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.