Partnerships Manager (maternity cover)

20 December 2018


The Partnerships Manager is one of Cove Park’s small, dedicated staff and is involved in all aspects of Cove Park’s work with specific responsibility for the development and management of residency-based partnerships, events and activities which complement the residency programme and provide crucial earned income to support that programme.  Cove Park’s current Partnerships Manager will take maternity leave from May 2019 for 10 months and ahead of that we are seeking someone for this part-time position.

The role is 3 days per week and dependant on experience will pay £18,000 (£30,000 FTE).

Please refer to the full Job Description for more details and how to apply. The deadline is 21st January 2019. Interviews will be held on 31st January or 1st February 2019.

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December 2018 Newsletter

5 December 2018

December’s Newsletter includes news of funded residency opportunities in 2019, our current residency programme and an update on Scotland + Venice 2019. The Featured Artist this month is Emer Tumilty.

November 2018 Newsletter

2 November 2018


This month’s Newsletter highlights all our current residencies, the open call for applications to next year’s funded residency programmes, our search for a new Chair of Cove Park and the announcement of the Scotland/Japan Residency Exchange Programme 2019/2020. Our Featured Artist is the Glasgow-based visual artist David Sherry.

September’s Newsletter

10 September 2018


Our September Newsletter has information on all of the residents taking part in Cove Park’s programme this month, news of the appointment of the Scotland + Venice 2019 Project Manager and a call for applications to the Scotland/Japan 2019/2020 residency exchange programme. This month’s Featured Company is Magnetic North, a company that has worked with us for several years and returns again this month.

Scotland + Venice: Project Manager Announced

27 August 2018


We are delighted that Emma McIntyre will be joining the Scotland + Venice 2019 team as Project Manager.

Emma McIntyre has produced and managed numerous large scale events, festivals and commissions, and has most recently held positions as Associate Producer at Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and Tramway, Glasgow.

A key part of the delivery team for the Charlotte Prodger’s commission for Scotland + Venice 2019, Emma will be working across all aspects of the project.

Charlotte Prodger has been selected to represent Scotland at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.  This presentation is commissioned and curated by Linsey Young with Cove Park.

Cove Park’s July 2018 Newsletter

5 July 2018

Published today, our July Newsletter includes updates on all our current residencies, Scotland + Venice job opportunities, information on a new Book Deal Residential Masterclass and our summer Hands-On programme of workshops and events!

Scotland + Venice Project Manager and Designer

2 July 2018

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Scotland + Venice 2019 now seeking a Project Manager and a Designer.

Charlotte Prodger has been selected to represent Scotland at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. This presentation is commissioned and curated by Linsey Young with Cove Park.

Project Manager

We now seek to appoint a Project Manager to work with the Curator and Cove Park. The Project Manager will be contracted by Cove Park and will work closely with them and the Curator to realise this commission and solo presentation for the Venice Biennale.

The successful candidate will have experience of delivering major visual arts projects including managing commissions and complex installations. The position will be offered as a fixed term, freelance contract inclusive of travel and accommodation within Scotland.

Working closely with the team at Cove Park is essential and the Project Manager will be welcome to work from Cove Park (ideally a minimum of two days a week).

The contract is expected to run from September 2018 to December 2019.

Deadline is 5pm, Friday 20 July 2018. Interviews will be held at Cove Park on Thursday 2 August 2018.

For more information and details of how to apply, download the S+V Project Manager Job Description (Word Doc)


Scotland + Venice would like to appoint a designer to develop an identity for Charlotte Prodger’s presentation at the Venice Biennale in 2019. This will include all marketing material: print, bags, and invigilator T- shirts. The appointed designer will be integral to the development of a publication for the artist on the occasion of Scotland + Venice 2019.

The fee is £5,000 (payable in 2 instalments and inclusive of VAT). There will be a separate budget to support the production and delivery of the agreed marketing materials and approved project expenses will be reimbursed separately. The fee is based on an estimate of 25 days work.

Deadline is 5pm, Friday 20 July 2018. Interviews will be held at Creative Scotland’s Edinburgh office on Wednesday 1 August 2018.

For more information and details of how to apply, download the Scotland + Venice 2019 Design Brief (PDF)

June 2018 Newsletter

7 June 2018


Cove Park’s June Newsletter includes information on all our current residents, the Scotland + Venice announcement and the launch of the MacLehose International Writer and Translator residency programme. Our Featured Artist this month is visual artist Lauren Gault.

