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Call for Artists: URGENCIES (2023)

Urgencies call image 2023

The call for artists is now live for URGENCIES (2023).

URGENCIES (2023) is the third instalment of a biennial group exhibition at CCA Derry~Londonderry, which will take place from 21 January–18 March 2021. This exhibition is selected from an open call, seeking to take the temperature of what artists working today consider to be urgent, with each instalment charting shifting concerns and generations of artists over time.

This call seeks artists in the earlier stages of their careers based in Northern Ireland or with a connection to the region, who address urgencies through their work, to apply. The artworks will be selected by CCA’s Director, Catherine Hemelryk and artist Joy Gerrard. Applications can consist of existing work or proposals for unrealised work.

Each selected artist will receive an exhibition fee, transport and in the case of unrealised works, a modest production budget. CCA will support artists curatorially and help connect artists looking to work with community groups at CCA or offsite.

Applications should demonstrate how the work is urgent and relates to CCA in this location in Derry~Londonderry at this time in history. Consider including information on the presentation of the work, equipment supplied or required and - for unrealised works, performances and pieces working with communities - include practical considerations and outline costs.

Due to the expected high number of applicants, CCA unfortunately cannot offer feedback on any unsuccessful applications.

To apply please complete the application form*, Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and email it with a current CV to using the subject heading URGENCIES (2023) APPLICATION + YOUR NAME by 1 October 2022, midnight, or by post to:

Mel Bradley
Office Manager
CCA Derry~Londonderry
10–12 Artillery Street
BT48 6RG
Northern Ireland

Application Form Word doc | PDF

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form Word doc | PDF

* Artists with access requirements applying to CCA opportunities are warmly invited to email to let us know of any access requirements you may have to reduce barriers in making your application.


Artists: Martin Boyle, Bryony Dunne, Brian Farrell, Edy Fung, Kathryn Graham, Michael Hanna, Patrick Hickey, Siobhán Kelly, Lucie McLaughlin, Christopher Steenson, Frank Wasser. Selectors: Locky Morris & Catherine Hemelryk


Artists: Bronagh Gallagher, Denise McShannon, Doireann Ní Ghrioghair, Hamish MacPherson, Laura O’Connor, Michelle Hall, Myriad Carten, Niamh McConaghy, Paddy McKeown and Soft Fiction Projects (Alessia Cargnelli and Emily McFarland). Selectors: Willie Doherty & Catherine Hemelryk

Image: Kathryn Graham, Pink Confetti, 2019. Etching on tashoku long fibre paper. Installation view in the windows of Derry Print Workshop, URGENCIES (2021).