In 2016 Cove Park is working in partnership with Upland on the development of two new residencies. Upland is a visual art and craft development organisation based in Dumfries and Galloway and central to its mission is the support and promotion of artists and makers in its region. Following an open call to its members, we are pleased to be able to award two residencies to artists from Dumfries and Galloway this year: textile artist Morag Macpherson and visual artist Bea Last.

Morag Macpherson is a textile artist, her practice focuses on surface pattern creation which is informed by extensive theoretical and photographic research. Her bold, graphic designs are digitally printed and used to produce unique garments and interior pieces, and limited edition fabric, wallpaper, cushions and scarves. Macpherson intends to use her time at Cove Park for hands-on experimentation and to explore some ideas around imperfection versus perfection in working process, the influence of rural and urban living on a practice, healing and art as fashion/fashion as art, which may lead to written texts.

Image: Patchwork Skirts- fashion shoot, against the backdrop of the Rural Mural at night. Photography, Kim Ayres.