Patricia Fleming announced as co-selector of CG’s next Launch Pad project

Posted on 17 September 2016

Castlefield Gallery is delighted to announce that director of Patricia Fleming Projects, Patricia Fleming, will be the guest selector for the next CG Associates Launch Pad project.

Patricia Fleming is a freelance curator based in Glasgow who over the last twenty years has established many significant artist-led initiatives in Scotland, including Fly 1996-1999 (now Market Gallery) and Fuse. Fuse provided free studios in Glasgow and a stipend for over 500 artists from 1992-1999 including Martin Boyce, Jacqueline Donachie, Douglas Gordon, Jim Lambie, Simon Starling and Richard Wright. In 2003 she was the first curator for Wales at the Venice Biennale, creating the exhibition ‘Further’ with Cerith Wyn Evans, Bethan Huws, Paul Seawright and Simon Pope. She set up Patricia Fleming Projects, a Glasgow-based contemporary art gallery and studio which works closely with emerging and established visual artists, in 2012.

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. 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 make the most of the specific nature of this opportunity.

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 £1,000 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: maximum 12, or 4 per artist for group projects
  • Breakdown of the proposed budget (the gallery will provide up to £1,000; artists are welcome to supplement this from other sources.)

Please provide all the information and images in a single pdf no more than 10MB in size, 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 and in these Notes from the June 2015 Launch Pad feedback session with Matthew Pendergast.

Please send your application to

The Launch Pad slot is 3 – 12 February 2017, and the submission deadline is 12 noon on Monday 24th October 2016.

Anyone interested in finding out more about Launch Pads and CG Associates should visit