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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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RCA / Eddie Mundy “Brilliant” Award Fellow, 2016

Thomas Leech

05 September 2016 - 25 September 2016

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The RCA / Eddie Mundy “Brilliant” Award Fellowship supports an exceptional graduate from the Royal College of Art (RCA) Design Products course with the time and space to further develop ideas established at college within a stimulating environment of professional artists working in a diverse range of mediums.

The residency is a partnership between Cove Park, the Royal College of Art (RCA) and the Eddie Mundy “Brilliant” Award.

With over a decade of experience working across the design industry, from commercial white goods to luxury fashion; Thomas brings a unique creative approach to problem solving and user centred design. Having won the Ellen MacArthur scholarship in 2015, Tom has become passionate about the power of everyday products to get people engaged with a sustainable story.

Graduating with an MA from the Royal College of Art, he emerges with a renewed interest in design and sustainability and a fresh expertise in circular economy thinking. Tom spent the final year of his recent MA looking at how to commercialise waste leather off cuts from the fashion industry. His graduation project focused on a new way of making children’s shoes made entirely from this waste resource. However, the commercial focus of the project distracted from the chance to fully explore the beauty of the leather and therefore this will be the starting point for the residency in September.

The Eddie Mundy “Brilliant” Award was initiated in 2012 by friends and family of the late Eddie Mundy, a previous RCA student and member of staff. The Award aims to celebrate Eddie’s original personality and experimental approach to design by awarding a graduate displaying a similar flair and spirit a great opportunity to be brilliant! The 2015 recipient was Gemma Roper.

 

 

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Upland at Cove Park

Morag Macpherson

15 August 2016 - 28 August 2016

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In 2016 Cove Park is working in partnership with Upland on the development of two new residencies. Upland is a visual art and craft development organisation based in Dumfries and Galloway and central to its mission is the support and promotion of artists and makers in its region. Following an open call to its members, we are pleased to be able to award two residencies to artists from Dumfries and Galloway this year: textile artist Morag Macpherson and visual artist Bea Last.

Morag Macpherson is a textile artist, her practice focuses on surface pattern creation which is informed by extensive theoretical and photographic research. Her bold, graphic designs are digitally printed and used to produce unique garments and interior pieces, and limited edition fabric, wallpaper, cushions and scarves. Macpherson intends to use her time at Cove Park for hands-on experimentation and to explore some ideas around imperfection versus perfection in working process, the influence of rural and urban living on a practice, healing and art as fashion/fashion as art, which may lead to written texts.

Image: Patchwork Skirts- fashion shoot, against the backdrop of the Rural Mural at night. Photography, Kim Ayres.

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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.

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RCA / Eddie Mundy “Brilliant” Award Fellow, 2015

Gemma Roper

06 July 2015 - 31 July 2015

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2015 is the first year Cove Park have hosted the RCA / Eddie Mundy “Brilliant” Award Fellowship. It supports an exceptional graduate from the Royal College of Art (RCA) Design Products course with the time and space to further develop ideas established at college within a stimulating environment of professional artists working in a diverse range of mediums.

The residency is a partnership between Cove Park, the Royal College of Art (RCA) and the Eddie Mundy “Brilliant” Award, kindly funded by The Inches Carr Trust.

Working between installation and product, Gemma designs electronics with a reduced analogue aesthetic to create optimistic experiences with technology that engage at both an imaginative and intellectual level. Her work stretches across a range of mediums that combine code with physical objects that have a particularly graphical aesthetic. She is particularly focused towards interaction with digital audio content with a meticulous attention to detail that stems from her fascination with buttons, stacking objects and all things mottled.

During her residency, she intends to elaborate on her graduation piece Radio Activity, which explores physical interfacing for online music. She aims to develop a range of new objects that focus on different tactile inputs for a variety of online platforms. Due to the different set of materials and machinery at her disposal, she hopes the residency will provide her with a different visual outcome than her previous work.

The Eddie Mundy “Brilliant” Award was initiated in 2012 by friends and family of the late Eddie Mundy, a previous RCA student and member of staff. The Award aims to celebrate Eddie’s original personality and experimental approach to design by awarding a graduate displaying a similar flair and spirit a great opportunity to be brilliant!

 

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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.

 

 

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Jacobs Ladder Residency 2014

Mirka Janeckova

14 July 2014 - 27 July 2014

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This two-week residency, has been created through the generous support of an anonymous donor, specifically to support a crafts person in the design and creation of new work. Josh Bitelli was the 2013 Jacobs Ladder resident.

