Our Mission

The Centre for Contemporary Art creates opportunities for audiences to experience ambitious, experimental and engaging art, and for emerging artists to develop successful careers.

We welcome artists and projects with a connection to our region and collaborate with others to strengthen the arts, locally, nationally and internationally.

About Us

The Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) fosters a wide range of artistic, curatorial, and critical practices through five programme streams: research and production, exhibition-making, public Programmes, publishing, and residencies.

CCA developed out of the Context Gallery in The Playhouse. Since its conception in 1992, the gallery has exhibited emerging artists from Northern Ireland alongside international peers.

CCA’s activity builds on the history of the Context Gallery but has a wider mandate, fostering a range of artistic, curatorial, and critical practices, locally, regionally and internationally. CCA opened in the autumn of 2012 in a space designed by Michael Carr Architects.

In 2021 CCA was honoured to be one of the Finalists for the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021, the world's largest museum prize for CCA's work supporting artists and audiences over the pandemic.

CCA is grateful for the continued support of our primary funder, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. CCA also acknowledges funding and support received from Derry City and Strabane District Council, Caldwell & Robinson Solicitors, The Art Fund and Jerwood Developing Artists Fund.

CCA is a member of Plus Tate. Plus Tate is a network which comprises thirty five cultural institutions – including the Tate galleries – that have strong artistic vision, a focus on contemporary art, outstanding public programming and a commitment to local community engagement through art. Plus Tate aims to support the development of the visual arts across the UK.

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Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry Ltd
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Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021
Patrick Hickey for 'URGENCIES (2021)'

Team Members

Catherine Hemelryk
Public Programmes Curator
Laura McCafferty
Office Manager
Mel Bradley
Marketing & Digital Programmes Coordinator
Cecelia Graham
Youth Facilitator
Jak McGarrigle
Chair, Board Member
Joyce Cronin
Vice Chair, Board Member
Noelle McAlinden
Board Member
Susan Kelly
Board Member
Mhairi Sutherland
Board Member
Ailbhe Greaney
Board Member
Shaun McLaughlin
Board Member
Michael O'Callaghan
Special Advisor to the Board
Declan McGonagle
Special Advisor to the Board
Tina McCauley

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