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Hula: Film Screening and Q&A

14 September 2017
/ 19.30 / Cove Burgh Hall

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In association with the Cove and Kilcreggan Film Society, we are pleased to host a screening of the short film Hula, followed by a Q&A with the film’s Director Robin Haig. This event will take place at Cove Burgh Hall on Thursday 14 September (from 7.30 – 9.30pm). To reserve your free ticket, please visit our Eventbrite page. This event is part of our Hands-On Cove Park programme.

About the Film:

Winning Best Drama at the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards in 2016 Hula is a gently humorous drama about divorcee Clara. Reluctant to engage with her Highland community, she setus up her empty-nest home as a B&B. Her first guest is an artist who introduces her to change by rearranging the beroom feng shui style. Next, a pair of elderly tourists painfully remind Clara of the joys of love. Finally a hilwalker, as lonely as she is but not nearly so stuck initiates an evening of unexpected hilarity which spurs her onwars to a new, ultimately more promising phase in her life.

About the Director:

Robin Haig is a writer/director from the Highlands of Scotland who is currently developing her first feature film, part of a trilogy, and a TV drama series based on her award-winning short Hula.

Image: Blyth Duff as Clara

Meet the Artist: Sahej Rahal

16 August 2017 / Cove Park

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This special event marks Sahej Rahal’s current residency at Cove Park. Based in Mumbai, Sahej has been invite by Cove Park and CCA Glasgow to spend 10 weeks in Scotland this summer. During this time he is developing a new body of work for presentation in CCA’s gallery spaces. The exhibition, Barricadia, will be his first in Scotland and runs from 16 September – 29 October 2017.

This event is an opportunity to meet the artist and to see his work in development in the studio and on site at Cove Park. The artist will also discuss his work and forthcoming exhibition with CCA Curator Ainslie Roddick.

Supported by The Henry Moore Foundation and British Council Scotland.

Scottish Indian refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

This event begins at 5.00pm. It is a free event but capacity is limited: please reserve your ticket via Eventbrite.

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Light’s Out Listening Group Special Taster Event

4 June

PrintJoin us at Cove Park for a special edition of Lights Out Listening Group hosted by resident artist Mark Vernon, 18:00-19:30, Tuesday 6 June 2017.

Normally based in Glasgow, Lights Out Listening Group is an open submission listening event that takes place in almost complete darkness. For this special taster event at Cove Park, Mark has selected pieces from the Lights Out Listening Group’s archives that range from sound art and spoken word to experimental music and radio works. Amongst many other things Tuesday’s programme will feature; underwater singing, a duet with a Hydram pump, the close up snuffling of a Pekingese dog, vocalisations in the amazing acoustics of the Hamilton Mausoleum with its legendary 15-second echo, a sonic tour of the last brewery in Alloa, a recreation of the sounds heard by tinnitus sufferers, cleaning rituals, random iPod shufflings, the destruction of a piano and Michael Bay’s ASMR relaxation tape.

This is the first in a series of monthly Hands-On events this summer that offers you the opportunity to meet some of the 30+ artists resident at Cove Park.

Cove Park’s April Newsletter

18 April

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Cove Park’s second monthly Newsletter features news on who’s here this month, details of our Spring Hands-On Cove Park programme and a call for applications to Choreographer & Collaborator Residencies developed in partnership with The Work Room. Our Featured Artist this month is Sarah Forrest. To receive the Newsletter each month, please join our mailing list.

Meet Your Maker – textiles & architecture event – 2016

27 September 2016

Cove Park will host its first Meet Your Maker event to celebrate and share the practice of two Scottish designers who took part in the 2016 summer residency programme. Tying in to the themes for the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, Cove Park will deliver an afternoon of presentations and workshops with knitwear designer Jennifer Kent of Edition Scotland and architect Andy Campbell of Dress for the Weather.

Both designers will offer a fascinating insight into the impact that an intense period of dedicated time has on a practice. Jennifer and Andy will set up examples of their work and working methods, and invite you to peek behind-the-scenes of their residency projects. Visitors will also be able to participate in workshops with both designers, trying their hand at designing and producing a sample on a domestic knitting machine and creating concrete casts by experimenting with pigment, dyes and aggregate.

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There will also be the opportunity to take a look around our brand new Artists Centre and explore the Cove Park site.

The event is FREE and will run from 12pm – 5pm on Friday 21st October. For more information please see our Eventbrite page or contact Dawn Youll at dawn.youll@covepark.org or on our temporary number 07500791942. 

