Upland at Cove Park

Morag Macpherson

15 August - 28 August

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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.


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.


RCA / Eddie Mundy “Brilliant” Award Fellow, 2015

Gemma Roper

06 July 2015 - 31 July 2015


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!



Friday Events

27 June 2016 - 26 September 2016 / 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.




Jacobs Ladder Residency 2014

Mirka Janeckova

14 July 2014 - 27 July 2014


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.


UK Crafts Residency 2014

James Thompson

28 April 2014 - 22 June 2014


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.


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.


International Crafts Residency 2014

Nick Ross

23 June 2014 - 17 August 2014


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.

image: ‘A Mirror Darkly’ photographer Hugh Frost


Emerging Designer/Maker Residency 2014

Maeve Redmond

28 April 2014 - 25 May 2014


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’.


Scottish Crafts Residency 2013

Emlyn Firth

05 August 2013 - 16 August 2013


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.