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Artists drawn to £1.4m Cove Park residence

September 15 2016

Artists drawn to £1.4m Cove Park residence
Artists drawn from around the world have begun descending on a purpose built residence at Cove Park on the Roseneath Peninsula, to take inspiration from the dramatic landscapes.

Designed by Cameron Webster Architects and Haa design The Jacobs Building will open year round to individual artists and groups seeking to expand their creative horizons on the Cowal Peninsula, with two additional bedroom pods increasing residency numbers from 10 to 12.

Founded in 2000 by Peter and Eileen Jacobs Cove Park had laboured to fulfil its founding vision within a converted tea room and modular huts originally built for the Castaway TV show before pressing ahead with the £1.4m capital project, funded by Creative Scotland and others.

This has seen the team move into a larch clad, double height space offering expansive views through full height windows as well as meeting rooms, kitchen, library and crafting space - alongside installation of two new bedroom pods.

In a statement architect Stuart Cameron said: “The new building is primarily timber kit, and lightweight timber roof trusses for a sustainable approach to construction. The larch cladding is locally sourced and the stone is the waste product from the Burlington Quarry. Rockwool insulation is formed from a renewable natural resource and recycled material, chosen for its positive energy balance through its lifetime.

“The new centre was designed with the future in mind, with an adaptable layout and a large loft space to expand into.”

Photography by Ruth Clark
An elevated setting affords spectacular landscape views
An elevated setting affords spectacular landscape views


#1 Posted by Terra on 15 Sep 2016 at 20:20 PM
And what exorbitant price would artists seeking inspiration have to cough up to enjoy the privilege? Most of the best artists usually toil to pay the bills before they are ever 'discovered'.
I think it's a great idea I just fear that they will probably charge a relative arm and leg to stay there, I'd love to go myself but probably couldn't afford it. Being the skint, arty, student bum that I am.
#2 Posted by Utrecht on 16 Sep 2016 at 00:44 AM
@terra - They actually have year round applications for funded residencies where they pay you. Maybe have a look at their website first?
Jimbob Tanktop
#3 Posted by Jimbob Tanktop on 16 Sep 2016 at 01:00 AM
Many of the artists who go pay nothing, having secured their week-long stay at the grace of the Scottish Book Trust, Playwright's Studio, or as part of a larger prize.
#4 Posted by Parklets on 16 Sep 2016 at 09:18 AM
Perhaps Terra you should study a bit more and research before making such baseless criticisms? Your comments elsewhere on this forum read a little naive at the best of times.
#5 Posted by Terra on 16 Sep 2016 at 10:13 AM
Fair play. Forgive my cynicism, although it's pretty rare to be able to have this type of thing for free now a days innit?
Partick Bateman
#6 Posted by Partick Bateman on 16 Sep 2016 at 14:49 PM
Looks like a great building - lovely work.
#7 Posted by Terra on 17 Sep 2016 at 02:51 AM
Not to sound confrontational Parklet; but I like to think I'm pretty positive most of the time.
I come on to simply give an opinion and, like in this case, if I make an assumption that isn't quite correct, I'm more than happy to find out I might be mistaken, especially with positive examples like this "retreat".
#8 Posted by Stephen on 19 Sep 2016 at 17:17 PM
Looks to be a really nice scheme. I hope this allows Cameron Webster to get into more of this type of work; they compare well against most other Scottish practices at the minute.
#9 Posted by CADMonkey on 20 Sep 2016 at 16:38 PM
Well I can only assume the balustrade was removed after Building Control had granted the completion Certificate.
A very dangerous looking terrace.

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