Launch Pad

Launch Pads are ten-day projects that punctuate our main exhibition programme; they provide an opportunity for artists, writers and curators to develop their practice critically and professionally with gallery support. Successful applicants receive a budget of £1,000, advice and curatorial input where necessary, and support from the gallery technician for the installation and de-installation of the project.
Launch Pads feature emerging talent selected from CG Associate members’ submissions (two or three times a year) and the BA and MA contemporary art courses (Interactive Arts and Fine Art) at Manchester School of Art (once a year).

The most recent CG Associates Launch Pad exhibition was Curio Curia, a collaboration between Marie Jones and Stina Puotinen (31st August to 10th September 2017), which was selected by Kate Gray, director of Collective, Edinburgh. The next Launch Pad (17th to 26th November 2017) will be An Exchange of Sorts, curated by Will Marshall and selected by Michael Birchall, Curator of Public Practice, Tate Liverpool.

The spring 2018 Launch Pad (16 to 25 February 2018) will be selected by Poppy Bowers, Exhibitions Curator at the Whitworth; the application deadline is 12 noon, 25th October. As part of Castlefield Gallery’s continuing commitment to developing critical writing in the region, for this Launch Pad we are particularly interested in projects in which a writer, or writing, plays a key part in the creative process.

Full list of Launch Pad artists and selectors to date

Members can apply to exhibit as a solo artist or as a member of a group/collective, or to curate a solo or group project. In the case of group projects, at least one participating artist or writer or the curator must be a CG Associate. (Nb Castlefield will not curate a group show from individual applications.) Launch Pad projects can run for up to ten days and are part of Castlefield Gallery’s exhibition programme.

At least one exhibiting artist, or the curator, must be a member of CG Associates for the duration of the application process and the Launch Pad.

Successful applicants receive a budget of £1,000, advice and curatorial input where necessary, and support from the gallery technician for the installation and de-installation of the project.

A Launch Pad can be an exhibition; it can also be a research project, a series of performances or participatory events, a short residency, or the use of the gallery as a project space – as long as there is at least one opportunity for the public to engage with the project.

Applicants for Launch Pad need to submit:

  • Launch Pad project proposal (500 words max)
  • Artist’s info (250 words per artist max)
  • Images (jpeg or pdf): maximum 4 per artist
  • Breakdown of the proposed budget (the gallery can provide up to £1,000 but artists are welcome to supplement this from other sources.)
Image: Curio Curia, Marie Jones and Stina Puotinen