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Cove Park’s unique programme of residencies, commissions and collaborative projects respond to and support the diversity of contemporary artistic practice in all the art forms. We host national and international artists from all cultures and career stages. We create a supportive and stimulating context in which new work and ideas can be developed, tested and shared. The bespoke and award-winning spaces we provide for residents and visitors to live, meet and work in, are located on an outstanding site overlooking Loch Long and the Firth of Clyde, just one hour from Glasgow, on Scotland’s west coast.

Founded in 1999 by Peter and Eileen Jacobs, Cove Park is a charity funded by Creative Scotland, by trusts and foundations and by the generosity of individuals. Since 2000, Cove Park has hosted over 1,500 artists and our former residents include Margaret Atwood, Ann Carson, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Mariana Castillo Deball, Alasdair Gray, Beca Lipscombe, Tom Morris, Ciara Phillips, Elizabeth Price, Charlotte Prodger, Simon Starling, Christos Tsiolkas, Louise Welsh and Jan Verwoert.

We develop residency programmes in partnership with leading national and international companies, art schools and organisations, including Arts Initiative Tokyo, Fuel Theatre, Glasgow School of Art, The Lighthouse, National Theatre of Scotland, The Royal Opera House and Sadler’s Wells. We host and facilitate residencies devised and led by prominent organisations, such as BBC Scotland, Cryptic and Playwrights Studio Scotland. We also commission new work and work collaboratively with partners on major international projects such as Scotland + Venice 2019.

Cove Park acknowledges that its programmes may not be fully accessible to everyone yet. The Board and Team are reviewing operations and behaviours to fully uphold the founding ethos of the organisation and to act upon its values. This work did not begin today, but rather has been at the core of past and recent decisions in terms of finance, working methods and communication. Now, in 2021, it seems more urgent than ever to progress towards positive actions aimed at dismantling discrimination based on race, religion, disability, gender, age, and socio-economic status. This work requires time and funds, and some challenges will take longer than others to be resolved and produce visible effects.  Times of deep uncertainty have the power to elicit significant change and we are working hard to harness that power.

Staff

  • Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey

    Chief Executive Officer

    Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey joined Cove Park in January 2021. A producer, curator and editor with a background in economics, management and cultural policy, she recently worked as Acting Head of Programme at Kettle’s Yard, the modern and contemporary art gallery of the University of Cambridge. Between 2014–18 she was Head of Production and International Projects at the Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, where she co-curated the 2016 and 2018 editions. Between 2010–13 she was responsible for multi-disciplinary curatorial programmes at Artissima, the international contemporary art fair in Turin, Italy. Previously, she worked at Fondazione Pirelli Hangar Bicocca in Milan and in various art galleries and not-for-profits in Italy, France and the US. Between 2016–18 she was Associate at Large of Council, a Paris-based organisation focused on societal issues, and the integration of artistic, scientific and civic forms of action and expertise. Since 2016 she has been co-directing The Serving Library, a nomadic institution that variously serves as a publishing platform, a seminar room, a collection of framed objects and an event space.

  • Sarah Frood

    Director of Facilities

    Sarah Frood joined Cove Park in May 2021. She has worked extensively within culture and the arts and has a background in architecture. Her work spans strategic level planning of multiyear plans whilst also managing onsite builds and installs. As the co-founder of an engagement and design studio, Sarah worked across multiple projects over a ten year timeframe including town and city centre regeneration, cultural economic impact and digital engagement tools. Sarah co-produced the Rope Factory installation for the Glasgow Commonwealth games in 2014 whilst also delivering a programme of business support to start 10 new social enterprises in the city. In 2018, in her role as Director of icecream architecture, Sarah project managed in collaboration with artist Hannah Brackston the design, build, and install of ‘Wurms’ a children’s play sculpture at Bellahouston Park.

  • Rona Grierson

    Operations Manager (maternity cover)

    Rona joins Cove Park following a career in Fundraising, Recruitment and Travel. She was Development Manager for Breast Cancer Now for 4 years working to develop major donor relationships in Scotland. Before that she worked with a successful independent Scottish based recruitment company and was involved in business development, planning and delivering recruitment campaigns and giving advice to job seekers. Her skills lie in administration, building relationships, organising and planning and turning her hands to what needs doing. Rona lives locally to Cove Park, is a Board Member for Cove Burgh Hall, a local community owned village hall and takes an active part in organising some of the many events they hold including the Cove & Kilcreggan Book Festival. She is also a sub editor of the Pen Mag, an online magazine for the Helensburgh and Rosneath community.

