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!

The Secret Garden of Mitcham – Linda Florence

12 November 2013


Our 2013 UK Craft resident Linda Florence recently unveiled a new mural which was commissioned for Studio Weave’s One Mitcham project. The mural has been hand painted and printed on a long length of fence which edges the town centre’s car park and market place. Linda designed the hybrid botanicals which adorn the fence by looking at plants found locally, such as lavender, ferns and grasses, and combining them with other typically English blooms and with the pineapple, a traditional symbol of welcome. The screening printing technique used references the area’s printed tradition. For more information visit

House Style – Panel

12 November 2013


House Style, a new exhibition curated by Panel, is currently on at Glasgow’s Tramway. The show presents a series of new commissions made in response to the film series Roundabout, selected form the British Film Institute National Archive. The programme was produced in the 60s and 70s by the British Government through its Central Office of Information to promote the progressive nature of British design and manufacture to an Asian audience.

The exhibition includes work by Travis Jeppesen, Rob Kennedy, Daniel Padden and Cove Park’s 2013 International Craft resident Hilda Hellstrom. Two screening events will accompany the exhibition: A Brief Introduction to the Cinemagazine on 30 November 2013 at Tramway and The Stuart Hall Project on 1 December 2013 at the GFT.

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.

Room for Laarni, Image Moderator – Adam Chodzko

12 November 2013


A new solo exhibition by Adam ChodzkoRoom for Laarni, Image Moderator, opened on 5 November 2013 at Marlborough Contemporary. It is the artist’s first solo project at the gallery and continues his interest in ideas of remoteness and intimacy and what is public and private through the interweaving of documentary and fiction. Using Laarni, a fictional image moderator from the Philipines as its central character, Chodzko explores ideas around the dissemination of imagery via social media across the globe and the visual narratives projected by social media users in the west. The exhibition runs until 21 December 2013.

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).

Alison Turnbull – De La Warr Pavilion

12 November 2013

Alison Turnbull

An exhibition of new and recent work by former Visual Arts resident Alison Turnbull opened at the De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill-on-Sea, on 9 November 2013. In a series of intricate abstract paintings and drawings, Turnbull explores ideas around observation, orientation and perspective.  As well as wall pieces, across the gallery space are six of the artist’s Drawing Tables: an ongoing series of drawings made on printed stationery from around the world, presented in specially designed tables. This exhibition continues until 23 February 2014.