SLAP-BANG at Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces: Warrington

Posted on 21 October 2021

Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival and Short Supply present…


A showcase of 20 North West-based emerging artists, coming to Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces: Warrington and Warrington Museum & Art Gallery pop-up at Golden Square shopping centre as part of Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival.

This year’s festival is all about Warrington itself, but more broadly, hometown culture – their diverse communities, talented and largely undiscovered artists and unique venues. The lasting effects of the pandemic have created ongoing pressures for emerging artists, so this year’s festival strives to support Warrington’s and the wider North West’s creatives.

Short Supply provide platforms for those living and working in their respective hometowns to present new work and provide opportunities to mentor and support them. Warrington is a town with a lot to offer – one slap-bang in between two major cities of culture. How are artists living and working outside of city centres surviving some of the harshest conditions to affect artists in recent memory?


Short Supply are looking for 20 emerging artists (less than 5 years experience in the creative industries) to be involved in the Slap-Bang group showcase across venues in Warrington. The selected artists will receive a £200 fee for their participation in the show, with a wider programme of activity supported by the Short Supply and WCAF team.

Short Supply particularly welcome applications from artists who do not have any formal arts training or a higher arts education, and who are currently operating outside of city centres in Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester. They also want to encourage artists from diverse and marginalised backgrounds to apply, such as those from a lower socio-economic background, those who consider themselves to be ill/disabled, those who identify as LGBTQIA+ and those who are within an ethnic minority.

Submissions Close at 11:59pm on Sunday 7 Nov 2021. Find out more and apply HERE