Scotland + Venice

31 May 2018

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We are delighted that visual artist Charlotte Prodger, a Cove Park resident in 2010 and 2018, will represent Scotland at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. This project will be commissioned and curated by Linsey Young with Cove Park and the presentation will be a major solo exhibition opening in Venice on 11 May 2019 and running until 24 November 2019.

Cove Park will host the return presentation of Charlotte’s commissioned work in 2020, our 20th anniversary year, and co-curate with Linsey Young a tour in the Highlands and Islands. The Dutch arts organisation If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part of Your Revolution, who are supporting the production of the work, will lead on a subsequent international tour.

Charlotte Prodger works with moving image, sculpture, writing and performance. The commission for Scotland + Venice will provide her with the opportunity to produce a new single channel video work that will build on her sustained exploration of “queer wilderness”. Prodger, who was a recipient of Cove Park’s Emerging Artist Residency in 2010, supported by The Craignish Trust, will return to develop this new work over a series of research and production residencies in 2018 and 2019. Her work will also be supported by the artist’s production consultant Mason Leaver-Yap.

The Venice Biennale is recognised as the foremost global presentation of visual art. This will be the ninth presentation supported by the Scotland + Venice partnership (Creative Scotland, National Galleries of Scotland and the British Council Scotland).

Further information is available via Creative Scotland.

Image: Charlotte Prodger, ‘Stoneymollan Trail’, 2015. Single channel video. Installation View: Bergen Kunsthall, 2017.
Image courtesy of the artist, Koppe Astner, Glasgow and Hollybush Gardens, London Photo by Thor Brødreskift.

Call for Applications: Early Career Residencies, 2018

24 April 2018


In September 2018, and with continued support from The Fenton Arts Trust, Cove Park will award four residencies for early-career artists specialising in visual arts (with a focus upon painting or sculpture), literature, crafts/design and music/composition. These funded three-week residencies will run in parallel from Monday 10 September – Sunday 30 September 2018. You can download further information and the application guidelines here.

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April 2018 Newsletter & Summer Programme Announcement

12 April 2018


Our April 2018 Newsletter includes information on all our current residencies, a call for applications to The Work Room residency programme and a profile of designer Poppy Nash. This month’s featured artist is writer Caroline Brothers. We are also pleased to announce details of our forthcoming summer 2018 programme and those residencies awarded through our annual Crafts, Experimental Film & Artists’Moving Image, Literature and Visual Arts programmes.

Cowal Residencies

9 April 2018


Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust is a small, but ambitious organisation which reopened following full refurbishment as an arts and cultural community venue in June 2017. The Trust aims to support and nurture local talent on the Cowal Peninsula in the west of Scotland.

This new opportunity for four Cowal based visual artists was created for local, aspirational artists who were interested in taking time out to explore and create new work whilst on residency at Cove Park. In addition the artists have be offered a 2 week solo exhibition in Dunoon Burgh Hall’s Side gallery. The exhibitions will reflect the residency experience in some way.

The selected artists are:
Jackie Stevenson
Soozie Turmeau
Anoushka Havinden
Sandi Kiehlman.

Please see the link below for the artists’ biographies.

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SGSAH Research Residencies 2018

22 January 2018


A call for applications to this year’s Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities Research Residencies has just been announced. These are to support a doctoral researcher in arts and humanities at a SGSAH member HEI to spend one or two weeks at Cove Park in March this year. Further information is available here and the deadline for applications is 19 February.

Cove Park’s January Newsletter

17 January 2018


This month’s Newsletter has information on all our current residencies, opportunities and information on our forthcoming Hands-On Cove Park programme. Our Featured Artist is Florence Dwyer: Florence took part in our 2017 programme of Crafts residencies and will also lead workshops as part of Hands-On this year. A very happy 2018 to all our friends, supporters and of course the artists, companies and groups we work with!

Cove Park & The Lighthouse Residency

20 December 2017

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The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Architecture and Design, working in partnership with Cove Park, has developed a new opportunity for emerging designers, architects and craft practitioners. This residency has been developed with the aim of supporting the research and development of new work within the unique setting of Cove Park, with the eventual outcome of exhibiting work, research or outcomes within the Review Gallery at The Lighthouse.