Mirka Janeckova is a jeweller and a recent graduate from the Silversmithing and Jewellery department at Glasgow School of Art.

She considers her pieces to be  metaphorical containers for their wearer’s emotions, memories and hopes and currently experiments with ‘white’ materials such as porcelain, silver, aluminium and textile, exploring their reflective and light absorbing qualities.

At Cove Park Janeckova intends to further her research into materials that react to light, touch and sound combining this with Arduino technology.

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UK Crafts Residency 2014

James Thompson

28 April 2014 - 22 June 2014

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This eight-week residency supports an established designer/maker at a key stage in their career. It enables the artist to undertake research, explore new ideas and make significant developments in their practice within the context of Cove Park’s international and cross-disciplinary programme.

Previous residents on this programme include Linda Florence, Charlotte Linton, Lina Peterson, Joe Pipal, Pottinger and Cole.

James Thompson is a designer working across product design, furniture, installation and performance. His work deals with the perception of space and its interpretation.

He intends to use his residency to explore and develop a series of new recording tools and systems focused on the documentation and re-interpretation of exterior space.

Image: Photo © Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery.

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Scottish Crafts Residency 2014

Andrew Lamb

07 July 2014 - 17 August 2014

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This six week residency aims to support an established designer/maker based in Scotland. It provides the artist with the time and space to explore new ideas and ways of working within Cove Park’s international and cross-disciplinary programme. Without the requirement of a final project or presentation, this residency is intended to promote the development of new ideas and work.

Previous residents on this programme include Emlyn Firth, Beca Lipscombe, Deirdre Nelson, Frances Priest, Laura Spring and Dawn Youll.

Andrew Lamb is an Edinburgh based jeweller. His work features in many Uk and international collections including the Crafts Council, London, National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh and Galerie Marzee Collection, Nijmegen, The Netherlands and he has won numerous awards for his complex and innovative pieces.

He intends to use his time at Cove Park to explore ideas in 2 dimensions and through experimental model making.

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International Crafts Residency 2014

Nick Ross

23 June 2014 - 17 August 2014

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Cove Park’s International Crafts programme expresses our commitment to supporting established international designer/makers and creating ways in which these individuals can engage with artists, organizations and audiences in Scotland. Previous international craft residents include Hilda Hellstrom, Carolina Apolonia, Johannes Nagel and Tilleke Schwartz.

Nick Ross is a product designer based in Sweden. His work focuses on questioning the role of the designer within a larger context and how designed objects can be used as vessels of information.

On residency at Cove Park Ross intends to research ‘ceramic cultures’ focusing on early ceramics through the lens of interpretive archaeology and learning the techniques and skills evolved in the creation of ceramic goods. He also aims to develop his work using stone by working with a local stonemason.

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Emerging Designer/Maker Residency 2014

Maeve Redmond

28 April 2014 - 25 May 2014

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With this one-month residency Cove Park aims to provide designers and makers based in Scotland with the support required to develop new work at a crucial stage in their careers.

Maeve Redmond is a graphic designer working in Glasgow. Her current practice involves commercial and non-commercial graphic design work with a particular focus on print design and typography and research into social and historical narratives.

She intends to use her residency period at Cove Park to research and create bespoke typography, exploring the idea of ‘type as image’.

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Scottish Crafts Residency 2013

Emlyn Firth

05 August 2013 - 16 August 2013

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This residency aims to support a Scottish emerging or established designer/maker. It provides the artist with the time and space to explore new ideas and ways of working within Cove Park’s international and cross-disciplinary programme. Without the requirement of a final project or presentation, this residency is intended to promote the development of new ideas and work.

Emlyn Firth is a Glasgow-based designer working in the fields of graphics and typography. As well as establishing a successful design practice Firth has worked collaboratively on a number of cross-disciplinary projects in Scotland and abroad. He launched A Visual Agency in 2012 and is part of design collectives such as The Press and State.

His time at Cove Park will be used to research and rework lost typography – specifically PISMO a collection of rare hand drawn

1950 Czech type with a view to generate new work.

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Emerging Designer/Maker Residency 2013

Naomi McIntosh

29 April 2013 - 24 May 2013

With this one-month residency Cove Park aims to provide designers and makers based in Scotland with the support required to develop new work at a crucial stage in their careers.

Naomi McIntosh is an applied artist working in Aberdeenshire. With a background in architecture her practice as a jeweller investigates the perception of space and how volumes that surround the body can be made visible.

She plans to use her time at Cove Park to experiment with forms and materials unrestricted by scale and wearability.

