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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 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

    Senior Housekeeper

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jill Lee

    Emerging Creative Producer

    Jill joined Cove Park in January 2022 to produce three Unexpected Gardens on thRosneath PeninsulaPrior to Cove Park she worked as a marine scientist for the Environment Agency delivering and managing their marine monitoring programme and assessing the impact of developments on the marine environment. Jill has experience in community engagement, volunteering and environmental projects.  

  • 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 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 Interim Managing Director 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, 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 1990s and a founding consultant/curator of the ZKM Interdisciplinary media arts centre in Karlsruhe, Germany.

  • Ana Botella Díez del Corral

    Ana Botella Díez 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.

Advisory Committee

  • Daniyal Ahmed

    Daniyal Ahmed is a musician, anthropologist, curator, and producer; researching and practicing at the intersection of sound and culture. He currently teaches courses in Sound, Music, and Anthropology at the Habib University, in Karachi, where he has lived most of his life. Although he began his musical journey as a selftaught singer and guitar player, he later became a disciple of Ustad Salamat Hussain, from whom he continues to learn the Bansuri and South Asian Classical music. A sonic anarchist at heart, Ahmed plays a number of string instruments and flutes, whilst trying to maintain his focus on the Bansuriand continues to perform in various formations and diverse genres in Pakistan as well as abroad. He is also interested in ‘folk’ music and his love for rooted sounds takes him on journeys where he records, collaborates, and learns from musicians in different parts of Pakistan, whose life and music, he also represents through ethnographic practice. Daniyal co-founded Karachi Community Radio in 2017 and since 2020, he serves as General Secretary of the All Pakistan Music Conference, Karachi.

  • Sepake Angiama

    Sepake Angiama praxis stems from radical pedagogies, black feminist thought, rethinking human/non-human relations rooted in how we might reimagine and inhabit the world otherwise. Through continued and sustained dialogues and collaborations with artists she initiated under the mango tree – a gathering of artist-led schools centring unlearning, decolonising and indigenous practices. She has developed educational programmes for various institutions, including Tate Modern, documenta 14 and Manifesta 12. She is the artistic director of the Institute of International Visual Arts (iniva), dedicated to developing artistic research, radial education practices, collective study, publishing and community led commissioning that reflects on the social and political impact of globalisation.

  • Erika Balsom

    Erika Balsom is Reader in Film Studies at King’s College London. She is the author of four books including TEN SKIES (2021) and After Uniqueness: A History of Film and Video Art in Circulation (2017), and the co-editor of Artists’ Moving Image in Britain Since 1989 (2019) and Documentary Across Disciplines (2016). Her articles have appeared in journals including Screen, Cinema Journal, and Grey Room. Alongside her academic work, she regularly writes criticism for publications including Artforum, 4Columns, and Cinema Scope. She was the co-curator of the film programme “Shoreline Movements” for the 2020 Taipei Biennial and the exhibition “Peggy Ahwesh: Vision Machines,” at Spike Island, Bristol in 2021. In 2018, she was awarded a Leverhulme Prize and the Katherine Singer Kovacs Essay Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

  • Meehan Crist

    Meehan Crist is writer in residence in biological sciences at Columbia University. Her work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, The Atlantic, London Review of Books, The Nation, Scientific American, and Science. She is co-editor of What Future 2018 (Unnamed Press) and was selected for inclusion in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2021. She is a founding member of Neuwrite, a collaborative working group for scientists and writers, and the host of Convergence: a show about the future. Her nonfiction book about the climate crisis, Is It OK to Have a Child?, is forthcoming from Random House. 

  • Taru Elfving

    Taru Elfving is a curator and writer based in Helsinki focused on nurturing undisciplinary and site-sensitive enquiries at the intersections of ecological, feminist and decolonial practices. As artistic director of CAA Contemporary Art Archipelago, Elfving is currently leading the research residency programme Spectres in Change on the island of Seili in the Baltic Sea in collaboration with Archipelago Research Institute. Previously she has worked as Head of Programme at Frame Contemporary Art Finland and HIAP Helsinki International Artist Programme. Her curatorial projects include Earth Rights (Kunsthalle Turku 2019), Hours, Years, Aeons (Finnish Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2015), Frontiers in Retreat (HIAP 2013-18), Contemporary Art Archipelago (Turku 2011 European Capital of Culture), and Towards a Future Present (LIAF Lofoten International Art Festival 2008). Her writing has been published internationally and she has co-edited publications such as Contemporary Artist Residencies. Reclaiming Time and Space (Valiz, 2019) and Altern Ecologies (Frame, 2016). She has a PhD from Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths University of London (2009). 

