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Contemporary Arts Portfolio Surgeries

  • Castlefield Gallery 2 Hewitt Street Manchester, England, M15 4GB United Kingdom (map)

In partnership with Castlefield Gallery, CIT presents our popular portfolio surgeries for visual artists wishing to discuss their work with leading arts professionals. 

Get advice on your work, career path and portfolio in a one-to-one session. Artists can bring their work either in digital form on laptop or tablet, or in print form up to A3 size.

There are 20 surgery slots available and appointments will be made on the basis of our best being able to match artists with viewers suitable to their work.

Portfolio Viewers

Emma Dean, Curator, BALTIC

Paul Moss, Co-Director, Workplace 

Matthew Pendergast, Curator, Castlefield Gallery

Helen Wewiora, Director, Castlefield Gallery

Book now for a session to get feedback for your work and/or get advice on progressing your development as an artist.

To request a surgery session: Email with a brief description of your work (50 words) and  your reasons for booking a surgery (50 words) along with any relevant web links. This information will be used to select successful applicants and to best match applicants to a portfolio viewer.

Key Dates

Deadline Monday 2nd July, 12pm

Selection made by end of play Tuesday 3 July

CIT inform outcome to successful applicants Wednesday 4 July

Please note

Artists selected for the portfolio reviews will be asked to make payment before the event - we will let you know how to pay when the slot is confirmed. We cannot make any exceptions to this as we do not have facilities to take payment on the day of the event.

Previous portfolio viewers have included: Bryony Bond, Curator of Temporary Exhibitions at Whitworth Art Gallery; Ceri Hand, Founder and Director of Ceri Hand Gallery; Paulette Terry Brien, Co-Director at The International 3; Sarah Brown, Curator at Leeds Art Gallery; Rosie Cooper, Curator at Liverpool Beinnial; Clarissa Corfe, former Castlefield Gallery Deputy Director/Curator, currently Exhibitions Officer at Harris Museum and Art Gallery; Lorenzo Fusi, Artistic Director at Open Eye; Clare Gannaway, Curator at Manchester Art Gallery; Cheryl Jones, Director of Grand Union, Birmingham; Deborah Kermode, Deputy Director at Ikon Gallery; Kwong Lee, Director at Castlefield Gallery; Helmut Lemke, artist and educator; Richard Parry, Curator at Grundy Art Gallery; Sara-Jayne Parsons, Exhibitions Curator at Bluecoat; Matthew Pendergast, Programme Manager at Castlefield Gallery; Jane Rolo, Director at Book Works; and artist Elaine Speight; Tony Trehy, International Art Curator and Poet and Manager of Bury Art Museum.

Earlier Event: July 16
CIT Artists Advice Sessions