CFCCA aims to support the professional development of artists and we offer a variety of opportunities for artists – local, national and international – to work with us.


We welcome artistic submissions at CFCCA. Exhibition proposals for our Gallery 1 and Gallery 2 spaces will be reviewed on a regular basis by our Programming team. Please be aware we plan our programme up to 2 years in advance.

To submit an expression of interest please download our Artists Submissions Application Form here.

Open call for artist video & short film submissions

CFCCA invites local North West based emerging artists to submit short artist video and films to be included in a show reel as part of our new emerging film talent event Film Focus: Interviews and Interventions in March 2017.

The gallery has previously shown work by major artists and film makers including Ben Rivers, Rachel Maclean, Wong Ping and Cao Fei, and has worked with organisations like HOME, Floating Cinema in London and Videoclub to screen films and artist video.
We invite all entrants and selected artists to attend the event and celebrate local artist/film talent in the North West.

The brief
CFCCA invites local North West based artists to submit 1 short film or artist video for consideration for the Film Focus: Interviews and Interventions showcase event and/or 1 short film for the Digital Gallery. Films should be new, 2016/17, and relate in some way to CFCCA’s exhibition programme, possible themes could include; lens based media, digital technology, visual perception, contemporary art, China, Hong Kong, art & science, public/private space. (Please see our website for more information on our recent & current exhibition programme.)
Films should be no longer than 4 minutes and should be submitted in .mov format.
Submissions should be sent via email with the following details in the body of the email (We Transfer link for video); a title, date, the name of the artist or production team, and a short detailed paragraph about the piece of work.
Deadline for entries: Sunday 12 March 2017 5pm

For full details and how to apply download the Information pack.

If you have any questions please contact CFCCA Programme & Engagement Coordinator Abi Mitchell on:

CFCCA Residency Programme

 CFCCA has a long standing and well respected residency programme that has been in place since 2003. Artists and curators are invited to live and work on site at CFCCA in a purpose built studio and living space.


The Breathe Residency programme offers artists and curators of Chinese descent an ideal environment to reflect on their practice, research and make new work under the support and guidance of the CFCCA team within an international setting. Residencies usually last up to 3 months.

The Whisper Residency is open to artists and curators of any background, but they must be UK based and interested in exploring ideas around contemporary Chinese culture. It is the perfect residency opportunity for recent graduates or emerging curators who wish to have a taster experience as it is only 3-4 weeks long.

We work with a number of international organisations to deliver our residency programme. More information about both future and previous artists-in-residence can be found on our What’s On pages.


How to Apply

Our residency programme is currently full until 2018 and we are currently not accepting open applications. Future opportunities will be advertised on this page and our social media channels.