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Scottish Crafts Residency 2013

Beca Lipscombe

01 July 2013 - 19 July 2013

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This two-month residency aims to support a Scottish emerging or established designer/maker. It provides the artist with the time and space to explore new ideas and ways of working within Cove Park’s international and cross-disciplinary programme. Without the requirement of a final project or presentation, this residency is intended to promote the development of new ideas and work.

Previous residents on this programme include Catherine Aitken, Deirdre Nelson, Frances Priest, Laura Spring and Dawn Youll.

Beca Lipscombe is an Edinburgh based printmaker and textile designer. Working both independently as a designer and collaboratively as part of the company Atelier EB, Lipscombe’s practice is concerned with the exploration and definition of an indigineous Scottish aesthetic through hand and industrial craft production.

She intends to use her time at Cove Park to disseminate research material collected with a view to making new work.

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International Crafts Residency 2013

Hilda Hellstrom

10 June 2013 - 02 August 2013

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Cove Park’s International Crafts programme expresses our commitment to supporting established international designer/makers and creating ways in which these individuals can engage with artists, organizations and audiences in Scotland. Previous international craft residents include Carolina Apolonia, Johannes Nagel and Tilleke Schwartz.

Hilda Hellstrom is a Swedish product designer.  Since graduating from the RCA in 2012 Hellstrom has been Shortlisted for the Modern Craft Project and completed two major commissions for Swarovski Crystal.

She takes a philosophical approach to her craft-based practice, thoroughly researching a story before making.  Working with materials appropriate to a given theme including earth and film, she explores the notion of myth and the narrative within objects.

On residency at Cove Park Hellstrom intends to do research into the spread of Ash Tree Dieback in the UK to develop into a new body of work.

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UK Crafts Residency 2013

Linda Florence

22 July 2013 - 30 August 2013

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This six-week residency supports an established designer/maker at a key stage in their career. It enables the artist to undertake research, explore new ideas and make significant developments in their practice within the context of Cove Park’s international and cross-disciplinary programme.

Previous residents on this programme include Charlotte Linton, Lina Peterson, Joe Pipal, Pottinger and Cole and Lucian Taylor.

Linda Florence is a designer working in bespoke handmade wallpapers and installation artworks. Her works are driven by narratives and often involve an interactive element.

She intends to use her residency to explore cultural references to textile and pattern design within homes and to look at how the action of making connects people with particular reference to a story about tenement cleaning and decorating in Paisley from the early part of the 20th Century.

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Jacobs Ladder Residency 2013

Josh Bitelli

05 August 2013 - 16 August 2013

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This two-week residency, has been created through the generous support of an anonymous donor, specifically to support a crafts person in the design and creation of new work.

Josh Bitelli is a product designer and a recent graduate from the Design & Craft BA at University of Brighton. He makes research based work which responds to a place and the resources and skills that he finds there.

At Cove Park Bitelli intends to use the location, its history, industries and materials to be the catalyst for a new body of work.

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Artists in Schools

04 March 2013 - 29 March 2013

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This month long residency places professional artists in special educational needs departments of schools in the Argyll & Bute region. It is supported by the St James Place Foundation, The Moffat Charitable Trust, Babock Community Investment Group and The Merchant House of Glasgow.  Artists are based at Cove Park for four weeks, during which time they can concentrate on developing their own practice as well as having the unique opportunity of spending a concentrated period of time planning and developing the arts education project. In spring 2013 this residency has been awarded to artists Deirdre Nelson and Frances Priest. Both artists have extensive experience of working on projects in learning and community environments for organisations such as Art Link Edinburgh, Project Ability Glasgow, Art in Hospitals and Luminate.

The 2013 project has been titled Bloomin Rubbish.  The Cove Park artists and the pupils at Parklands School have been collected recyclable plastics from the local community to create a recycled garden full of brightly coloured blooms and insects in the schools playground. Download the PDFs below if you fancy making your own recycled Andy the Caterpillar and Buz the Bee!

How to Make Andy The Caterpillar

How to Make Buz The Busy Bee

 

 

 

 

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Nao Matsunaga

23 October 2012

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Nao Matsunaga is currently exhibiting a new body of work at the Diawa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. ‘My Primal Memory’ reflects on Matsunaga’s ideas and experiences of dual cultural and national identity having grown up in both Japan and England. The exhibition can be seen in the Japanese House Gallery from 19 October – 13 December.

