Experimental Film and Artists’ Moving Image Residencies 2018 at Cove Park

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Call for applications

Deadline: midnight, evening of Monday 11 December 2017

In 2018 Cove Park, in association with LUX Scotland and Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, will award up to four funded Experimental Film and Artists’ Moving Image Residencies of two to four weeks each during the summer months. Emerging or established artists and filmmakers, based in Scotland, are welcome to apply to this programme. The summer residencies will take place between April and September 2018.

Founded in 1999 by Peter and Eileen Jacobs, Cove Park creates year-round funded and self-funded residencies across all art forms for national and international artists, collaborative groups and organisations. Cove Park is located on an outstanding 50-acre site overlooking Loch Long on Scotland’s west coast (just 60 minutes from Glasgow by road or rail).

Funded Residency Programme

Cove Park’s summer residency programme provides the time and support for artists to focus exclusively upon their own practice. The emphasis is upon research, experimentation, creative exchange across art forms and the development of new work.

The artists /​filmmakers will be part of a changing group of national and international residents specialising in a wide variety of art forms. Please see the website for information on those who have previously been awarded residencies at Cove Park. Artists are invited to take part in a series of informal studio presentations, talks, screenings and dinners organised by Cove Park throughout the summer programme. Residents may also have the opportunity to contribute to Hands-On Cove Park’, Cove Park’s public education and participatory programme of events and activities.

LUX Scotland will be available to work with resident artists to support the development of public outcomes of research (if appropriate). Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival will extend a special invitation to participants to have their work considered for their 2019 edition.

Facilities and Resources

Please see Cove Tour’ on the website for images of the site and facilities. The facilities and resources available include:

  • High quality self-catering accommodation
  • Communal workspace and equipment
  • The Artist’s Centre: communal kitchen, meeting, rehearsal and dining spaces, library and laundry facilities
  • Unlimited access to the 50-acre site.
  • Cove Park has some basic film and sound recording equipment – more details can be provided if required.

Depending on when the residencies take place, there may be access to a private studio as well.

Dates and Duration of the Residencies

The residencies will take place at Cove Park between April and September 2018 and will last between two and four weeks, depending upon the needs of individual artists/​filmmakers. It is not necessary to state your preferred dates in your application, as this will be discussed with each shortlisted applicant at interview.


The selected artists/​filmmakers will each receive a fee of £400* per week.

*Please note: the Resident’s Fee is inclusive of VAT and payable by Cove Park to the artist/​filmmaker. The appointment is on a freelance basis and the artist/​filmmaker will be responsible for paying his or her own tax and national insurance.

Selection Criteria & Process

Applications will be reviewed by a selection panel made up of staff from Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, LUX Scotland and Cove Park.

The selection process will have two stages. The panel will review all applications and invite a number of artists to interview. Selection for interview will be based on the following criteria:

  • The quality of your ideas and previous self-authored work
  • Your ability to demonstrate that you have completed one or more pieces of work that have been screened at festivals or in gallery exhibitions, or which have received other critical acclaim
  • Your need for a period of research and development and your reasons for applying to this residency programme.
  • Your interest in working within a community of artists, including a willingness to discuss and share ideas

Deadline for applications: midnight, evening of Monday 11 December 2017

Interviews will take place at Cove Park in February 2018 (those unable to travel may be interviewed via Skype). Reasonable travel expenses incurred by the artist will be reimbursed by Cove Park on the submission of receipts.

Submission of Applications

Please submit the following information:

  • Postal, e‑mail and website addresses, daytime and evening contact telephone number(s).
  • A brief statement (no more than two sides of A4) describing:
  1. Your current practice;
  2. The reasons for your interest in this residency;
  3. How the opportunity will impact upon your work and development.
  • A current CV with the names and contact details of two professional referees. (We will only contact your referees if your application is shortlisted for interview).
  • Examples of your film and moving image work should be submitted on a showreel (maximum duration 10 minutes) uploaded to Youtube or Vimeo.

Please send your submission to Cove Park by email to:

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The board and staff of Cove Park are dedicated to artistic excellence and the professional development of individuals and groups working within the arts and creative industries. Cove Park are committed to equality, diversity, fairness and inclusion across all art forms.

Cove Park would prefer not to receive applications by post. However, if you would like to submit supplementary material with your application, please post these to the address below. If you would like this material to be returned to you, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Moving Image Residency 2018,Cove Park,Peaton Hill, Cove,Argyll and Bute,Scotland G84 0PE

Cove Park will store applications electronically for three years. The data contained within your application will not be used for any purpose other than short-listing, running and evaluating the programme. Cove Park will not share your details with any third parties without obtaining permission from you to do so.

Further information

For further information please contact:Vanessa Paynton, Assistant Directoremail hidden; JavaScript is required01436 850500www​.covepark​.org