Crafts residency in partnership with The Lighthouse: Poppy Nash

02/04/2018 - 16/04/2018

Poppy Nash

Cove Park working in partnership with The Lighthouse, has developed a new opportunity for emerging designers, architects and craft practitioners. This residency has been developed with the aim to support the research and development of new work within the unique setting of Cove Park, with the eventual outcome of exhibiting work, research or outcomes within the Review Gallery at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture.

Cove Park is delighted to welcome Poppy Nash as our inaugural resident for this programme with The Lighthouse. She will undertake a 2 week fully-funded residency at Cove Park in April and will be given the opportunity of a six week exhibition within the Review Gallery at The Lighthouse in August.

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Meet Your Maker – textiles & architecture event – 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 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

05/09/2016 - 25/09/2016

Thomas Leech

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

15/08/2016 - 28/08/2016

Morag Macpherson

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

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

06/07/2015 - 31/07/2015

Gemma Roper

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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Jacobs Ladder Residency 2014

14/07/2014 - 27/07/2014

Mirka Janeckova

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

28/04/2014 - 22/06/2014

James Thompson

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

07/07/2014 - 17/08/2014

Andrew Lamb

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

23/06/2014 - 17/08/2014

Nick Ross

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

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