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Laura Spring

17 October 2012

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The Lighthouse, Glasgow presents Laura Spring’s new textile collection.   Focusing on the relationship between print and function, Spring’s bespoke luggage and clothing features designs developed while on residency  at Cove Park in 2010.  The exhibition opens on 25th October and runs until 3rd December in the Review Gallery.

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James Rigler ‘Room Service’

3 October 2012

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Cove Park’s 2011 ceramics resident James Rigler has created a new installation at Pollock House commissioned by The Lighthouse, Glasgow.  Rigler has responded to the grandeur and formality of the house in its heyday. His interventions create new narratives and offer an alternative interpretation of the house and its contents, encouraging visitors to look again at the many features and details throughout the house and gardens.  ’Room Service’ runs from 2nd October -4th November 2012. For more details see http://www.thelighthouse.co.uk/visit/exhibition/james-rigler-room-service

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Nao Matsunaga ‘Stones and Bones’

10 September 2012

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Nao Matsunaga‘s first solo exhibition Stones and Bones opens at Marsden Woo Gallery, London on 13th September and runs to 27th October.

Matsunaga was on residency at Cove Park in 2010.  This new body of work shows further development in his exploration of the dualities and contradictions in materials, surfaces and textures. His beautiful and strange sculptures made predominately from ceramic and wood are distillations of natural and cultural references, they speak of enduring human concerns and personal and collective experience.

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Tools for Actions – Linda Brothwell

7 August 2012

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2012 Crafts resident Linda Brothwell has just launched a new website – Tools for Actions – created during her recent six-week residency. The website documents an ongoing research project about traditional craft practices. Focusing on the craft person, craft techniques and tools, the site brings together images, video and interviews from Brothwell’s travels within the UK during 2012.

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UK Ceramics Residency 2010

Nao Matsunaga

13 September 2010 - 08 October 2010

Cove Park is committed to supporting and promoting work in specialist art forms and this one month residency supports an established UK based artist working in ceramics.  The residency is supported by the G & E Pollitzer Charitable Settlement,  the Craignish Trust and the London Talks Series. Its purpose to provide the artist with time and space to explore and develop their practice within the context of Cove Park’s international and multi disciplinary programme, and with the full use of workshop and ceramic facilities available.

Nao Matsunaga is a Japanese ceramic artist who lives and works in London. His sculptural work is often inspired by architecture and the way in which people respond to the objects and spaces that surround them. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2007 he has exhibited his ceramics in UK and International shows including Jerwood Makers Open at the Jerwood Space, London and This Place is Made of Rocks in Stockholm, Sweden, his work is part of the UK Crafts Council Collection and he is represented by Marsden Woo Gallery, London.

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Bird Yarns

20 June 2012

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Deirdre Nelson has been working as artist-in-residence at An Tobar, Mull on a project called Bird Yarns in association with Cape Farewell.  The project brings knitters from Mull and across the UK together with textile artist Nelson in response to the changing migration patterns of seabirds across Scotland’s islands. Working with local wool from Ardalanish, Mull, and recycled materials, the knitters will create a flock of ‘lost’ arctic terns on Tobermory Pier and provide them with a Mull welcome of local food, music and poetry.  Bird Yarns launches at An Tobar on 21 June at 8.30pm, where Deirdre Nelson will be joined by Gaelic poet Rody Gordman, Black Isle writer and broadcaster Kenny Taylor, and Cape Breton Gaelic singer Mary Jane Lamond.

 

 

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Jerwood Makers Open 2012

20 June 2012

Cove Park residents Nao Matsunaga and James Rigler have individually been awarded a commission by  Jerwood Makers Open to produce new work for an exhibition at Jerwood Space, London. The exhibition runs from 11 July – 26 August 2012

 

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Scottish Craft 2009

Dawn Youll

04 May 2009 - 03 July 2009

Cove Park’s Scottish Crafts Residency supports established and emerging Designers and makers based in Scotland. This three month residency enables makers to research and develop new work without the pressure of exhibiting an outcome.

Based in Glasgow, Dawn Youll currently works in slip cast ceramics. By looking at form, colour, surface and arrangement as individual elements in a ceramic language, she creates ornaments that play with representation and recognition.

 

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The Ring – jewel for ever 9th Sept – 9th Oct 2011

5 September 2011

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”The Ring’ at Hnoss Gallery, Sweden will feature work by Cove Park’s 2011 UK Crafts Resident Lina Peterson. The exhibition runs from 9th Septmber – 9th October and will be accompanied by a seminar on the 9th September with guest speakers looking at the ring from different perspectives.