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CCA Creative Lab 2018-19

The Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow invites submissions from artists to explore new ideas and methods in the Creative Lab residency space.

Artists working in or exploring live art, contemporary performance, movement, new theatre, film, video, time-based media and interdisciplinary projects are invited to submit proposals to be considered for a CCA Creative Lab residency.

Creative Lab objectives:

• An opportunity for emerging and established artists to have time to develop new ideas, rather than focusing on the final outcome.
• To give artists an opportunity to show their investigations to the public and peers for feedback.
• To provide networking opportunities with other users of the building, including artists, cultural tenants and other CCA contacts.

General information:

The Creative Lab space at the CCA is a light and versatile room approximately 7 m x 11.70m. Support for four out of eleven Creative Lab residencies can include use of a small residential space to sleep one person. The flat has availability in December 2018, Jan 2018 and Mar 2019. Technical assistance for sound and lighting can also be requested. Applicants should make it clear in the submissions if their Creative Lab would depend on technical or other provision. CCA has £500 allocated for each four-week Creative Lab, or £250 for a two-week residency (which should cover any production or technical costs for in-progress showings etc).

Dates: Eleven slots, up to four weeks each, April 2018 – March 2019.
The time slots for the Creative Lab space are on a fixed diary. Please let us know your preferred month from the list and we will notify you of the closest available slot. Please also indicate whether your require use of CCA’s artist flat – this is only available in December 2018, Jan 2018 and Mar 2019.

Selection process:

Applications from artists based in Scotland will be particularly welcome. The overall selection aims to find a balance in gender, age, artistic content, contemporary discourse and media. The applications are reviewed by CCA's programme team: Alex Misick, Programme Coordinator, Viviana Checchia, Public Engagement Curator, Ainslie Roddick, Curator, and Francis McKee, Director.

General criteria:

• Time spent must be on development of the artist's own, original work.
• Creative Lab time is for research rather than rehearsal time.
• We are primarily looking for artists who are unable to fit easily into theatre, poetry, dance as traditional categories. The focus is on the contemporary artist who specialises in the realisation of ideas, rather than pursuing a specialism.
• Artists will usually be required to share their work in a format to be discussed with the CCA, such as an open studio day, an artist’s talk, or a work-in-progress performance.
• Artists must also help with evaluation and provide appropriate documentation of their Creative Lab.
• Artists must conform to CCA’s Health & Safety rules and regulations.
• Equal Opportunities will be employed in the selection of these labs in line with CCA’s policies.

To submit a proposal:

Applications by email are preferred. Submissions should comprise of:
1 - A brief (maximum 2 sides A4) description of the work you would like to investigate, including the conceptual basis, content, art forms used, and how much time you would need. Please send this as a PDF document.
2 - A CV and list of artist’s experience, as a PDF document.
3 - Supporting material:
Images of recent work and/or documentation of recent work in PDF format.
If appropriate, website, vimeo, soundcloud or dropbox links (or similar) to video documentation, moving image work and/or sound work
Hardcopy applications with CD/DVD documentation will be accepted but electronic application is preferred.

Email applications to: mar@cca-glasgow.com
Or send hardcopy proposals to: Michael-Alan Read, Creative Lab, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD.

Please provide a stamped self-addressed envelope if you wish CCA to return your supporting material.
Enquiries: gen@cca-glasgow.com

Deadline: Monday 11 December, 6pm

Mophradat residency at CCA

Visual artists from Egypt can now apply for a three-month self-directed residency at CCA from 1 July to 30 September, 2018. The deadline for applications is 15 December 2017.

The successful applicant will be based in CCA's artist flat in order to undertake research around the city. CCA will help facilitate research and meetings with other practitioners. The artist may occasionally use CCA’s spaces for screenings, workshops and critiques during their residency, and will be provided with marketing and a small amount of technical support for these events, to be arranged in advance with the programme team. They are welcome to use CCA’s equipment, including projectors, sound kit and lights to experiment. CCA staff also offer feedback on work when invited to do so. CCA has a small artist’s flat on its third floor, which is where the resident will be accommodated, and Mophradat will cover their flight to Glasgow, monthly stipend, a studio if needed, visa, and travel insurance.


Applications must be submitted in English, include all the following material, and be sent by email to info@mophradat.org by 15 December, 2017.