  • Cédric Fauq

    Cédric Fauq is currently chief curator at Capc in Bordeaux. From 2020 to 2021, he worked as curator at Palais de Tokyo, where he developed the exhibitions Antibodies and Sarah Maldoror: Tricontinental Cinema. Previously, he worked as exhibitions curator at Nottingham Contemporary where he set up shows (Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance; Sung Tieu: In Cold Print; Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio), performances (Okwui Okpokwasili; Steffani Jemison; Lou Lou Lou Sainsbury) and publications. He also writes and develops freelance projects. 

  • Jorge González

    Jorge González’s (b. Borikén (Puerto Rico); lives in Borikén (Puerto Rico) artistic practice serves as a platform for the recuperation of Boricua material culture, in an attempt to create new narratives between the indigenous and the modern. In 2014, he founded Escuela de Oficios in response to omissions of dominant histories and deteriorating academic spaces. Proposing recovery through community regeneration, Escuela de Oficios creates spaces for collective learning and promotes self-directed education. Its activities include mapping, documenting and employing artisanal techniques, and creating a mobile program that includes conversations, workshops, and exhibitions. His work has been exhibited internationally, including solo presentations at Embajada, San Juan. His work also has been included in exhibitions at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and in documenta 14. In 2017, he was awarded the Davidoff Arts Initiative grant to be part of Escuela Flora in Bogotá. Currently, González is a Jane Lombard Fellow, 2020-2022, at the The Vera List Center for Arts and Politics. 

  • Vincenzo Latronico

    Vincenzo Latronico is a writer and translator living in Berlin. His novels are published in Italy by Bompiani and in Germany by Secession Verlag; his art criticism has appeared on frieze, domus, art-agenda as well as on institutional catalogues worldwide. As a literary translator, his research focuses on the retranslation of classics, and he is currently working, among other things, on a new Italian version of the complete works of George Orwell. He is a co-editor of The Serving Library, a nomadic institution that includes a publishing platform and a collection of framed objects. 

  • Eyal Weizman

    Eyal Weizman is the founding director of Forensic Architecture and Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. The author of over 15 books, he has held positions in many universities worldwide including Princeton, ETH Zurich and the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He is a member of the Technology Advisory Board of the International Criminal Court and the Centre for Investigative Journalism. In 2019 he was elected life fellow of the British Academy and appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to architecture. In 2020 he was elected the Richard von Weizsäcker fellow at the Bosch Academy. Eyal studied architecture at the Architectural Association, graduating in 1998. He received his PhD in 2006 from the London Consortium at Birkbeck, University of London. 

  • colectivo amasijo

    colectivo amasijo is a group of women of different ages and professions. They understand that through cooking together they can take care of the territory, relationships, and themselves. They believe that by celebrating diversity and trusting in nature’s circles, they can re-think the culture of scarcity. To achieve it, they listen to the non-dominant narratives, the narratives of women close to land. Stories that also help to measure the real cost of climate change and show the way to move human beings towards the regeneration of the land. They work to make visible the interdependence of language, culture, and territory to understand food as a network of interrelationships and not as mere commodity. They believe in the de-hierarchizing of knowledge and how to enact it through the everyday life. The group was born in 2019 in Mexico City, integrated by women from different professions and different territories, Veracruz, Oaxaca, State of Mexico and Mexico City. Our work is carried out through different platforms: performances in public spaces, actions / celebrations in galleries, museums, and cultural spaces as well as publications, workshops, and fandangos. Nourish Scotland, Museo Carrillo Gil, Museo Tamayo, NIDA art colony or MOMA are some institutions they had work with.