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, Jan Verwoert and Louise Welsh.

We develop residency programmes in partnership with leading national and international companies, art schools and organisations, including Varuna – Australia’s National Writers’ House, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the Gaelic Books Council, Lolli Editions, Senegal’s RAW Material Company, The Royal Scottish Academy, CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Fluxus Art Projects, The Work Room and more. We host and facilitate residencies devised and led by prominent organisations, such as BBC Scotland, Magnetic North, Cryptic, and Playwrights’ Studio Scotland. We also commission new work and work collaboratively with partners on major national and international projects such as Scotland + Venice 2019 and Creative Carbon Scotland’s Climate Beacons. Cove Park co-leads, with Saari Residence (Finland), the Nordic Alliance of Artists’ Residencies on Climate Action.

Cove Park acknowledges that its programmes may not be fully accessible to everyone yet. The Board and Team are reviewing our facilities, 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 2022, it seems more urgent than ever to progress towards positive actions aimed at dismantling discrimination based on race, religion, disability, gender, age, socio-economic status and more. 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

  • Karen Dalgleish

    Operations Supervisor

    Karen joined Cove Park in October 2021 initially as relief housekeeper, and now manages the housekeeping team and provides support to residents. Karen has a background in Nursing and Administration, having obtained a BSc in Nursing Studies and a BA in Business. She has worked within the NHS, Voluntary and Social Service sectors prior to joining Cove Park. Karen is also an amateur musician and has given her services voluntarily to the Royal Naval Volunteer Band Association for the past 30 years.

  • Lauren La Rose

    Interim Fundraising Manager

    Lauren La Rose (she/they) is a LatinX multidisciplinary artist, researcher and educator working at the intersection of curation, producing, radical pedagogy and social practice. As a Merit Scholarship Recipient, she earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a MFA from the Glasgow School of Art, training in Film, Video & New Media, and Fiber & Material Studies. With more than a decade of experience in arts education and grassroots community organizing, she’s passionate about social justice, sustainability and equitable access to the arts. Motivated by the personal and political, her research investigates counternarrative and participatory practices, expanding definitions of what it means to be mixed-race, disabled, and queer. Recent commissions include, CCA Annex, Take Me Somewhere (Tramway), Jupiter Rising Festival (Jupiter Artland), Not Going Back to Normal (Collective), Graduate Residency (Hospitalfield), Art Camp Educator in Residence (documenta fifteen), Food Art Film Festival (Jan Van Eyck Académie), and the Emerging Writers Workshop (LUX Scotland).
  • 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

    Acting Director / 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.

  • Nicola Jamieson

    Programmes & Development Coordinator

    With over 30 years in the media, culture and arts industry, Nicola has had the role of General Manager for a number of art establishments, responsible for developing and managing partnerships, events and activities, has knowledge and experience of working with artists, art organisations and creative industries both in the UK and Internationally. Currently the Co Founder and CEO of the Mackintosh Club Helensburgh, she continues to use her skills to run a successful Centre for Arts, Architecture and Design. Responsible for the curation of the Gallery, sourcing and booking artists for performance and workshops within budget, developing and maintaining partnerships with local schools, the Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow Life, Glasgow Mackintosh and the BBC. She has served as Director of Puregreenspace Architects, a practice that specialises in sustainable and green building technology, Sea Change Arts Festival Committee Member, Glasgow Life Advisory Panel Member, Glasgow Mackintosh Advisory Panel Member.

  • Kerrie MacQueen

    Finance & Operations Manager

    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.

  • Alex Marrs

    Programmes & Communications Producer

    Alex Marrs (she/her) joined Cove Park in January 2022. She is a producer, arts administrator, and values-based fundraiser, and moved from New York City to pursue a MSc in Creative Industries & Cultural Policy from the University of Glasgow. She has worked as the Executive Producer for Brooklyn-based theatre company Colt Coeur, Chief of Staff for Off-Broadway theatre company Primary Stages, and Assistant Director of Arts Advancement at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at Long Island University. She is a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute fourteen week producing intensive and an alumna of TedxBroadway’s Young Professionals group. Alex now serves on the Board of Directors of Playwrights’ Studio Scotland and Colt Coeur.

Trustees

  • Lauren Dyer Amazeen

    Chair

    Lauren is an arts writer, researcher, and lecturer.  Currently she is a visiting lecturer in MLitt Art Writing at Glasgow School of Art, and one of five curators/researchers based in Oxford forming Hidden Objects Oxford, and has been an external PhD supervisor at Edinburgh College of Art.  She has written regularly for Artforum International and various critical journals and publications in Sweden, US, and the UK.   She is a member of AICA (International Art Critics Association), a Fellow of RSA London, a member of the Oxford Philosophical Society, and The Frontline Club.  She is a Trustee of David Dale Gallery and was the former Chair of Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow.  She was Executive Director of The Kitchen experimental arts centre for video, music, dance, performance, literature, film and art in New York City and a founding curatorial consultant of ZKM Interdisciplinary media arts centre in Karlsruhe, Germany.    

  • 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.

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.