Cove Park was founded to give living artists opportunities to create freely and on their own terms. New work in the arts needs financial support as, for example, does original thought in science or medicine, and currently we need help with the following.

1.  A New Building 

In 2015/2016 we are rebuilding our Artist Centre. The new fit-for-purpose building is bigger and more cost effective to run than the previous one. Cameron Webster Architect‘s design for the new space offers both artists and public facilities to make, to explore and to share in the making of new work across the art forms. It also increases our capacity from ten to twelve bedrooms and adds two properly equipped studios. Creative Scotland has committed approximately 45% of the £1.4 million costs. We have attracted generous support from, amongst others, the Monument Trust and the Robertson Trust and are now within £90,000 of our target.

If you do wish to help, you can donate via the ‘Donate’ button top right. Any contribution, large or small, will be hugely appreciated. Thank you! You can also support Cove Park by purchasing a unique limited edition ceramic Swallow!

Sketch of proposed exterior                            Proposed floor plan
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For the progress of the capital project and a complete list of all our trust funders please visit the Cove Park Development Blog

2.  Residencies

New buildings make it possible to run new residency programmes, including One-to-One.

Up until now we have offered opportunities to individuals and collaborating groups, but never to an individual who needs focused time with another person. With two more bedrooms, we can offer One-to-One residencies throughout our annual programme.

3. Hands-On Cove Park

With the upgraded facilities in our Artist Centre we will have, for the first time, spaces dedicated to participatory activities for individuals and groups. This means we can realise year-round dedicated arts activities for our wider community.

Hands-On Cove Park (HOCP) is a programme of 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. HOCP has been been made possible through funding from two major UK Trusts, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and The Robertson Trust, plus support from Argyll Youth Arts and The Bridge Awards.

The Residencies and Hands-On Cove Park are examples of what we can do with better facilities. Creative Scotland’s annual grant allows us to plan these and all our programmes with a degree of confidence, paying for about 50% of their costs. But this leaves 50% to find from private sources. If you want to support us in giving an artist what could be a career-changing opportunity or a member of our community with an immersive creative learning experience please get in touch with our Programme Producers.