In February 2019 Cove Park was awarded funding from British Council Scotland and Creative Scotland to develop a new residency programme produced in collaboration with partners based in EU nations. The aim of this programme is to maintain and develop cultural partnerships between Scotland and EU nations at a pivotal moment in the cultural landscape of Europe.

On the day the UK was due to leave the EU, we are pleased to announce our 8 project partners: leading arts organisations and residency centres based in 8 European nations:

Belgium: Ultima Vez
Finland: Helsinki International Artist Programme and MUU Galleria
France: Cité internationale des arts
Germany: Literarisches Colloquium Berlin
Ireland: Dance Ireland
Norway*: Nordic Artists Centre Dale
The Netherlands: SEA Foundation
Sweden: The Swedish Film Institute

*Although not a member of the EU, Norway is closely connected to it through its memberships of the European Economic Area and the European Free Trade Association and as such is considered as a possible model for a new relationship between the UK and the EU.

Cove Park’s programme is founded upon the belief that the opportunity for artists to travel freely, to create work internationally and to exchange ideas with peers and audiences around the world is essential. All of our partners share this commitment and we are delighted to have this opportunity to work together.

Cove Park is now working with all of the partners to invite artists based in their own countries, and specialising in a wide range of art forms, to travel to Scotland in 2019 and 2020. We are delighted that today (29 March 2019) Cité internationale des arts, Paris, announces an open call through its own networks to appoint an early career French artist to take part in Cove Park’s residency programme this autumn and we are grateful to all our partners for their help. The names of the 8 participating artists will be announced in May 2019.

The European Residency Programme will enable the participating artists to research and develop new work at Cove Park. The artists will also have the opportunity to travel in Scotland, to visit other arts organisations and experience work being produced and presented by Scottish artists. In addition, 4 of the project partners will host artists from Scotland in 2019 and 2020, creating a total of 12 new residencies to mark the 12 stars of the EU flag.

We would also like to thank the following organisations for their support:
Alliançe Française (Glasgow), The Embassy of Sweden (London), The Goethe-Institut (Glasgow), Institut Français d’Écosse and The Finnish Institute.

For further information on Cove Park and this programme, please contact:

00 44 (0)1436 840138

Further information on British Council Scotland and Creative Scotland’s support of Scotland’s arts links with Europe is available here:

29 March 2019