Bridge Awards Residencies 2024

  • Open Call
  • Scotland
  • 01/03/2024
  • Open Call
  • Scotland
  • 01/03/2024

Website CovePark Cove Park

Residency Dates: Monday 20 May – Monday 27 May 2024
Deadline for Applications: Friday 1 March 2024 (by 5pm)


In collaboration with The Bridge Awards, and building upon the first Bridge Awards Residency for an individual artist in 2023, Cove Park is pleased to offer a further 5 residencies in 2024 for artists based in Scotland whose careers have been impacted by a breast cancer diagnosis and who have undergone successful treatment and are up to five years in remission.


Cove Park is located on a 50-acre site overlooking Loch Long on Scotland’s west coast. The site benefits from both an outstanding rural location and proximity to Glasgow. Since its launch in 2000, Cove Park has welcomed over 3,000 national and international artists, creative practitioners, and researchers, working in all art forms and creative disciplines, and at
every stage in their careers. Cove Park’s self-directed residencies support individuals and collaborators to focus upon research, experimentation, the development of current projects, and the production of new work and ideas. Our dedicated professional team provide the support and care necessary to ensure each residency is as productive, engaging, and enjoyable as possible.

The Bridge Awards is a philanthropic organisation that provides funding for arts, community, and healthcare projects. Since 2016 The Bridge Awards have supported residencies for early career visual artists based in Scotland and, since 2019, a residency exchange programme between Cove Park and Varuna, The National Writers’ House, Australia.
The Bridge Awards and Cove Park are grateful to Maggie’s Centres for their advice and sharing
news of this opportunity.

In 2024 Cove Park will offer 5 one-week residencies which will run in parallel from Monday 20
May to Sunday 27 May 2024. These residencies are open to people based in Scotland, at any stage of their creative career
and working in any art form or creative discipline. The aim is to provide the artist, writer, creative practitioner, or researcher with time and space to reconnect with their practice, and to do this within the peaceful, supportive, and
inspiring context of Cove Park and its national and international residency programme.

The appointed artist will receive:

A one-week residency and a fee payable to the artist of £550
A materials allowance for studio-based practitioners of up to £75
A travel allowance of up to £150
Private accommodation on site and, if required, a private studio space
The full support of Cove Park’s team and access to all communal facilities on site, including work and meeting space in the Jacobs Building, the library, and kitchen.

The appointed resident will be one of five taking part in this programme during the week of 20 May 2024. The emphasis of the residency will be upon individual work, but Cove Park will offer one facilitated, artist-led workshop during the week to bring residents together and create a shared opportunity for discussion and reflection.

We are also delighted to offer during the residency one group session led by Lesley Howells, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Maggie’s Lead Psychologist, and the opportunity of a one-to-one session with Lesley if the resident feels this would be helpful.

Cove Park will host a welcome dinner for all the residents on site on the first night of the residency. However, this is a self-catering residency, and each unit of accommodation has its own small kitchen. Residents are also welcome to use the large kitchen in the Jacobs Building and cook and eat in the main hall of this space.

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted via the online Application Form.

We are happy to supply hard copies of this document and to receive applications in hard copy if preferred. Applications can be posted to the address at the bottom of this document. We can accept applications in audio or video formats if this is preferable to a written application. If you have a disability, please tell us if there are any reasonable adjustments to the application process that would be of assistance to you. If you would like to discuss this, or need help making your application, please contact Cove Park directly.

The Application Form should include:

Your full name and contact details.
A brief statement (no more than 500 words) explaining why this opportunity would be beneficial to you and how you would plan to use your time.

In addition, you may submit examples of your creative work.

This could include:
Up to 6 images
Film or video work submitted on a showreel (maximum duration 5 minutes) uploaded to
Youtube or Vimeo (please include the link in the application letter).
Audio work (maximum duration 5 minutes) should be uploaded to Soundcloud, with the link provided in the application letter.
Prose, no more than 1000 words (no more than 4 pages)
Stage play or film script (no more than 1000 words)
Poetry, up to 4 poems (no more than 4 pages)

This opportunity is open to artists based in Scotland whose careers have been impacted by a breast cancer diagnosis and who have undergone successful treatment and are up to five years in remission.

Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted by Cove Park’s programme team and external advisors, including Cove Park Associates (former residents) representing different art forms and fields of knowledge. We will invite those shortlisted to an informal interview with members of Cove Park’s programme team via Zoom during the week commencing Monday 27 March (dates to be confirmed).

Please submit applications by Friday 1 March 2024 (by 5pm).

We will acknowledge receipt of your application via e-mail. This will include a link to our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion monitoring form and we would be grateful if you could please complete this. If you do not receive this acknowledgement, please contact Cove Park directly to confirm receipt of your application.
If adjustments to the application process would be helpful for you, please let us know. We can
accept submissions in audio or video formats if this is preferable to a written statement.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission by Friday 15 March 2024.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Cove Park strives for our residencies, programmes and resources to be open, inclusive and
welcoming to all. We continue to assess how we work towards achieving greater equality and representation within all levels of our organisation and across all programmes.

Cove Park aims to provide a safe and positive environment for everyone, and to actively dismantle discrimination based on race, national or ethnic background, skin colour, citizenship status, hair texture and hairstyle, sex, sexual orientation, gender(s), gender expression, age, religion or belief, language, ability, size, neurodiversity, physical and mental health, socioeconomic status, educational background, pregnancy or parental status, marriage or civil partnership status, immigration status, and cultural markings and/or tattoos also due to religious rituals from pre-colonial cultural practices. As language, terms, and expressions
inevitably evolve, Cove Park is committed to reviewing this statement regularly – and as often as it becomes appropriate – with our local, national and international communities.

Personal Data

Please note, Cove Park will store applications electronically for one year. The data contained within your application will not be used for any purpose other than short-listing, running, and evaluating the programme. We will not share your details with any third parties without obtaining permission from you to do so.
Please visit our website and residency FAQs for more information. If you have any questions concerning the residency, access requirements, Cove Park’s facilities, or the application process itself, please contact Alex Marrs (Programmes & Communications Producer):

Alex Marrs
Cove Park
01436 850500

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