Meet Your Maker is a rolling programme of demonstrations, showcases and workshops taking place at various locations across Scotland run by Craft Scotland.

 

images:  Jennifer Kent – Cove Park Studio (photographer Jennifer Kent), Andy Campbell – Cove Park studio (photographer Catrin Kemp)

 

 

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1973: Dance and Movement Workshop

13 September 2016

We are delighted to announce our first event in the Luminate: Scotland’s Creative Ageing Festival programme.

1973 is a dance and movement workshop for anyone over 50 with choreographer Janice Parker built around her archive of 43 years of creating dance with people.

The workshop is for all abilities (you will dance seated and standing) and levels of experience from first time (always wanted to dance but never tried) to professional (still dancing) dancers.

The free event will take place at Cove Park from 14:00-16:00 on Friday 14 October 2016. For further information and to book visit
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1973, in partnership with Janice Parker Projects, is part of Hands-On Cove Park.

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Community Open Day 2016

30 August 2016

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Community Open Day

2-6pm, Saturday 17 September 2016

Take a look inside the new Artist Centre, meet resident artists and get creative with a taste of our ’Hands-On’ programme at the Cove Park Community Open Day.

This summer we opened our new Artist Centre, the Jacobs Building. We’d like to invite you to come on inside and have a look around and much more besides.

Our resident writers, artists and craftspeople offer a warm welcome into their studios where you can find out what they have been working on this Summer. Either join a guided tour starting at the Artist Centre at 2:30pm or 3:30pm to visit the studios, or explore the site at your leisure.

During the afternoon we will have drop-in creative workshops for children and young people, a taster of our forthcoming Hands-On Cove Park programme of creative workshops, events and talks for people in Argyll & Bute led by our current and former resident artists.

To end the day (hopefully bathed in sunlight on the decking!) please join us for a BBQ from 5-6pm.

We look forward to welcoming you to Cove Park!


The day is for all to enjoy. For your own comfort when visiting the site please note:

1. there is ramped access to the Artist Centre from the car park and level access throughout the building
2. sturdy footwear or wellies are recommended, especially if it rains!
3. as we have highland cows and grazing sheep, please don’t bring dogs, except Guide Dogs
4. children must be supervised at all times

Cove Park Tours/Hinterland

22 March 2017 - 23 March 2017
/ 15.30 / Cove Park

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Scotland’s Festival of Architecture & Design is launched this month with Hinterland: an opportunity to experience Scotland’s greatest modernist ruin, Kilmahew/St. Peter’s, near Cardross, Helensburgh. To mark this event, Cove Park is offering free guided tours from 3.30 – 4.30pm on 22 and 23 March. These tours will focus upon the site and the unique accommodation and studios Cove Park provides for its artists and visitors: specifically our ‘Cubes’, produced by the London-based company Urban Space Management from recycled shipping containers, and the ‘Pods’, wooden buildings designed by Glasgow-based architect Andrew McAvoy. The tours will give an insight in to how these buildings, and a new Artists Centre currently being constructed on site, respond to the environment in which they are located and support our wider programme. To reserve a free place, please book via Eventbrite

Invitation to comment on Cove Park’s site plans

30 October 2017 - 06 November 2017

Site Consultation

Recently we had a consultation with interested members of our local community to see how best Cove Park can develop its site in ways that will improve access and opportunity. We have now produced a draft report which summarises the ideas and thoughts that arose on the day, and we are now inviting comments on it from those who came and have had further ideas, or those who could not attend on the day but want to contribute. It can be downloaded here:

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In brief, we propose a native woodland on Cove Park’s site, and also a polytunnel accessible to the local community. How might these be made of best use to you?

Other key ideas which emerged were using Cove Park as a site for John Muir projects with local schools, and also linking our woodland with the two neighbouring woodlands and possibly including a trail.

Your comments on these ideas and anything else  in relation to the benefit to the community of these plans will be incorporated into our final report.

Please email your comments to polly.clark@covepark.org by Friday November 6th.

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Deirdre Nelson guest artist at Cowal Open Studios 2015

11 September 2017 - 28 September 2017 / Dunoon Burgh Hall

Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust have invited artist and previous resident Deirdre Nelson and her Glasgow School of Art (GSA) tutor, Hannah Frew Patterson MBE DA to exhibit their work as guest artists at Cowal Open Studios (COS).