  • Caitlin Hegney

    Engagement Assistant

    Caitlin Hegney is an artist jeweller based in Helensburgh. She has exhibited designs in Australia and widely in Europe, including the UK, France, and Denmark. She is a former Cove Park resident, having undertaken an Emerging Maker residency at Cove Park in 2019, and has won awards from Craft Scotland, The Goldsmiths’ Centre and The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. Caitlin has worked for The Glasgow School of Art in various capacities since graduating, including as an artist in residence, a visiting lecturer and teaching recreational summer school.

    Caitlin joined Cove Park in 2018 and has been facilitating creative workshops since 2016. She has an array of experience working with schools, community groups and in outdoor education: engaging children with the arts, sustainability and ancient crafts skills in person and online.

  • Emma Henderson

    Curator of Engagement

    Emma Henderson joined Cove Park in 2017. She is a print and pattern designer and illustrator based in Helensburgh. Since graduating from Glasgow School of Art she has combined her passion for design, screen printing and patterns into a bold and eye-catching fashion and home wears brand. Selling nationally and internationally, clients have included Anthropologie, Whole Foods Market, Paperchase and Fenwiks. Emma’s first textile design collection was selected for the Scottish Show during the six cities design festival and subsequent commissions have included We are What We Do, Graham & Brown and Urban Outfitters. Prior to studying at Glasgow School of Art Emma worked at BAFTA Scotland and The Lighthouse while working on features film and TV productions such as ‘The Magdelaine Sisters’ and Book Group.

  • Alexia Holt

    Senior Director of Programmes

    Alexia has worked for Cove Park since 2004. She produces its international programme of visual arts residencies and commissions and oversees fundraising, development and communications. Prior to Cove Park, she was Curator at Tramway, Glasgow, where she commissioned major solo exhibitions by artists such as Martin Boyce, Pipilotti Rist, Stephen Sutcliffe, Salla Tykka and Tatham & O’Sullivan. A graduate of Glasgow University’s History of Art department, she also worked at Glasgow School of Art and the CCA whilst completing a Ph.D. on early twentieth century fashion design. As Curator for the Scottish Print Network, between 2012 and 2016, she developed ‘Below another sky’, an international programme of residencies, exhibitions and events for Scotland’s five print studios. In addition, during 2016 and 2017, she was Project Coordinator for Little Sparta, the garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay, and its Sharing Little Sparta programme.

  • Catrin Kemp

    Director of Partnerships & Business Development

    Catrin joined Cove Park in 2015 as Assistant Director, moving to the new role of Partnerships Manager after her return from maternity leave in 2018. Having studied at Sussex University and the Actors’ Company, she has a background in theatre and has been a cross-discipline producer for ten years. Previous projects include the ground-breaking Inspiring Change project which brought national arts organisations into Scottish prisons, NVA’s Speed of Light and Glasgow 2014’s Commonwealth Games Ceremonies.

  • Kerrie MacQueen

    Finance & Operations Manager (on maternity leave)

    Kerrie joined Cove Park in 2018 to provide operational support during busy periods and now also assists the team with finance and administration. Prior to Cove Park she worked as a senior manager within the hospitality industry, working between Glasgow, London and the West Coast of Scotland in four and five-star hotels. Kerrie is currently studying towards a BA in French & Spanish.

Trustees

  • Lauren Dyer Amazeen

    Chair

    Lauren is an arts writer, critic and lecturer. She recently served as Chair of CCA Glasgow for seven years — and on the Boards of Outset Scotland, David Dale Gallery, Market Gallery and on the Friends Committee of Glasgow School of Art. She was Director of The Kitchen centre for video, music, dance, literature, film and art in New York City during the 1990’s and a founding consultant/curator of the ZKM Interdisciplinary media arts centre in Karlsruhe, Germany.