The residency will run for two weeks from Monday 2 April and the artist will receive a fee and materials allowance. Applications should be sent directly to The Lighthouse and the deadline for submissions is 29 January 2018. Further information is available here.

Cove Park’s December Newsletter

13 December 2017


Our December Newsletter reflects on this year’s programme and our Featured Artist is fillmaker and 2017 resident Robin Haig.

Cove Park’s New Artists Centre Wins Awards!

14 November 2017


Cove Park’s new Artists Centre, designed by CameronWebster Architects, has won two GIA Awards this year! The first is in the Leisure/Arts category and the awarding panel noted:

‘The building takes full advantage of the quality of views and the light, creating a series of special places within two simple linked buildings, and forming a landscaped courtyard as the point of arrival.The key intent was to use the architecture to capture the context and allow visiting artists the flexibility to develop their work. An important space within the centre is the kitchen and dining area, which allows an informality to enable visitors to meet and discuss ideas over a communal dining experience.The palette of materials are simple and deliberately unfussy, to allow the landscape to be the eye-catching spectacle.’

The second award was made in the GIA’s Wood for Category.

We are delighted CWA have received these awards and equally thrilled with Cove Park’s Artists Centre!


Cove Park’s November Newsletter

13 November 2017

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Cove Park’s November Newsletter includes information on all our current residencies and projects, including our first Printmaking Residency and a National Galleries of Scotland residency. Read more about the month’s activity here.


Cove Park’s October 2017 Newsletter

17 October 2017


Read more about Cove Park residencies, funded opportunities and events in this month’s Newsletter! Our Featured Artist this month is writer Heather Parry, recipient of this year’s Scottish Emerging Writer residency.

Prepare Your Portfolio at Cove Park

17 October 2019 - 19 October 2019 / Cove Park

Portfolio Preparation Class

Bookings can now be taken for our autumn 2017 Prepare Your Portfolio course!

Creating and compiling a strong portfolio in support of your application for an arts or design based higher education course is essential! Your portfolio needs to showcase your creative skills, ability and range of practice. This is a three day course for young people in years S5 & S6 or above (the minimum age is 16). Led by former Cove Park residents designer Laura Lightbody and visual artist Douglas Morland, participants will be introduced to a broad range of exciting activities aimed at developing their hands-on skills, as well as promoting creative initiative. The lessons planned will cover a selection of approaches including working in sketchbooks, large-scale drawings, and 2D/3D outcomes, with a focus not only upon materials and experimentation but upon encouraging the development of the students’ own personal visual language and interests.

For further information and to book you place, please visit our Eventbrite page or contact Emma Henderson (Hands-On Cove Park Producer):

This event is supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Robertson Trust.

Cove Park’s September Newsletter

12 September 2017

Our September Newsletter has information on all our current programme, events and forthcoming opportunities. August’s Featured Artist is the London-based artist, designer and current resident Linda Florence.

Printmaking Residency 2017

13 November 2019 - 25 November 2019


Cove Park is pleased to announce the launch of a new residency in 2017. Developed in partnership with Glasgow Print Studio, a new funded Printmaking Residency will take place in November this year. In its first year, this two-week pilot residency is open only to current members of Glasgow Print Studio. Further information and application guidelines are available here. The deadline for applications in Monday 2 October.

Analysing Artists Residencies – A PhD Collaboration & Opportunity

10 August 2017


In partnership with the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities, Glasgow School of Art, the University of Glasgow, the Bothy Project and The Work Room, Cove Park is pleased to be part of a new PhD project focussing upon the impact of artists residencies upon individuals’ artistic practice. For further information and details of how to apply please click here

Cove Park’s August Newsletter

9 August 2017

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Our August Newsletter has information on all our current programme, events and forthcoming opportunities. August’s Featured Artist is the Glasgow-based visual artist Stephen Sutcliffe, a resident in 2005.

We’re Looking for Volunteer Art Workshop Assistants

3 August 2017

Our weekly Saturday art classes for children and young people are an important part of Hands-On Cove Park. Working with ours Hands-On Programme Co-ordinator and freelance professional artists, you will support children and young people to experiment and play with ideas and a wide range of materials and approaches. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals [aged 18+] to gain some practical experience in devising and delivering quality art workshops for children and young people.

The classes will run as follows:

30 September 2017

7, 14, 21 and 28 October 2017

4, 11, 18 and 25 November 2017

2 December 2017

What are we looking for?

