As part of our New Maker support we are delighted to announce that we will be supporting an artist to participate in a residency at Cove Park in March of this year. Cove Park creates residencies in all the 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.
This is part of our programming aimed at new makers and was launched in 2017. Identifying a need to support makers at the beginning of their careers, whether it be starting up their business after further or higher education or self-taught entrepreneurs, it’s definitely an area within craft and design practice that will have consistent growth.
Our New Makers’ support started with a pilot online exhibition in 2017 (Materialise) which featured 9 outstanding makers that were selected from degree shows throughout Scotland. The exhibition can still be viewed here. We also held a successful New Makers’ CPD session, Opportunities to Connect, which introduced makers to arts organisations that offer support at this stage in their career such as Applied Arts Scotland, Craft Scotland, Creative Scotland and many more. These introductions were recorded and will be available on our website soon. Look out for an extremely inspiring key note from Kirsty Thomas of Tom Pigeon. In addition, sessions were run throughout the day to give the participants time to interact with each other, build networks and informally ask these organisations what they really wanted to know.
This year we are currently working on the next online exhibition which will be ready early spring this year. We are working with web design agency Pooka to create an engaging and exciting new platform to showcase the work of a group of specially selected makers that graduated in 2018.
From this cohort of artists, a panel of staff and board members at Fife Contemporary selected a maker to award the Cove Park residency to Caitlin Hegney, a graduate from Glasgow School of Art. She will use the opportunity to focus on and research a new body of work. On return from her residency Caitlin will share her experience and progress which we will then share with our audiences. All makers nominated were of an extremely high standard and we can’t wait to share all of their work very soon via the next online exhibition and through our social media; so keep your eyes peeled!
Now that we are into our second year of New Makers’ support we are looking at developing ways to reach and include opportunities to a wider scope of new makers, such as college graduates, self-taught artists, and artists returning to their practice after a break. We would like to include them in future online exhibitions and residencies.
If you know or are a new maker or have come to your practice from an alternative route we would love to hear how and what kind of support you would be interested in. Please email me with any suggestions at email@example.com