- “Castlefield Gallery is the centre to the periphery, which in my thinking is the best position to work from and where I want to be. Castlefield Gallery oozes with explorers and pioneers, and understands that the currency of a scene is its ability to import and export culture, not sit stagnant in its own melting pot.” Ryan Gander OBE, Castlefield Gallery Artist Patron
Established by artists in 1984, nestled in the heart of Manchester’s Knott Mill area. Castlefield Gallery is Manchester’s first public contemporary visual art gallery dedicated to the advancement of contemporary visual art and artists. We are focused on developing visual artists’ practice and careers whilst creating opportunities for the public to engage with the art of our time. In 2018/19 alone our work reached over 100,000 attracting national and international visitors to the city region, and directly engaging with over 2000 participants. We work with artists at all stages of their career, including new graduates. Our focus is on the power of the work as opposed to the ‘status’ of the artist.
We deliver a critically acclaimed and diverse annual programme of exhibitions , projects, and events from our main gallery in central Manchester that gives early and mid-career artists the opportunity to produce new work and develop their practice – the only such organisation in Greater Manchester with the ability to facilitate this, on this scale.
Working through dynamic partnerships, including with museums and collections. Castlefield Gallery commissions, curates and produces projects with artists off-site and in the public realm, as well as delivering national and international artist residencies, and exchange programmes. We export art and culture developed and produced in the region through exchange, to enable and encourage meaningful national and international relationships for artists in the North West of England, and allow them to flourish over extended periods of time. Partnership is at the heart of everything we do, in recent years we have delivered exchanges and residenceies between artists in the region and those based nationally as well as internationally in Hungary, Switzerland, South Korea, Czechia and Denmark.
Castlefield Gallery Associates is a low-cost artist membership programme, currently supporting the work of over 200 artists, curators, and writers with mentoring, Continuing Professional Development, and peer-support networks. It also offers access to exhibition opportunities and the New Art Spaces located across Greater Manchester and the North West. Our New Art Spaces programme works with local authorities, developers and landlords to transform temporarily vacant properties into artist workspaces and project space.
Over the past three decades we have grown to become a proven leader and enabler in the development of visual artists and their work, as well as an integral part of the North of England’s cultural fabric. The timeliness of our engagement with them may span years. Many Castlefield Gallery ‘artist alumni’ go on to achieve national and international acclaim, and include Turner Prize winners and nominees such as the celebrated Lubaina Himid.
Castlefield Gallery is a registered charity, a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England and Manchester City Council Cultural Partner.
You can support us by becoming a Castlefield Gallery Guardian or Patron and become part of our continuing story, as we work towards 2024 and the celebrations for our 40-year anniversary.
In 2019 Castlefield Gallery has celebrated many new achievements including two nominations for the 2019 Manchester Culture Awards:
Winner – Inspiring Innovation as part of a partnership with Venture Arts and the Whitworth
Shortlisted – Contribution to Talent and Leadership.