Castlefield Gallery Calls for Proposals

Posted on 16 November 2014

Castlefield Gallery is excited to announce that it is once again calling for proposals from CG Associate members for either exhibitions or projects for the next Launch Pad slot in February 2015. The Deadline to apply is 12 noon on Monday 8th December.

Launch Pads are open to all CG Associate members and this time round the selectors will include artist Hilary Jack, and Castlefield Gallery’s Programme Manager Matthew Pendergast. Past selectors have included Bryan Biggs, Artistic Director of the Bluecoat, Liverpool; Bryony Bond, Curator at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Pippa Hale, Director of the Northern Art Prize and Co-Director of Project Space Leeds, Kate Jesson, Curator at Manchester Art Gallery, and Stephen Snoddy, Director of the New Art Gallery Walsall.

Launch Pads are short projects that punctuate Castlefield Gallery’s main exhibition programme, providing artists and curators with the opportunity to use the gallery as a testbed for the production, display and consumption of contemporary art. They are opportunities for artists to test out new ideas with the support of Castlefield Gallery, and feature emerging talent from the region selected from CG Associate members’ submissions (three times a year) and contemporary art BA/MA graduates from the Manchester School of Art (once a year). Launch Pad projects can run for up to ten days and are part of Castlefield Gallery’s artistic programme.

A Launch Pad can be an exhibition; it can also be, for example, 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 experience the Launch Pad. We are especially interested in proposals that use the gallery in an untypical way.

At least one artist, or the curator, must be a member of CG Associates for the duration of the application process and the project. The project must be led and proposed by a CG Associates member.

A Launch Pad is more than just an opportunity to show your work in a gallery; it is also an opportunity to develop your practice, for example by commissioning a piece of critical writing or developing new work. Launch Pad aims to provide:

·         opportunities for artists to develop their practice both critically and professionally

·         opportunities for artists to explore new avenues in their practice

·         opportunities for artists to respond to and develop current trends in contemporary visual art.

Castlefield Gallery expects the selected artists to install and de-install their projects with the support of our technician.

Castlefield Gallery will:

·         loan equipment where possible

·         provide curatorial input as agreed prior to starting the project

·         provide advice where needed on any aspect of the project

·         publicise the Launch Pad through the gallery’s website, e-newsletter, free listings and social media

·         organise a preview with refreshments

·         provide a budget of up to £500 which successful applicants can divide as appropriate to cover materials, documentation, travel expenses etc

·         provide invigilation

To apply for Launch Pad please submit:

Launch Pad project proposal (500 words max)

Artist info (250 words per artist max)

Images (jpeg or pdf): maximum 12, or 4 per artist for group projects

Breakdown of the proposed budget (the gallery will provide up to £500; artists are welcome to supplement this from other sources.)

We encourage applicants to provide all the information and images in a single pdf, which can include hyperlinks to other images and videos. You can make a Word document into a pdf by going to File > Save As pdf. You can also use free software such as Pdf Creator, available from  There is advice on How to Write a Proposal and feedback on submissions for the first few Launch Pads in the CG Associates handbook – available here:

Please send your application to