Sources at Castlefield Gallery. Image courtesy John Lynch

Castlefield Gallery Associates

Please note Castlefield Gallery Associates is continuing to run its programme online. We hope to move to a blended, in person and online event programme, for Associates, subject to step-four in the government’s Covid-19 roadmap.

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.

The theme for our 2021 programme is Communicating Across Boundaries. Taking as a starting point the philosopher Val Plumwood’s assertion that the politics of solidary is different to the politics of unity, we’re looking at how we can communicate with those who aren’t “like us”. This can be communicating with non-human nature, with machines, with AI, with extra-terrestrials or with other humans. How do we come to a shared understanding across differences of language, mode of communication, culture, experience, life-form? Our first talk on this topic is by Feral Practice on Tuesday 23rd February.

Annual membership costs £60; you can join here.

**SPECIAL OFFER: 2020 or 2021 graduates can join Castlefield Gallery Associates for a special offer price of £50**  Offer valid Sunday 19 Sept 2020 to Friday 7 Jan  2022

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: Preview of Sources (2019) curated by Castlefield Gallery Associate Joe Preston. Image courtesy John Lynch