other words, designed proper facilities for artists and public areas from which we can promote wider appreciation in the process of making new work. Creative Scotland has £620,000 of the costs and we need to find the rest: £700,000.

We will begin construction in 2014 and we are now approaching trusts, foundations and individuals to help. If you believe that the ability of artists to make new work is important to our cultural life, and are in a position to help, please get in touch and/or contribute via a crowd-funding campaign underway in a few weeks.

Julian Forrester (Director)

Chika Unigwe nominated for IMPAC Dublin Award

12 November 2013

Congratulations to Chika Unigwe, our International Writer in 2013 whose novel NIGHT DANCER has been nominated for the 2014 IMPAC Dublin Award! The longlist for this prestigious award also includes Richard Ford for CANADA and Hilary Mantel for BRINGING UP THE BODIES. The Award is one of the richest in the world with a first prize of €100,000. Fingers crossed Chika, we are so proud!

Chiew-Siah Tei’s new novel published

12 November 2013

The Mouse Deer Kingdom is the book Chiew-Siah Tei worked on during her 2012 residency at Cove Park. It is a tale of love and betrayal set against the backdrop of a troubled time when hundreds of thousands of Chinese fled poverty and the Qing Empire for Southeast Asia. This is Chiew’s second novel; her first, the acclaimed Little Hut of Leaping Fishes, was listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize and Best Scottish Fiction Prize, and won the Readers’ Choice Award (Malaysia).

Cove Park artists in British Ceramics Biennial

24 September 2013


The 3rd British Ceramics Biennial is about to take place in Stoke on Trent and will run from 28th September to 10th November. Cove Park is delighted to see that the festival will feature a number of previous craft residents. Andrea Walsh, Katy West, Nao Matsunaga and James Rigler all have worked selected for the Awards exhibition sited at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. The show features 22 artists all working in ceramics, 1 of which will be awarded £10,000. Josh Bitelli who was on residency at Cove Park in 2013 has worked featured in Fresh, an exhibition of selected recent graduates from UK art schools. Aswell as exhibitions the biennial is host to numerous events, talks and workshops in venues all across the city. For more information see

Seona Reid appointed as new Chair of Cove Park’s Board.

18 September 2013

We are very pleased to announce that SEONA REID CBE has been appointed the new Chair of Cove Park’s Board. She takes over from Peter Jacobs who, with his wife Eileen, founded Cove Park in 2000 and has been its Chairman ever since.

Peter said: “In thirteen short years Cove Park has grown from a dream that Eileen and I had of a special place where artists could be free to create as they wish, into a centre unique in the UK and a vital part of the Scottish cultural scene. We are absolutely delighted that Seona will be taking us into a new era, one of capital expansion and growth in our artistic programmes. Seona has been a trustee for ten years and there could not be a better time for us to benefit from her experience, knowledge and energy. We look forward greatly to working with her at this transforming time for Cove Park.”

Seona Reid has had a highly distinguished career, most recently as Director of the Glasgow School of Art. She is a previous Director of the Scottish Arts Council and has extensive management and governance experience across all the artforms. Seona is also Chair of National Theatre of Scotland, a Trustee of Tate and Deputy Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Seona said “Cove Park is an amazing place and it has been a real pleasure for me, over the past decade of my involvement, to watch the way it has encouraged such a range of creative people here and abroad. I look forward to continuing to pursue the dream of its founders Peter and Eileen. Their generosity and vision have greatly influenced the cultural landscape of Scotland. We owe them a great debt and I am delighted that they will both remain on the Board. I also look forward to working with Cove Park’s team of specialist staff, whose experience and commitment are key to what makes Cove Park the special place it is.”

Locale – Dawn Youll

13 September 2013

‘Locale’ a new solo exhibition by Dawn Youll opens at Marsden Woo Gallery, London on 14th September and runs until 2nd November with a preview evening on Wednesday 18th. In this new body of work Youll continues to explore a personal landscape, taking aspects of the home, the street and the studio environment, analysing and distilling the essence of ordinary objects and creating vibrant ceramic compositions.


Alison Turnbull & Philip Hoare

4 September 2013

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We are pleased to announce that Creative Scotland has awarded Cove Park funding to support a major project by visual artist Alison Turnbull and writer Philip Hoare. This project includes a book focusing on Linn Botanic Gardens – an outstanding garden located in Cove on the Rosneath peninsula – and two permanent public artworks by Turnbull to be sited in the gardens in 2014. Further details will follow shortly.

James Rigler ‘Perspectives – Patrons and Contemporary Objects’

17 June 2013


Perspectives – Patrons and Contemporary Objects is Contemporary Applied Arts‘ launch exhibition to mark the opening of their new exhibition space in Southwark. The exhibition features work by nine makers including James Rigler, who was nominated by The Duke of Devonshire to make a new ambitious work in response to parts of Chatsworth House. The exhibition will be on from 21st June to the 31st August 2013.

Catherine Aitken

12 November 2012

In August 2012 following her residency at Cove Park, Catherine Aitken was  announced the winner of Time to Design at the Danish Art Workshops. Catherine’s winning project Fade will be on exhibition at the Normann Copenhagen Flagship Store from 23rd  November until 6th December 2012.

Ellen Banda-Aaku – Commonwealth Book Prize

14 May 2012


Award winning Zambian author, Ellen Banda-Aaku, has made the 18-person shortlist for the 2012 Commonwealth Writers Book Prize, with her novel, Patchwork. Banda-Aaku is currently on residency at Cove Park.

Awarded for best first book, the Commonwealth Book Prize is open to writers who have had their first novel (full length work of fiction) published between 1 January and 31 December. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £10,000. Chair of the Commonwealth Book Prize in 2011, Margaret Busby said “The significance of a prize such as this becomes greater with each year. It is vital to encourage and celebrate the talent of newly emerging novelists whose words have the potential to inspire and enrich the entire literary world. Searching out and promoting the best first books of fiction internationally is a serious task, a great honour and a wonderful challenge.”

Ellen has already won the Macmillian Writers Prize, The inaugural Penguin Prize for African Writing and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for her work. She comes to Cove Park as part of our Writers of the African Commonwealth series in partnership with Creative Scotland’s Creative Futures.


Maria Fusco – Sailor

28 March 2012

Previous Cove Park resident Maria Fusco will present a new project at Whitechapel Gallery, London, next month. This new sound work features extracts from her novel ‘Sailor’, a work the writer developed during her 2011 residency.



Opportunity for Poets

26 October 2011


Calling all poets: a unique opportunity at Cove Park to develop your performance and find your true voice.

Applications are welcomed from poets to take part in this course from April 2nd – 7th 2012. The deadline for applications is Friday December 8th 2011. For a course description and other details please email Polly Clark on

Click here to view the flyer for this course, and go to ’2011′ on this website to find out more about the 2011 course.




Contemporary Souvenir 14th October – 13th November 2011

14 October 2011



A new solo exhibition by artist Deirdre Nelson ‘Contemporary Souvenir’ opens this Friday 7pm at Sirius Arts Centre . Cobh. Co Cork Ireland. With an interest in social history Nelson has  explored the colourful town of Cobh and its stories of lace makers, knitters, ships, emigration, and the sea. The exhibition runs from 14th October – 13th November.

Jerwood Makers Open

28 September 2011

The Jerwood Charitable Foundation who generously support Cove Park, invite artists from across making disciplines to submit proposals for Jerwood Makers Open, a £37,500 exhibition and commissioning opportunity from Jerwood Visual Arts. For more information about this opportunity see the Jerwood Makers Open website.