  • Ana Botella Diez del Corral

    Ana Botella Diez del Corral is a creative producer, programmer and cultural strategist with a passion for institutional change. Her approach is interdisciplinary, working across the fields of culture, technology, science and health to explore urgent contemporary issues and foster new imaginations. Ana is currently based in Lisbon where she is Deputy Director at CAM – Centro de Arte Moderna, Gulbenkian Foundation’s experimental centre for interdisciplinary arts practice due to relaunch in 2023 following a major renovation. Ana was previously Acting Head of Programmes at London’s Wellcome Collection, a museum and library challenging the way we think and feel about health. Between 2012 – 2019 she was Head of Programme at FACT, Liverpool’s Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, and between 2007 – 2012 she was Head of Exhibitions and Publications at LABoral Centre for Art and Industrial Creation, an organisation in Northern Spain focusing on the intersection between art, science, technology and the creative industries.

  • Brian Lochrie

    Brian Lochrie is a qualified Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years of experience working in senior roles with major companies across the UK and in Dubai.  Brian’s experience covers property management, property development and project management across both the public and private sector acting as both a client and a consultant. Brian has experience of the preparation and implementation of policies and procedures and governance.

  • Karen McMillan

    Karen McMillan is a chartered certified accountant and independent examiner. She has worked with a wide range of charity and third sector clients over the last twenty years, in an advisory capacity, as an auditor, and at Board level.

  • Sumit Paul-Choudhury

    Sumit Paul-Choudhury is a writer and consultant specialising in science, technology and society. His creative studio, Alternity, focuses on unexplored possibilities and applied speculations. Though trained as a physicist at Imperial College, Sumit spent most of his career in journalism, beginning with a long stint covering finance and risk in London and New York. In 2008 he joined New Scientist, where he served as editor-in-chief from 2011-2017 and as founding creative director for New Scientist Live, as well as editor-in-chief of Arc, a magazine dedicated to creative depictions of the future. He moonlights as an events producer and experimental musician, among other things.

  • Nadia Sirc

    Nadia Sirc is a freelance lawyer based in Glasgow, having previously been a partner in a top Scottish law firm. She is experienced in providing legal advice in the public and private sectors. She is also experienced in policy writing. She was previously a trustee of both the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow and Outset Scotland.

  • Kate Stevens

    Kate (she/her) is a director, writer and theatre-maker, currently working as Creative Learning Co-ordinator at Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock. Having spent her early life as part of an island community on the Isle of Mull before embarking on her theatre training in London, Kate is knowledgeable and experienced in both rural and urban community engagement. Her work with Mull Youth Theatre and on new writing and contemporary theatre has been highly praised. She has experience in Child Protection and Safeguarding, as well as being a strong advocate for Climate Action, Mental Health and Wellbeing, and LGBTQ+ rights. Her connection to Argyll and Bute is ever present in her work and life. Kate is a participant in New Voices: Fresh Perspectives – a recruitment programme developed by Arts & Business Scotland in partnership with the William Grant Foundation, placing young people on Arts & Heritage Boards.

Founders

  • Eileen Jacobs

    Eileen Jacobs co-founded Cove Park with her husband Peter Jacobs. She worked as an Occupational Therapist in the NHS, followed by forty years working in the Voluntary Sector while bringing up her children. Always interested in contemporary art, she makes sculptures and ceramics. Since 2000, she has been on the Selection Panel for Cove Park’s Visual Art and Craft Residencies and she is a Trustee of Cove Park.
  • Peter Jacobs

    Among many positions in industry, Peter Jacobs served as the Chief Executive Officer of BUPA from May 1991 to August 1999, before which he was Chief Executive Officer of British Sugar. He served as a Non Executive Director of RAF Strike Command and as a Non-Executive Director of Allied Domecq PLC from 1998 until January 30, 2004. He is a Trustee of Cove Park.

Honorary Patrons

  • Margaret Atwood

  • Derek Jacobi

  • Elizabeth Price

Director Emeritus

  • Julian Forrester

    In recognition of Julian Forrester’s significant contribution to Cove Park since 2000. Julian was an advisor to Eileen and Peter Jacobs during the first years of the Residencies, managed the Programme between 2004 and 2008, and was the Director of the organisation from 2009 to 2020.