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.

  • Rebecca DeWald

    Literature Programme Producer

    Rebecca DeWald is a bilingual translator, editor and project coordinator with a PhD in Translation Studies from the University of Glasgow. Her work plays with words in English, German, French and Spanish, often in translation – some of her literary translations have been published by the Free Word Centre, No Man’s Land, and Edit – Papier für neue Texte, and can be found on her website. She co-edits the Glasgow Review of Books, and coordinates the Edwin Morgan Trust’s translation workshops, as well as the monthly translators’ lab, Translators’ Stammtisch, at the Goethe-Institut Glasgow. She also contributes to New Books in German, PEN Translates, 12 Swiss Books, Reading in Translation and the SALSA collective, and co-curates and stages translation performances under the moniker Found in Translation.

  • Emma Henderson

    Hands-On Programme Producer

    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

    Associate Director & Visual Arts Programme Producer

    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

    Partnerships Manager

    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

    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.

  • Maeve Redmond

    Crafts Programme Producer

    Maeve Redmond is a graphic designer with a studio based in Glasgow. A graduate of The Glasgow School of Art, she works with many artists and cultural institutions, with clients including The Common Guild, Glasgow Women’s Library, Panel, Platform, Serpentine Galleries, Book Works and V&A Dundee. Maeve is also a visiting lecturer in graphic design at The Glasgow School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art. She joined Cove Park in December 2017 to produce its Craft & Design residency programme.

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.

  • Hugh Anderson

    Hugh Anderson trained as an architect and has more than 30 years’ experience in both the theory and design of buildings. Hugh was educated at Oxford and London Universities and worked with the international design and consultancy practice DEGW where he was first a partner then director before establishing his own practice, Hugh Anderson Associates in 1994. He is a founder member of RIAS consultancy. He is a member of Cove Park’s sub-committee for capital development.

  • Aly Barr

    Aly Barr is currently Deputy Director/Head of Operations of The Scottish Poetry Library (SPL). After several years as a touring musician, Aly joined Waterstones as Events and Marketing Manager. Following that, he became a rep for Penguin selling books to bookshops from Dumfries to Thurso, eventually co-founding a new imprint Penguin Scotland. In 2005 he joined the Scottish Arts Council Literature team leading on publishing and translation as well as becoming lead officer for the Scottish Poetry Library. Before joining the SPL, Aly was Creative Scotland’s Acting Head of Literature, Languages and Publishing.

  • 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.

  • Carol Sinclair

    Carol Sinclair is the former Director of TRC Media with overall responsibility for the strategy and operation of TRC media’s activities. Carol was previously with Scottish Television, which she joined in 1984, holding various executive positions throughout her 14-year period with the company. Posts held included SMG’s Business Manager and Head of Broadcast Services. She also oversaw the company’s scheduling strategy, market planning, audience research, on-air promotion and programme acquisitions.

  • 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.