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Cove Park

Cubes, artists accommodation at Cove Park, West Dunbartonshire

Cove Park is an international centre based in Scotland for the arts and creative industries. Founded in 1999 by Eileen and Peter Jacobs, Cove Park is dedicated to artistic excellence and provides opportunities for professional development in a unique and inspiring context that combines stunning landscape with high quality resources.

Cove Park runs an annual programme of residencies for artists working in all artforms. Cove Park supports and promotes the work of the artists on residency and creates opportunities for public participation through a related events programme.  Cove Park is located 40 miles west of Glasgow on a 50-acre site overlooking Loch Long.

Cove Park Cubes deck: Photo by Cove Park A Scottish Arts Council capital lottery award this year has enabled Cove Park to increase its accommodation capacity from seven to ten and its studio capacity from three to six, using converted freight containers which are known as Cubes.  A technique which has been pioneered Urban Space Management in London.

The Cubes contain three en-suite live/work units which act as artistic retreats. Glass doors replaced the existing steel container doors. Each accommodation has a balcony extending over a lake with spectacular views of Loch Long. Other examples of containers used as accommodation can also be found in London's Docklands, at a site at Trinity Buoy Wharf.

According to Urban Space Management the benefits of reusing old shipping containers can be seen in short and medium term land use projects.  Short-life sites can have Container Cities that simply unbolt and can be relocated or stored when land is required for alternative uses.  Cove Park Cubes long view: photo by Cove Park

The artists residency programmes respond to the diversity of contemporary artistic practice and directly support professional development and the creation of high-quality projects in all the artforms.

Cove Park is an artist-centred organisation: its development has been informed by the specific needs and requirements of the artists they have worked with and their programme is shaped by emerging and current trends in contemporary practice.  In parallel to their residency programme Cove Park has also, in the past two years, initiated an innovative public education programme that encourages access to and participation in the work being produced by artists on residency.

Over 50 residencies, awarded to national and international artists, will take place during their May to November 2006 programme. Details of the programme are now available on their website. This year also sees the launch of the first Cove Park Commission.  Visual artist Simon Starling launched a major new project at Cove Park in July, which is being developed over the summer months. There will be numerous opportunities to see the work on site and to take part in a related Events programme.

The Scottish Arts Council, individuals and a number of foundations, the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation principal among them, fund the programmes, providing a huge variety of choreographers, composers, visual and applied artists, theatre directors, writers, playwrights and others with residencies of from two weeks to three months.   

Useful links
* Cove Park
* Container City by Urban Space by Urban Space Management
* Capital Funding through the National Lottery
* Visual Arts at the Scottish Arts Council
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