Monday, 17 June 2013

Drawing of proposed new site by Cameron Webster Architects. 

A plan view.


A sketch of new interior.

Another interior sketch.

The approach to the present Cove Park site in 2013. This photo shows the drive way, the centre and the 3 older studios all of which we plan to rebuild.

The centre currently houses shared facilities such as a common room, a communal kitchen and a library/IT suite.

The office section of the centre.

View of the centre from further down site. A lovely building just a little worn out!

The back of the centre building with a glimpse of that gorgeous view!
Peter Jacobs, Julian Forrester, Shaz Kerr, Anne Bjerge Hansen, David Crossthwaite and Justin Carter in 2000 the first year of residencies!

Cove Park opens in summer 2000 with an open day for the local community - something which has become an annual event.
Cove Park's original sign, it was first named.......Outside the Box.
The original animal houses being converted into studio spaces in July 2000.
Julian Forrester and Sam Ainsley assessing the newly exposed concrete plinths - the site for the first accommodation cubes!
Peter & Eileen Jacobs, Julian Forrester and Sam Ainsley take a site tour in March 2000

Eileen Jacobs one of Cove Park’s founders on site in its early days in 2000!
Since 2000 Cove Park has been successfully creating year-round residencies in all art forms for national and international artists, collaborative groups and organisations. It is located on 50 acres of unspoilt hillside overlooking Loch Long on Scotland’s west coast. 

Cove Park’s public buildings are in declining condition and are under-equipped, limiting the potential for creative exchange that is at the heart of the Cove Park experience. They also restrict the public’s ability to appreciate and share in the process of making new work.  To remedy this we are in the planning stages of a major capital project. 

Architects Cameron Webster have designed a new building which will provide fit-for-purpose facilities for artists, accommodation for two additional artists and accessible public areas which promote wider appreciation of the process of making new work.

Cove Park was originally owned by the MOD and loaned to the American Navy as a site to store ammunition for the Atlantic Fleet in WII. In the course of the 60s & 70s it was used by the local council as a tip. The land was later bought by environmental conservationist David Weir who opened it as a conservation park.  In 2000 Peter and Eileen Jacobs on the hunt for the perfect site to open an artists residency centre, came across Cove Park and the rest is history……..