Open Day for MA Contemporary Fine Art with the School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology, University of Salford, hosted by Castlefield Gallery

21 May 2024 / 12.30-3.30pm
In person at Castlefield Gallery or on Zoom

Capacity is limited. Please book here before 12pm (12noon) on 16 May 2024*. 

Considering postgraduate study in fine art? Join representatives from the MA Contemporary Fine Art and Castlefield Gallery to learn about studying at the School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology, University of Salford.

In addition to being taught by practising artists with national and international reputation, students on the course benefit from engagement with industry professionals resulting from the University of Salford’s dynamic partnerships. Greater Manchester has one of the fastest growing creative sectors outside of London, and Castlefield Gallery is one of several significant industry partners the University of Salford collaborates with each year. This includes opportunities for one-one artist statement reviews with Curators, industry led work critique sessions and placement opportunities. These Industry partnerships are designed to boost the career prospects of those studying on courses at the School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology.  

Castlefield Gallery’s engagement with students extends beyond study periods. 2024 marks 10 years of the University of Salford Art Collection and Castlefield Gallery’s collaboration on the Graduate Scholarship programme, Salford Scholars. Each year, graduate scholarships are awarded to a selection of students. Those continuing onto the Salford Scholars programme receive bespoke support tailored to their individual needs and aspirations, including a programme of mentoring, coaching and professional development, a Castlefield Gallery Associates membership, a materials bursary and a 12 month sponsored studio space with one of the scheme’s studio partners in Salford: Hot Bed Press, Islington Mill, and Paradise Works. MA Contemporary Fine Art students are eligible to apply to Salford Scholars as they come to the end of their study period. 

Find out more, join us for an informal conversation at Castlefield Gallery on 21 May 2024. Click here to book a 30 minute 1-2-1, either in person at Castlefield Gallery or online via zoom, with one of the following people: 

– Alex Frost (Lecturer MA Pathways, University of Salford)

– Megan Powell (Lecturer MA Pathways, University of Salford)

– Matthew Pendergast (Curator and Deputy Director, Castlefield Gallery) 

– A current MA Contemporary Fine Art student.

MA Contemporary Fine Art Course summary

The MA in Contemporary Fine Art is a course that emphasises how making is informed by theory to enable you to view, critique, and challenge the way we experience the world.

As a practical course, there is a strong emphasis on making alongside situating your practice within a professional context, which is locally based, through industry partnerships, and extends to a universal global context. There is a framework of making, research and ideas that compliment and enmesh with each other in a dynamic of stimulus, response and exchange. A range of para-disciplinary approaches are available alongside more established modes of creating, providing the opportunity to question, explore, learn, test, develop and refine your artistic individuation.

Studying within our professional studios and workshops at the New Adelphi campus. You will have access to print, textiles, photography, wood, and metal workshops, and well as the latest cutting-edge industry technology in our digital labs including digital print and textiles, 3D modelling, immersive technologies, sound recording and film studios all on campus.

You will be taught by practising artists, each with national and international reputations, who will encourage you to consider your practice beyond the traditional studio setting, exploring work made though site-specific, environmental, digital, and residency-based contexts. The course prides itself on partnerships with a whole range of professional organisations, including our bespoke collaboration with Castlefield Art Gallery which is central to the programme.

Click here to read more about the course, course facilities, teaching staff, further study opportunities and how to apply to courses at the University of Salford. 


If you have specific access needs you wish to make Castlefield Gallery aware and/or discuss, please contact Leslie Remonato at and ensure you also copy your email to Matthew Pendergast at  

If you need to contact Castlefield Gallery by phone, please call 0161 832 8034 and ask for either Leslie Remonato or Matthew Pendergast. 

If calling outside of Castlefield Gallery office hours then please leave a voicemail stating your full name, what you are calling about and who you are trying to reach, and ensure you clearly state your contact number. We will call you back as soon as we can, and within 3 working days of you leaving your voicemail.  

Please note Castlefield Gallery office hours are Tuesday–Sunday, 10am–6pm. Castlefield Gallery offices are closed on Mondays. 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Castlefield Gallery’s Equality Policy is underpinned by the Equality Act (2010) which provides a legal framework to protect people from discrimination, harassment and victimisation in the workplace and wider society. Castlefield Gallery is committed to the promotion of equal opportunities in all aspects of our work, including management, employment practices with both paid workers and volunteers, access to services and service provision. We fully support the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion. We recognise that groups and individuals in society are disadvantaged due to discrimination directed against them by both direct and indirect discrimination. We aim to remove any barriers, bias or discrimination that prevents individuals or groups from realising their potential and to develop organisational cultures that positively value diversity. Castlefield Gallery is fully wheelchair accessible and assistance dogs are welcome.

Image: Thumbs Up, Artist tour & panel discussion. Photo courtesy Castlefield Gallery © Talulla Greenwood