OpenTable // Open Call for Castlefield Gallery Associates

Posted on 14 March 2023

For Castlefield Gallery Associates only

For the second event in our partnership with Corridor8, the journal for contemporary art and writing in the North, we are inviting Castlefield Gallery Associates to respond to the forthcoming exhibition Archives At Play 2.

We have a small bursary available for a current Castlefield Gallery Associate to develop a text based or visual response to Archives At Play 2. The commissioned response will be shared at an OpenTable event at Castlefield Gallery on Tuesday 30th May 6.30-8.30pm alongside an invited response by exhibiting artist Grace Collins.  After the OpenTable both responses will be published in Corridor8 contributing to a series of texts that explore and reflect upon the gallery’s exhibition programme.

Bursary amount:  £150 for one Castlefield Gallery Associate

What to propose: The commissioned response can take the form of a written text – be that essay style prose, fiction, experimental writing or poetry. It is also possible to present a visual essay using either printed material or a digital collage.

The bursary presents an opportunity for Castlefield Gallery Associates to draw upon their own practice, creatively responding to a given show as well as present their work in a public event, alongside other creatives working in the region.

The first OpenTable commission with Castlefield Gallery Associate, artist/writer Bryony Dawson and writer/curator Elysia Lukoszevieze can be read online here

To apply please send: 

– A brief outline of your proposed response, detailing how you would approach the exhibition and the medium your response would be in (250 words max).

–  A link to your website or no more than 5 images of your work.

– An example of any previous written or text based wok or a visual essay (500 words max)

Please provide all the information and images in a single pdf no more than 10MB in size, which can include hyperlinks to other images/websites, and send it to with the subject line Corridor8, by 6pm, Tuesday 4th April.



Archives at Play 2 is the second in a series of exhibitions, taking the Castlefield Gallery archive as a starting point to think about how re-imagining the past opens new perspectives on the future.

The past we live in matters.  Through statues and paintings, music and images, the cultures surrounding us shape our values and visions of the future, impacting how we understand one another.  The artists in this exhibition look at history from different perspectives, finding new narratives from the past to the future.

Grace Collins (they/them) is an artist and artworker based in the North West of England. They create art with other people, support artist-led activity, ask lots of questions and listen to people’s answers. With a bit of luck, this means creating spaces for justice and expanding our idea of what the world is allowed to look like.
*Image, detail of Alistair Woods ‘A Test of Character’ 2023