CCA x Jerwood = Supports

Gallery 3 view of 'Ferox': the second half of the artist's table, lit up showing text and lines connected across the black surface

CCA x Jerwood = Supports is a two-year development programme aimed at supporting emerging artistic practice. A combination of short training courses, mentoring, crits, surgeries, feedback and more will take place throughout 2023–24 made possible with funding from Jerwood Developing Artist Fund.

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As part of CCA x Jerwood = Supports, CCA is embarking on a period of research to further our understanding of the current support that’s available for early career artists in Northern Ireland. This research will enable us to identify potential measures to enhance this support, informing future programmes.

Your insights are valuable in shaping the future of the arts and culture sector in Northern Ireland and your contribution to this project will be much appreciated.

Find a link to contribute to the research here. Please fill out the form by Thursday 14 March 2024.


As a thank you for contributing, your name will be entered into a draw and two names will be picked to receive a CCA Edition. To opt in please tick the box at the end of the form to enter the draw.

CCA x Jerwood = Supports is launching a new strand of application feedback sessions for artists. These will offer artists two hours of bespoke support for artists making applications that might require a range of material, such as CVs, artist statements, proposals, budgets, and support material. This opportunity is for artists who are not currently in any type of formal education who have begun their professional practice. These feedback sessions are for those based in or from the north of Ireland.

Throughout 2023, 30 slots will be available. 12 of these will be ring-fenced for summer, with the expectation that Arts Council of Northern Ireland will announce their annual support scheme for individual artists, whilst the remaining 18 will be spread throughout the year, with two 2-hour sessions available per month from March-December.

Whilst each artist and application will be different, the two hour slots could be broken down across two sessions as follows:

  • 30 minutes of initial reading, followed by 30 minutes of discussion between artist and reviewer

  • Then, some days later, 30 minutes of final reading and 30 minutes of further feedback

To book:

Please email Laura on to book your slot. These will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis, so artists are advised to plan in advance. It is imagined that the feedback sessions will take place via Zoom, however, we will make any reasonable adjustments to accommodate access requirements.


We welcome and encourage applications from artists from marginalised backgrounds.

Should the artist and reviewer agree to meet in person, CCA Supports x Jerwood can support travel costs and any access requirements such as childcare. Applicants with access requirements applying for opportunities are warmly invited to email Laura on to let us know of any access requirements you may have to reduce any barriers in making your application or participating in the programme.


1-to-1 surgeries with CCA Director Catherine Hemelryk are also available for artists who want to chat about their work, or receive critical and practical advice. Booking information is available below…

For artists and creatives at any stage of their career who are trying something new. This opportunity is for artists who are not currently in any type of formal education who have begun their professional practice and are based in or from the north of Ireland.

During the sessions, eight artists in total will share a piece of their work with the rest of the group. The session is facilitated by CCA Public Programmes Curator Laura McCafferty. Four artists present each week, with the rest of the group providing feedback through discussion. This is a platform for artists to receive feedback and the chance to generate a discussion around your work. Information about the crit and the Zoom link for this event will be sent to you in advance. A short break will be given halfway through the crit.

*Please note that you can attend these Crits if you have already taken part in a previous series*

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CCA x Jerwood = Supports is funded by Jerwood Developing Artist Fund and Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

These 1-2-1 surgeries are for artists who want to chat about their work, or receive critical and practical advice such as funding application feedback with CCA’s Director Catherine Hemelryk. This opportunity is for artists who are not currently in any type of formal education who have begun their professional practice, and are based in or from the North of Ireland. We will have four slots available per day, each lasting for 25 minutes. The following dates are available:

Saturday 9 March 2024

Saturday 16 March 2024

You can book your free ticket and find available time slots on our online shop:

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CCA x Jerwood = Supports is funded by Jerwood Developing Artist Fund and Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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CCA Derry~Londonderry is honoured to be one of the beneficiaries of the Jerwood Developing Artist Fund. Entitled CCA x Jerwood = Supports, this two-year development programme a support for early career artists and curators will begin in 2023.

CCA joins 15 other programmes across the UK as part of Jerwood Arts' £1million of funding for leading arts organisations to delivery transformative programmes tailored to what early-career artists, curators and producers need now. You can read more about Jerwood Arts and the Developing Artist Programme at

Lilli Geissendorfer, Director of Jerwood Arts, said:
“We are delighted to be supporting CCA to resource such a critical range of inclusive developmental activities for early-career visual artists and curators across Northern Ireland over the next two years. It’s clear the pathways and networks will provide important support and confidence to artists enabling them to build their networks and develop more sustainable careers for the long-term."

Catherine Hemelryk, Director of Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry, said:
“We are thrilled to be part of the prestigious Jerwood Developing Artists programme. This fund is vital in enabling us to build upon our previous work supporting artists and significantly expand our activity at a time of urgent need for artists in the north. We hope this fund will boost the careers not only of artists working today, but future generations too through much-needed research and development that will feed into Northern Ireland-wide strategies.”

CCA x Jerwood = Supports was developed by CCA with Researcher Jane Morrow who will be working with CCA over the two-year period that will scope the current provision available for artists in the north. We will be talking to artists about their realities and needs to help shape longer-term artist support in our region.

The programme will begin in January and will include a combination of short training courses, mentoring, crits, surgeries, application feedback and other resources. The programme provides access support for artists that need it to reduce barriers to participation, and includes paid opportunities for artists to take risks and make experimental ideas a reality.

The full list of organisations:

Another Route, Bradford Producing Hub, CCA Derry~Londonderry, Derby Theatre and In Good Company (IGC), Derby Theatre and IGC Independent Producer Residencies, Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA), Glyndebourne, HOME (Greater Manchester Arts Centre), Leeds Playhouse, MAYK Theatre CIC, Mediale, New Diorama Theatre (NDT), Outburst Arts, Prime Cut Productions, Somerset House Studios, Theatre Royal Plymouth (TRP), Young Vic.

About CCA Derry~Londonderry

The Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) is a publicly funded space within the historic city walls of Derry~Londonderry. CCA creates opportunities for audiences to experience ambitious, experimental and engaging art and for emerging artists to develop successful careers. 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 was a Finalist in Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021 for its work during the pandemic. CCA is supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Derry City & Strabane District Council and Art Fund.

About Jerwood Arts

Jerwood Arts is the leading independent funder dedicated to supporting early-career artists, makers, curators and producers to develop and thrive across the UK. We are committed to supporting artistic freedom of expression and being as inclusive as possible across all our work. We collaborate with organisations across artforms, disciplines and genres to create transformative opportunities and a more sustainable sector, supporting imaginative awards, fellowships, residencies, projects, programmes, bursaries and commissions.

About Jerwood Developing Artists Fund

The Jerwood Developing Artists Fund is a dedicated fund from Jerwood Arts to support arts organisations to deliver transformative early-career artist development programmes across the UK.