Cove Park has hosted over 2,000 artists since its launch in 2000, taking part in Craft & Design, Film & Moving Image, Literature & Translation, Performing Arts and Visual Arts residencies. The success of this programme is due to our relationship with so many wonderful artists and we aim to keep in touch with as many of our former residents as possible. 

Many of our alumni have now returned to Cove Park for further funded or independently-funded residencies, to take part in events or lead workshops as part of Hands-On, our creative learning programme. Artists returning recently to Cove Park to take part in a wide range of projects include: Emilia Beatriz, Katrina Brown, Ashanti Harris, Emmie McLuskey, Janice Parker, Luke Pell, Frances Poet, Charlotte Prodger, David Sherry and Dawn Youll.

The principle of creating new opportunities for our alumni is very important to us, particularly in this our 20th anniversary year. Funded residencies, exchanges and other opportunities, many of which are open to our former residents, continue to be advertised from our website and via all our social media channels.

It is also possible to return to Cove Park throughout the year as part of our Independently-Funded programme. All former residents will receive a 10% discount in 2021 and beyond. Further details on costs are available here.

Cove Park’s Partnerships Manager Catrin Kemp, and the Programme Producers, can advise on fundraising for the costs of residencies and we are happy to recommend a range of trusts and foundations to apply to (an introductory list is given below). When appropriate, we can also act as referees and support the application process itself. If this is of interest to you, please contact Catrin directly.

Finally, when you have news to share – forthcoming exhibitions, screenings, talks, book launches or performances – please let us know and we can share your news with all our artists, friends and supporters.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you again at Cove Park.

Funders to consider:
Creative Scotland
Arts Council England
Arts Council of Wales
Arts Council of Northern Ireland

John Mather Trust (West of Scotland only)
The Hope Scott Trust (Musicians and visual artists in Scotland only)
Balavoulin Art Grants (for artists living in or connected to the Highlands & Islands of Scotland)

Gaelic Books Council (for writers developing new and original writing in Scottish Gaelic, translation from another language into Scottish Gaelic or developmnet of a Scottish Gaelic graphic novel)
Inches Carr Trust (craft bursaries for makers/designers based in Scotland, will support residencies)

The Francis W Reckitt Arts Trust (for UK based artists working in a wide range of art forms)
Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust (for UK based artists, designers, writers and performers over the age of 30, will support travel costs).
The Society of Authors (for UK based writers, supporting ‘works in progress’; please note, grants for residential stays are currently on hold due to pandemic – the fund is unlikely to reopen before end of March 2021)
PRS Foundation / Open Fund for Music Creators/Women Make Music Grants (for UK based composers and songwriters, will support residencies)
Help Musicians UK
Pollock-Krasner Foundation (for international emerging and established visual artists, will support the costs of attending a residency)

Images: Above, Abraham Cruzvillegas; below (left to right), Raisa Kabir, Skye Reynolds, Raydale Dower.