Ambition – this opportunity offers access to a well–respected venue and associated artists
Commitment – you must be available for all of the dates detailed
Energy – intellectual and physical [we’re located on a 50 acre site over-looking loch long]
Enthusiasm – for art and the ability to share that with children and young people

What are we offering:

We’ll make a weekly contribution to travel expenses
We’ll put you through a Basic Disclosure Scotland check
We’ll give you the opportunity to work with, and learn from, professional artists who are also experienced community artists
We’ll connect you to other networking opportunities

How to Apply

Please send us your CV and a letter of application [no longer than 1 side of A4] explaining why your skills and experience are suited to this voluntary position. The deadline for applications is 12pm on Monday 28 August 2017. Interviews will take place at Cove Park during the week beginning 4 September 2017.

Cove Park’s May 2017 Newsletter

16 May 2017

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Cove Park’s third monthly Newsletter features news on who’s here this month and details of our current Hands-On Cove Park programme. Our Featured Artist this month is composer and musician Sally Beamish. To receive the Newsletter each month, please join our mailing list.

Cove Park’s April Newsletter

18 April 2017


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.

Upland at Cove Park

27 April 2016

Cove Park is pleased to be working with Upland this year and to host two residencies (one for a visual artist and one for a craft maker) in August and September 2016. These residencies will be awarded to Upland members based in Dumfries and Galloway. Application guidelines are available here and the deadline for submissions in Friday 20 May 2016.

Cove Park, haa design & Arts & Business Scotland

21 March 2016


Cove Park, the UK’s only dedicated residency centre for artists of all disciplines, is excited to announce it has successfully secured sponsorship and funding for the internal fit-out and some furnishing within its brand new £1.4m Artist Centre, by Cameron Webster Architects, currently under construction. Arts & Business Scotland have awarded a New Arts Sponsorship Grant for key pieces of furniture, match-funding the in-kind sponsorship Cove Park is receiving from award-wining Glasgow-based interior architects haa design.

haa design is working closely with Cove Park and Cameron Webster Architects to plan the fit out of its new main kitchen and advise on furnishing the new communal spaces, accommodation and studios.  The new building will open in summer 2016 and will comprise multi-purpose rooms allowing up to 60 people to take part in activity related to Cove Park’s residency programmes. A large communal kitchen and dining area, meeting room, office spaces, an archive and library as well as 2 new studios and 2 new accommodation units (one of which will be fully accessible), will take Cove Park’s residential capacity to 12. The new Artist Centre overlooks Loch Long and the Firth of the Clyde, on Cove Park’s outstanding 50-acre site on the Rosneath Peninsula.

“To have a hand in this building is a fantastic opportunity,” said Hugh Anderson, Director of haa design. “The culture of Cove Park is unique and the atmosphere that requires to be reflected within the Artists’ Centre will echo the open and collaborative way in which residents come together. As we see it, the style which has been set by the building itself, of openness and simplicity, requires to be enhanced at the same time as making the communal spaces comfortable and welcoming.”

From this summer, Cove Park will, for the first time, be able to operate throughout the year, fostering creative exchange between artists, its local community, staff, board and visitors. It will provide larger and fit for purpose facilities enabling Cove Park to deliver an expanded artistic programme of free on-site community and education activities called ‘Hands-On Cove Park’.

Chair of Cove Park’s Board, Dame Seona Reid said, “The in-kind support from haa design and match-funding from Arts and Business Scotland is a welcome boost for our plans to create a very special Artist Centre at Cove Park. It will ensure that high quality equipment and furniture matches the elegant architecture of our new Centre and provides ever more of a draw to those who seek space, time and the stimulation of good company in a beautiful setting.”

The New Arts Sponsorship Grant scheme encourages private sector sponsorship of cultural activity in Scotland. Funded by the Scottish Government via Creative Scotland and administered by Arts & Business Scotland it offers £1 for £1 match funding to cultural organisations, which have secured sponsorship from an eligible business.

Arts & Business Scotland Chief Executive David Watt said: “Cove Park’s brand new Artist Centre is a fantastic facility which will bring huge benefits to artists, the community and the wider public. We’re delighted to be able to support its development through the New Arts Sponsorship Grants programme and look forward to seeing the project come to fruition.”

Image courtesy of CameronWebster Architects.

Cove Park Tours/Hinterland

22 March 2019 - 23 March 2019
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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