Production Ireland Call For Submissions

The CCA in Derry are currently inviting submissions for their Production Ireland awards scheme for emerging artists. The deadline is June 1st and details are as follows:

Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry fosters a wide range of artistic, curatorial, and critical practices through four streams: on-site exhibitions, off-site projects, public programmes, and in- and outbound residencies. Production Ireland is CCA’s annual commissioning for emerging artists with a connection to our region. Every year, a jury composed of three international arts professionals will assess applications and select an artist, duo or group to realize a specific project. This inaugural commission has been made possible through the generous support of Arts & Businesses, Caldwell & Robinson Solicitors, and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.The selected project will be supported with a minimum production budget of £3,700 or €4,500, a fee of £1,500 or €1,800, and travel to and accommodations in the City of Derry for up to one month, if the recipient does not reside in the greater city area.

The aim of Production Ireland is to identify and support some of the most promising art practitioners connected to Ireland, North and South, and provide them with an opportunity to produce new work and bring it to the attention of a wider public. No age limit or specified nationality applies to this call but the applicant needs be in the earlier stages of his or her career and have a connection to Ireland. The jurors for this years’ commission are Locky Morris, Paul O’Neill, and Emily Pethick.

Locky Morris is an artist working in sculpture, photography, sound and video. He was born in the City of Derry where he continues to live and work. He has exhibited widely both regionally and internationally, with recent solo and group exhibitions at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Mannheimer Kunstverein, Germany, The Model, Sligo, Ireland, and White Box, New York, USA.

Dr. Paul O’Neill is a curator, educator and writer based in the UK. He has co-curated more than fifty exhibition projects including Our Day Will Come: a free-school art project, Hobart, Tasmania (2011); We are Grammar, Pratt Institute Manhattan Gallery, New York (2011); Coalesce: happenstance, SMART, Amsterdam (2009). He is currently international research fellow with the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, Dublin, international tutor on the de Appel Curatorial Programme, and visiting lecturer on the MFA Curating, Goldsmiths, London. His extensive writings on the development of contemporary curatorial discourse have been published in books, catalogues, journals and magazines. He is editor of the curatorial anthology, Curating Subjects, and co-editor of Curating and the Educational Turn, both published by de Appel and Open Editions (Amsterdam and London, 2007 and 2011), and Locating the Producers: Durational Approaches to Public Art (Amsterdam, Valiz, 2011).

Emily Pethick is the Director of The Showroom, London. From 2005-2008 she was the Director of Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory, in Utrecht, The Netherlands. From 2003-2004 she was Curator at Cubitt, London. She has contributed to numerous catalogues and magazines, including Frieze, dot dot dot, GAS, texte zur kunst, Artforum, and Untitled, edited books, such as Casco Issues X: The Great Method, with Peio Aguirre, and Casco Issues XI with Marina Vishmidt and Tanja Widmann.

Throughout the production process, the recipient will be in dialogue with CCA’s Co-Directors Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh, who will write an essay about the commissioned project. An award ceremony will be held in November in conjunction with the opening of the show.

Apply to Production Ireland
Deadline for applications is Friday, June 1st (Greenwich Mean Time). The successful applicant(s) will be contacted during the first half of July. For information about eligibility and how you apply, please visit our website for further information:

Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry
5-7 Artillery Street
BT48 6RG, Northern Ireland
+44 (0)28 71373538