Older Artists’ Lab

22 February 2019 - 28 February 2019



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.