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Cove Park’s New Artists Centre Wins Awards!

14 November

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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

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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

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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 2017 - 19 October 2017 / 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): emma.henderson@covepark.org

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

Cove Park’s September Newsletter

12 September

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 2017 - 25 November 2017

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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.

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

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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 2017 - 23 March 2017
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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

Summer Launch Announced for Hands-On Cove Park

10 February 2016

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Cove Park will launch a new educational, participatory and public event programme this summer. ‘Hands-On Cove Park’ is made possible by support from Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Robertson Trust and will benefit from the new Artist Centre, accommodation and studios currently being developed on site. ‘Hands-On’ will launch in July and will see existing educational activity, such as our Artists in Schools programme, delivered alongside new strands such as residential Portfolio Preparation Classes, Masterclasses and Saturday and Holiday Art Clubs. Further details on the programme will be announced this spring and a Media Release is available here: Hands-On Cove Park Media Release

Argyll Youth Arts

26 November 2015

Argyll Youth Arts increases opportunities for young people in Argyll & Bute to experience creative arts activity. It is one of nine regional arts hubs developed as part of Creative Scotland‘s Time to Shine initiative, empowering young people through the arts and arts projects initiated and inspired by young people, supported by and working with arts professionals from their community and beyond.

Argyll Youth Arts positions young people directly in control of originating the programme in their region, supporting them to develop the skills and creative vision to realise events within their community and connect to an Argyll-wide network of youth arts activities. At the core of the programme and network are the Young Promoters and Youth Arts TV Channel Managers who will curate their own youth arts activities, as well as create a dynamic online presence for the region’s young creatives to connect, share and grow together.

Cove Park with other professional arts organisations including Dunnon Burgh Hall, Comar, Artmap Argyll, Artsqwest and The Tower form a Steering Group supporting the Young Promoters and Youth Arts TV Channel Managers as well as delivering a range of other activities.

The Argyll Youth Arts logo is the winning design of Grace Carroll, a student at Locgilphead High School, who was mentored by designer Maeve Redmond, a resident at Cove Park in 2014.

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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Cove Park Development Blog charts construction of our New Artist Centre

21 September 2015

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The construction of Cove Park’s new Artist Centre has begun and will complete in early summer 2016.

We will post images, stories and insights on the Cove Park Development blog over the coming months so you can keep up to date with progress.

The £1.4 million capital project is funded by Creative Scotland and a number of trusts and individuals, including major awards from the Robertson and the Monument Trusts. The new Centre has been designed by Cameron Webster Architects and is being built by Clark Contracts for Cove Park’s expanding programme of artist residencies and free public events, with spaces for workshops and performances and comfortable communal space for visitors.

The build includes two accommodation units and two studios, which will increase Cove Park’s capacity to twelve and allow a greater diversity of residencies for individuals and groups.

For further information please contact Julian Forrester directly:
julian.forrester@covepark.org
01436 455063

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
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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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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

Cove Park Seeks Assistant Director

6 May 2015

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Cove Park wishes to appoint an Assistant Director to join its small, dedicated team. The postholder will be involved in all aspects of Cove Park’s work but with specific responsibility for its public engagement initiatives and the development and management of events, partnerships and activities that complement, and earn funds to support, its summer residency programme.

We are looking for someone with the knowledge and professional experience of working with artists and arts organisations across the UK; a track record of producing and programming successful revenue-generation events in an arts facility; experience of creating and managing educational and community events. Knowledge and professional experience of the creative industries, of the arts internationally and of running a building are desirable. We need strong planning, prioritisation and time management skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks and activities.

This is a full-time, permanent position. Salary circa £27,000 per annum (depending on experience). To apply, please submit a covering letter and CV. Deadline for applications: Friday 5 June 2015, 5.00pm. Interviews at Cove Park on 16 and/or 17 June 2015. For an informal chat about the position, please call Julian Forrester on 01436 850123.

For further information please see the Job Description.

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Residency & Creative Events Facilitator

15 April 2015

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Cove Park invites applications for the new position of Residency & Creative Events Facilitator. The position is an opportunity for a talented, recent graduate starting their career in the arts.

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 11 MAY 2015.

WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FROM 2015 GRADUATES PREDICTED A GRADE 2:2 OR ABOVE.

This is a full-time 6 month position based at Cove Park with a salary of £15,500 per annum pro rata. The facilitator’s role will be to offer vital practical support to the artists taking part in our 2015 summer residency programme, both in terms of their experience on site and the development of their work. The Facilitator will also have responsibility for Cove Park’s internal Creative Events – an informal series of talks and studio visits designed to encourage discussion and debate among the resident and visiting artists, vital to the success of the residencies. This will provide direct and valuable experience of devising and delivering a programme within a vibrant contemporary art context.

This post is offered as part of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Programme, aimed specifically at recent arts graduates whose circumstances mean they would not otherwise be in a position to develop their skills and CV through unpaid work experience.

In order to be eligible applicants must have:

1. Graduated from an undergraduate arts degree in 2013 or 2014 with a 2:2 (or higher) OR be graduating in 2015 and predicted a grade 2:2 or above and

2.Must have been in receipt of a full maintenance grant during the full period of their course

Please ensure that you meet these criteria before applying for this position.

The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme is run by Jerwood Charitable Foundation with the support of Garfield Weston Foundation, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust.

For further information and details on how to apply, please download the following documents:

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Please send your application to julian.forrester@covepark.org by 5.00pm on MONDAY 11 MAY 2015. Interviews will take place at Cove Park on WEDNESDAY 20 MAY 2015.

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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Friday Events

27 June 2017 - 26 September 2017 / Cove Park

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A new programme for summer of 2014 of talks, readings and studio presentations by Cove Park’s resident artists and invited guests. These events are free and everyone is welcome!

During August, these events continue to represent the full range of our national and international residencies in crafts, literature and visual art. All the events begin at 4pm.

This Week:

Friday 19 September, 4.00pm – visual artist CARA TOLMIE.

 

 

‘The Patrons’, Alex Frost

7 May 2014

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Cove Park is pleased to announce details of ‘The Patrons’, a major new work by Glasgow-based artist Alex Frost, commissioned by Cove Park for GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland. This work will be shown on site from Saturday 21 June and builds upon recent public commissions by the artist.

Visitors will be welcome on site to see the work every Friday afternoon from 27 June – 26 September 2014, 12noon – 5.00pm. Alternatively, please contact Cove Park directly to make a special appointment to visit. During this time, Cove Park will also host a series of special talks and events on Friday afternoons, linked both to the commission and to the work of our artists in residence.

Cove Park is located on Argyll and Bute’s Rosneath peninsula, amid Loch Long, the Firth of Clyde and the Gareloch, just one hour west of Glasgow. The peninsula’s development is closely intertwined with that of the city. It is an area that is historically rich, both in terms of its naval and maritime importance and as a location that has attracted and hosted artists: from painters associated with the ‘Glasgow Boys’, and architects such as Alexander ‘Greek’ Thompson and Edwin Lutyens in the nineteenth century, to Cove Park itself, one of the UK’s leading artist residency centres.

Reflecting upon this history, and on historical and contemporary notions of patronage, ‘The Patrons’ will focus upon the Kibble Palace, an impressive glasshouse built by Glasgow merchant John Kibble for his grounds at nearby Coulport House and donated to Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens as a ‘Palace of Art’ in 1873.

This commission has been generously supported by The Elephant Trust and Outset Scotland, a new philanthropic network dedicated to the support of contemporary art..

 

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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)