Application must include, in the following order:
A. Application form: Please fill out the PDF application form, downloadable here.
B. CV/resume: Please include your exhibition history and educational background.
C. Artist statement: In 250 words or less, write a statement about your work.
D. Statement of purpose: In 250 words or less, describe your potential projects, ideas and expectations for the residency at CCA.
E. References: Please provide the name, email, telephone number and postal address of three references who can comment on your recent work and artistic development on a professional level.
F. List of images: The titles on the list of images should correspond to those marked in the titles of the digital image files. Include the title, date, medium, dimensions and a brief description of each work (less than 50 words).
G. Documentation: A selection of up to 10 images and/or videos with your application. The image files should be sent via email with the application paperwork. Each image file must be titled with your Last Name, underscore, First Name, image number. Example: Smith_Amal01; Smith_Amal02

Accepted file type: separate JPG files or PDF
Maximum size: A4 or 1000 px
Image resolution: 72 DPI

Videos (time-based media, film, kinetic art, performance art documentation):
Files should be made available as a link (e.g. Vimeo or YouTube), or a downloadable file that does not expire provided by file-hosting services such as Dropbox or video-sharing websites. One video counts as one image, the duration does not matter. Video files of still artwork or documentation of artistic process will not be viewed. Videos should be also listed in the List of Images accompanying your application.

For more information, please contact info@mophradat.org or visit mophradat.org.


Mophradat in collaboration with the CCA director will select candidates on the basis of the quality of their work and their potential to take full advantage of the programme. Candidates will be notified by email of the committee’s decision by 1 February, 2018.

All applicants, whether selected or not, receive a response to their applications. Due to the high volume of applications and the confidentiality of the selection process, Mophradat does not provide individual feedback explaining the reason an application was not selected.

Intermedia Gallery: Call for Submissions 2018/19
Intermedia is an independent gallery space funded by Glasgow City Council and managed by the CCA in partnership with Glasgow Life. The gallery is located within CCA but operates independently of CCA’s curated exhibition programme.

Exhibitions are selected by a panel that includes representatives of both CCA, Glasgow Life and the city’s independent visual arts sector. Funding is awarded to exhibiting artists towards exhibition costs. In return, artists take full responsibility for organising, curating, installing, publicising, invigilating and de-installing their exhibition.

The next deadline for applications to exhibit at Intermedia is 5pm on Monday 5 February 2018.

For further information on how to apply please contact Michael-Alan Read at mar@cca-glasgow.com.

If you require additional support in completing the application, or would like to submit via an alternative format please contact mar@cca-glasgow.com.

Applications are received from a wide variety of individuals and groups, from which a programme of exhibitions is selected by a panel of artists / arts professionals based on criteria of quality of work and creative development. The costs of the gallery’s overheads are covered and a small subsidy is provided towards exhibitors’ costs (£600). In return, artists take full responsibility for organising, curating, installing, publicising, invigilating, and de-installing their exhibition, all in line with CCA’s own Health and Safety guidelines. CCA will provide additional marketing and admin support.

Proposals for exhibitions at Intermedia for the period May 2018 – April 2019 are now being sought. If you are interested in exhibiting, please complete the application form and return it with your exhibition proposal: this should take the form of one pdf document and include all supporting information (including cover letter, links, images, etc).

If possible please apply via email, however hard copies will be accepted. The submission should include, as one single pdf document:
-A description of the work that will be exhibited.
-A CV for each artist involved in the exhibition.
-Six images of each artist’s work.

Please send images in PDF format, if possible, all contained with a single overall submission document. If you require support please contact mar@cca-glasgow.com. Images on disk will be accepted but email applications are preferred. Artists working in time based media may submit online links to work (such as YouTube or Vimeo), but please ensure these are listed within the submission document. Alternatively, artists may submit a DVD which should last, in total, no more than 7 – 10 minutes but which may include edited pieces from a number of works. All material should be clearly labelled detailing the work it contains and the full duration of the pieces. (Please specify whether the images are of work you intend to exhibit.) Cover letters and any additional information may also be included as part of the submission, but please ensure these are contained within the overall submission document – content from email cover letters will not be referred to in the shortlisting process.

Applications from Glasgow-based practitioners will be prioritised. Submissions from artists who will not be in full-time education at the time of exhibition will also be prioritised. UK-wide and International proposals will be accepted if the proposal demonstrates an invigilation plan for the exhibition.

Historically, Intermedia’s programme has aimed to support emerging artists working in Glasgow. We recognise that ‘emerging’ is a word often associated with age, however, we believe that an artistic practice can ‘emerge’ or ‘re-emerge’ at any stage in life. The overall selection aims to find a balance between gender, artistic content, contemporary discourse and different media. The selection process is consciously non-discriminatory against sexuality, ethnicity and disability. If you have any questions about application please feel free to get in touch.

Your application must arrive no later than 5pm on the closing date, Monday 5 February 2018. We are unable to accept late applications.

Please title the application with your name and ‘Intermedia Application’, then email this to mar@cca-glasgow.com

Hard-copy applications should be posted to:
Michael-Alan Read, Creative Lab, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD.

For further information please contact viviana@cca-glasgow.com
Tel: 0141 352 4900