Castlefield Gallery Associates

Please note that Castlefield Gallery Associates is continuing to run its programme during the Covid-19 outbreak. All sessions are being moved online and we are looking at how we can best support, stimulate and connect our members during this crisis. We have put together a resource list for artists and freelancers in the creative industries, which we will continue to add to.

Castlefield Gallery Associates is a membership scheme for artists, writers and independent curators working in contemporary art. It is aimed at artists, writers and curators consciously making and exhibiting work as part of an ongoing critical debate about the direction of contemporary art.

It was set up in 2012 by Castlefield Gallery to provide members with information, skills, opportunities, resources, promotion and critical dialogue. The Castlefield Gallery Associates acts as a hub, bringing together artists, curators and writers, facilitating critical exchange and engagement with members’ work and strengthening the artistic ecology of the North West. The scheme includes user-generated activities, developed in response to members’ needs and requests.

Annual membership costs £60; you can join here.

Benefits of the scheme include:

  • Opportunities to apply for once or twice a year for the Castlefield Gallery Associates Members Exhibition  (more information here).
  • Access to temporary spaces via Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces scheme, which offers ‘Pop-up’ project/exhibition spaces for artists and creative practitioners. (for more information about New Art Spaces visit
  • Artist talks
  • Peer-to-peer crit sessions.
  • Show and Tell sessions with other Castlefield Gallery Associates and invited artists
  • Practical workshops e.g. on how to make the most of your digital presence
  • An hour’s one-to-one advisory session with a key member of Castlefield Gallery staff
  • Members’ names and a link to their website/blog listed on Castlefield Gallery website
  • Invitations to Castlefield Gallery exhibition previews and events
  • 10% discount at Fred Aldous

Events and opportunities to date have included:

Image: December 2019 Castlefield Gallery Associates Christmas Party with Europia Art Collective; photo by Kevin John Pocock