Hands-On is a programme of free creative workshops, events and talks for people in Argyll and Bute led by national and international professional artists currently and formerly resident at Cove Park. The programme of educational and participatory creative activities runs throughout the year offering something for young children, families and older people alike. Hands-On increases opportunities for people in the region to access and participate in the arts, providing them space, time and freedom to learn creative skills, develop ideas, and enjoy the arts.

Following are events coming up in the spring 2017 programme. You can read more about them and book your place by following the links below or at the Hands-On Cove Park Eventbrite webpage.


Saturday Art Club
Regular free art club sessions for children aged 7-11 to explore their creativity with professional artists.
Summer Term Dates – 10:00-12:30, 29 April, 6, 13, 20 & 27 May, 3 & 10 June 2017

Bettys Bay Oct 2014

Before and After: Writing Crisis with writer Margie Orford
A two-day masterclass for people who have a story to tell focussed on crisis.
Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 April 2017

The Hands-On programme runs in parallel with Cove Park’s international artists residency programme, harnessing the creative talent we host at the southern reaches of Argyll and Bute every year, and have done since Cove Park opened in 2000.

Here is a taste of the events and activities we hosted in Autumn 2016.


In ’1973: Dance and Movement Workshop’, choreographer Janice Parker invited first time dancers and those still dancing to move and experience movement in the surroundings of her archive of 43 years of creating dance with people of all abilities. The workshop featured in Luminate: Scotland’s Creative Ageing Festival 2016.


National Art & Design Saturday Club at Cove Park offers young people aged 12-18 the unique opportunity to explore, expand and enhance their creative skills at regular sessions. Led by professional artist Alex McEwan, Club sessions nurture members artistic / design talent and provides them with the space and time to enjoy what inspires and engages them. Club sessions complement members’ schoolwork and builds their creative confidence and self-esteem at a time when they are considering future study options. Cove Park is the first National Art & Design Saturday Club in Scotland the UK network. Our Club members, aged 13-16, recently had their self-portraits exhibited at Central St Martins in London, went on a creative excursion to Edinburgh and will exhibit their work in their own Summer Show at Somerset House, London organised by the Saturday Club Trust.

Led by former residents, our weekend Masterlcasses provide participants with the space, time and freedom to create and develop work, learn new skills, processes and techniques in the relaxed and supportive environment of the artist residency centre. They are pitched at those with no, some or considerable arts experience. This image is from Developing Your Design Process through Drawing, Colour and Pattern with knitwear designer Jennifer Kent of Edition Scotland.


Prints of Play! with textile designer Laura Spring was the first of our Holiday Art Clubs. Inspired by play, participants designed and printed their own unique t-shirts. Holiday Art Clubs will take place at Cove Park during the Easter, Summer and October school holidays.


Hands-On is a two-year pilot programme running until Summer 2018. Many of the events and activities take place in Cove Park’s expanded Artist Centre. With the new building Cove Park will have, for the first time, spaces dedicated to participatory activities for individuals and groups. Activity will be free, unless residential, in which case a charge will be applied.

Cove Park has been awarded funding from two major UK Trusts, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and The Robertson Trust, to realise Hands-On. With further support from Argyll Youth ArtsThe Bridge Awards and Cass Art.

The programme will be managed by the Hands-On Programme Producer working in partnership with the Hands-On Board, a voluntary steering group of representatives from our local and regional community.

To hear about Hands-On activities as they are announced choose ‘Subscribe’ from the above menu, selecting the ‘Hands-On Cove Park’ option from the dropdown.

For further information about Hands-On visit our Facebook page or contact,

Helen Voce, Hands-On Programme Producer
01436 850500

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