Hannah worked as a designer for J&P Coats Ltd. before becoming a student at GSA where she subsequently taught for 22 years, being awarded an MBE in 1992 for services to embroidery. Her work has a special style incorporating 3D elements and meticulous stitchery. The panels Hannah made for Cardross Parish Church, local to Cove Park, are an outstanding example of ecclesiastical embroidery.

Deirdre Nelson, resident at Cove Park in 2010, was a student of Hannah’s at GSA. She also has a master’s degree in philosophy. Her work, fuelled by intensive research, crosses boundaries between traditional craft and contemporary art in an inclusive and humorous way. Community projects form an important part of her practice.

Hannah Frew Patterson and Deirdre Nelson runs from 11 – 28 September 2015.

Join Hannah and Deirdre In Conversation at Dunoon Burgh Hall on Saturday 12 September to hear them discuss their methods, inspirations and relationship that has taken them from GSA’s Embroidery and Weave department to the present day.

Cowal Open Studios  runs from the 25 – 28 September 2015.

Abraham Cruzvillegas in conversation with Francis McKee

23 September 2017
/ 18 / Yudowitz Lecture Theatre, Wolfson Medical Building, University Avenue, Glasgow

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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:

information@covepark.org
www.covepark.org
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 2017
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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 alexia.holt@covepark.org

Cove Park at the Merchant City Festival

30 June 2015

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‘Balti: Unmeasured Measurements’, Jasleen Kaur – image courtesy of Pallant House Gallery

From 25 July – 2 August 2015 Cove Park will have a presence at the Merchant City Festival, Glasgow.

Designers and makers previously resident on the craft programme and coming this summer will share their experiences and expectations of this unique creative opportunity and showcase some of the work created whilst they were here.

Throughout the festival, the work of  Linda FlorenceJasleen KaurLaura Spring, Hannah Waldron and Dawn Youll will be exhibited in the Cove Park Showcase. This will be in the windows of the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration building on Bell Street, in the heart of the city’s cultural quarter.

On Saturday 1 August 2015 join us at City Halls for the Insight into the Cove Park Craft Residency Programme event and hear from previous residents, including ceramic artist Frances Priest, and view films by Beca Lipscombe of Atelier E.B. and James Thompson created whilst they were at Cove Park.

A full copy of the Merchant City Festival brochure can be downloaded here.

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Research Residencies 2015

4 June 2015

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Cove Park is pleased to announce details of a new series of self-funded residencies available from September 2015. Designed to support research connected to the arts and culture in the broadest sense, this series will take place within the context of Cove Park’s internationally acclaimed residency programme.

Located on an outstanding 50-acre site overlooking Loch Long on Scotland’s west coast (just one hour from Glasgow), Cove Park provides unique, comfortable and well-equipped spaces in which to live and work.

This series is founded upon our experience of hosting former research residents (such as Maria Fusco, Reader, School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art; Professor Ysanne Holt, Department of Arts, University of Northumbria and Dr. Craig Martin, School of Design, Edinburgh College of Art) and will become an important element of Cove Park’s annual programme.

Cove Park’s Cubes can be hired for £50 per night, based on single occupancy for two nights or more. To launch this series, Cove Park will offer a 10% discount on bookings over 5 nights and a further 20% discount on bookings made for subsequent residencies.

We have a limited number of spaces available this autumn – please get in touch quickly to reserve yours!

For further information, please contact Julian Forrester:

01436 850123
julian.forrester@covepark.org

Rachel Cusk on Baileys Prize shortlist

14 April 2015

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The new novel from from acclaimed novelist and memorist Rachel Cusk is on the prestigious Baileys Prize shortlist. It was also shortlisted for the Folio Prize. Rachel is one of our Literature Residents this year at Cove Park, and the manuscript of OUTLINE was completed on a previous residency in 2012.

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Christos Tsiolkas

14 January 2014

Currently on a UK book tour promoting his new novel ‘Barracuda’, former Literature resident Christos Tsiolkas will be in conversation with Lee Randall at Looking Glass Books, Edinburgh, on Sunday 19 January at 6pm. Tsiolkas began work on the book whilst on a 3 month International Literature residency at Cove Park back in 2010. Barracuda’s protagonist is swimmer Daniel Kelly and the novel deals with themes of dreams, disillusionment, friendships and family.

Information about reserving a place can be found at http://www.lookingglassbooks.com/

 

News from Cove Park

12 November 2013

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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)