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CCA celebrate being shortlisted for Art Fund Museum of the Year

Friday 8th October 2021 at 2pm 0 Comments

Last month the team at the Centre for Contemporary Art / CCA Derry-Londonderry, visited the Science Museum in London where they were one of five venues from across the UK who were shortlisted for the 2021 Art Fund Museum of the Year. The Art Fund Museum of the Year is the world's largest museum prize and celebrates the UK’s museums and galleries. This year the prize reflected the resilience and imagination of museums throughout the pandemic.

The overall winner was announced as Firstsite from Colchester, and whilst CCA missed out on the overall title, they remain an official ‘Shortlisted Organisation’ until the 2022 prize shortlist is announced.

CCA Derry-Londonderry opened in 1992 and has been exhibiting emerging artists from Northern Ireland alongside international peers ever since. It moved in 2012 to its current space in Artillery Street where it neighbours the historic Derry Walls. CCA is supported with The National Lottery funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, its Principal Funder.

CCA creates opportunities for audiences to experience ambitious, experimental and engaging contemporary art, and for emerging artists to develop successful careers. It commissions new artworks, presents solo and group exhibitions, public programmes and artist residencies and has its own publishing programme. It is located in an interface area within the city walls and also provides a library/workshop and offsite and online activities.

Catherine Hemelryk, Director of CCA Derry-Londonderry, commented, “It was an honour to have been on such an incredible shortlist of brilliant peers whom were a joy to get to know over the past two months Experience Barnsely, Thackery Museum of Medicine, Timespan and our huge congratulations to the winners, Firstsite.

Being on the shortlist for this prize has been a remarkable experience and we have tried to use the spotlight to highlight issues affecting our whole sector - particularly the chronic underfunding of the arts in Northern Ireland, the consequences of Brexit and the mental health problems disproportionately affecting our sector. We also used the platform to highlight the talent around us, including all of the artists and arts organisations here that we are proud to call our colleagues and friends! The judges talked about the resilience shown by the applications this year, something all arts organisations in NI have had to be to survive in so many ways.”

Dr Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added, “The Arts Council sends our warmest congratulations to CCA in being shortlisted for this prestigious prize which shines a light on the tremendous work of CCA and recognises their strength and resilience shown throughout the pandemic. Well done to the whole team.”

CCA Derry-Londonderry’s current exhibition is entitled, Tilt (At Windows). Curated by Mirjami Schuppert, Tilt (At Windows) features newly produced work by Jarkko Räsänen, with Fionnuala Doran, Paul Moore and Robin Price. The works in the exhibition examine and respond to the UTV archive, which is currently digitised by Northern Ireland’s Screen Digital Film Archive. The exhibition continues until 18 December 2021. For more information visit

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