Cove Park Development Blog charts construction of our New Artist Centre

21 September


The construction of Cove Park’s new Artist Centre has begun and will complete in April 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 architects CameronWebster and is being built by Clark Contracts for Cove Park’s expanding programme of artist residencies and 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

Abraham Cruzvillegas in conversation with Francis McKee

23 September 2015
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An opportunity to hear acclaimed visual artist Abraham Cruzvillegas (born Mexico City, 1968) discuss his recent projects in conversation with Francis McKee, Director of Glasgow’s CCA. This event takes place as the artist prepares to launch the inaugural Hyundai Commission for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in October this year.

Abraham Cruzvillegas has received international recognition for his work, which in recent years has often been created in relation to the concept of ‘autoconstrucción’ (self-construction), which he derives from the ad-hoc house-building undertaken by his family and other migrants to Mexico City in the 1960s. Since undertaking a six-month residency at Cove Park in 2008, and as a result presenting the exhibition ‘Autoconstrucción’ at CCA in the same year, Cruzvillegas has exhibited widely. Recent solo shows include: Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2014); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2014); Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis (2013); CCA Wattis, San Francisco (2009). He has also been included in many group exhibitions, including: Sharjah Biennial (2015); The Shanghai Biennial (2012); dOCUMENTA 13 (2012) and the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011).

Tickets cost £3.00, the event begins at 6pm. To book, please click here.

For further information, please contact Cove Park directly:
07340 091952

This event is organised by Cove Park in collaboration with the CCA and the University of Glasgow’s School of Culture and Creative Arts.

Lauren Printy Currie, ‘bleus’

29 August 2015
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New work by Lauren Printy Currie
Saturday 29 August 3-5pm, Cove Park

A special event to mark the final week of Lauren Printy Currie’s one-month visual arts residency.

Lauren creates assemblages of image, text, sound and objects that hybridise the material and spatial possibilities of objects. Her working processes are part of an on-going enquiry into the authority of the word sculptural as a signifier revealing the multiple artefacts through which sculpture exists and how the intertwinement of matter and language can become meaningful.

This event will take place in the artist’s studio. Refreshments will be served in Oak Pod. When arriving at Cove Park, please park by the former Centre (this is now closed as work is due to begin on a new building). Signs will show the way to the studios and members of staff will be on site to help.

Please RSVP by Friday 28 August to

New work by Jasleen Kaur premiered at Jerwood Makers Open 2015

6 July

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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.


Christine Borland & Brody Condon

21 March 2015 / Cove Park


On Saturday 21 March 2015 Cove Park will host a special event led by visual artists Christine Borland and Brody Condon. Visitors are invited to witness an ambitious open-air firing of hundres of clay pieces being made for the artists’ forthcoming exhibition ‘Circles of Focus’ at CCA Glasgow. This free event will begin at 5pm and continues until 9.00pm. Places are limited and please contact CCA directly to reserve your place.

Abraham Cruzvillegas Awarded Tate Turbine Hall Commission

22 January


Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas has accepted the Tate Turbine Hall Commission for 2015. The artist was on residency at Cove Park during 2008 on a Henry Moore Fellowship developed in partnership with CCA, Glasgow. During his time on site, Cruzvillegas produced a new body of work which was shown at CCA in a solo exhibition in the same year. We would like to congratulate Abraham on this wonderful news.

Maria Fusco Awarded Art Angel Open Commission

17 July 2014


Cove Park artist Maria Fusco has been awarded a 2014 Art Angel Open Commission. Maria will realise a site specific performance and work for radio shaped by a cavernous space excavated inside a mountain near the appropriately named Loch Awe in Scotland.

Maria’s proposal was chosen from over 700 submissions by a panel comprising film director Clio Barnard, artist Roger Hiorns, BBC Radio 4′s Arts Commissioning Editor Tony Phillips, and Artangel Co-Directors James Lingwood and Michael Morris.

GENERATION, 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland

01 March 2015 - 17 January 2015

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Cove Park is taking part in GENERATION: a nationwide celebration of contemporary art in Scotland, with a new commission by Glasgow based artist Alex Frost.

The GENERATION programme traces the developments in art in Scotland since 1989. It shows the generation of ideas, of experiences, and of world-class art on an unparalleled scale by over 100 artists in more than 60 venues. The artists within GENERATION came to attention whilst working in Scotland, helping to create the vibrant and internationally recognised contemporary art scene that exists here today.

Many former and current Cove Park artists are taking part, including: Luke Fowler, Ciara Phillips, Simon Starling, Nick Evans, Sara Barker, Graham Fagen, Roderick Buchanan, Michael Fullerton, Fiona Jardine, Charlotte Prodger, Cara Tolmie, Rob Churm, Lorna Macintyre, Sophie MacPherson, Sarah Forrest and Hanna Tuulikki. Exhibitions and events are taking place all over Scotland, for more information please visit the Generation website.

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‘The Patrons’, Alex Frost

7 May 2014


Cove Park is pleased to announce details of ‘The Patrons’, a major new work by Glasgow-based artist Alex Frost, commissioned by Cove Park for GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland. This work will be shown on site from Saturday 21 June and builds upon recent public commissions by the artist.

Visitors will be welcome on site to see the work every Friday afternoon from 27 June – 26 September 2014, 12noon – 5.00pm. Alternatively, please contact Cove Park directly to make a special appointment to visit. During this time, Cove Park will also host a series of special talks and events on Friday afternoons, linked both to the commission and to the work of our artists in residence.

Cove Park is located on Argyll and Bute’s Rosneath peninsula, amid Loch Long, the Firth of Clyde and the Gareloch, just one hour west of Glasgow. The peninsula’s development is closely intertwined with that of the city. It is an area that is historically rich, both in terms of its naval and maritime importance and as a location that has attracted and hosted artists: from painters associated with the ‘Glasgow Boys’, and architects such as Alexander ‘Greek’ Thompson and Edwin Lutyens in the nineteenth century, to Cove Park itself, one of the UK’s leading artist residency centres.

Reflecting upon this history, and on historical and contemporary notions of patronage, ‘The Patrons’ will focus upon the Kibble Palace, an impressive glasshouse built by Glasgow merchant John Kibble for his grounds at nearby Coulport House and donated to Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens as a ‘Palace of Art’ in 1873.

This commission has been generously supported by The Elephant Trust and Outset Scotland, a new philanthropic network dedicated to the support of contemporary art..


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Cove Park artists to explore the BBC archives

20 February 2014


Cove Park artists Luke Fowler, Stephen Sutcliffe, Torsten Laushmann and Kate Davis have been selected to be given access to explore the BBC archives in order to create their own artworks inspired by classic and lesser-known BBC programmes from throughout its history.