Mission: The Centre for Contemporary Art creates opportunities for audiences to experience ambitious, experimental and engaging art, and for emerging artists to develop successful careers. We welcome artists and projects with a connection to our region and collaborate with others to strengthen the arts, locally, nationally and internationally.
Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) fosters a wide range of artistic, curatorial, and critical practices through five programme streams: research and production, exhibition-making, public programmes, publishing, and residencies.
Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) developed out of the Context Gallery in The Playhouse. Since its conception in 1992, the gallery has exhibited emerging artists from Northern Ireland alongside international peers.
CCA’s activity builds on the history of the Context Gallery but has a wider mandate, fostering a range of artistic, curatorial, and critical practices, locally, regionally and internationally. CCA opened in the autumn of 2012 in a space designed by Michael Carr Architects.
CCA has collaborated with Treignac Projet, France; CIAP Vassivière, France; Ormston House, Limerick; Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Cork; IMMA, Dublin; Art in General, New York; Artsonje, Seoul; Beirut, Cairo; Belfast Exposed, Belfast; Britto Arts Trust, Dhaka; Casco, Utrecht; Collective, Edinburgh; FormContent, London; Independent Curators International, New York; Kunsthalle Lissabon; Lisbon; Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick; The Showroom, London; Temple Bar Gallery+Studios, Dublin; Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg; amongst others.
Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry Ltd
Registered in Northern Ireland NI041649 | Registered Charity Number NIC101414
Public Programmes Curator
Jaci Wilde (Chairperson), Noelle McAlinden (Vice Chairperson), Eileen Fisher, Susan Kelly
Special Advisors to the Board: Declan McGonagle, Tina McCauley
CCA is a registered charity limited by guarantee. Charity number NIC101414.
All of our work is non-profit.
CCA is grateful for the continued support of our primary funder, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. CCA also acknowledges funding and support received from Derry City and Strabane District Council, the British Council, Mondriaan Fund, Caldwell & Robinson Solicitors, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, and The Art Fund.
CCA is a member of Plus Tate.
Plus Tate is a network which comprises thirty five cultural institutions – including the Tate galleries – that have strong artistic vision, a focus on contemporary art, outstanding public programming and a commitment to local community engagement through art. Plus Tate aims to support the development of the visual arts across the UK.
10–12 Artillery St
BT48 6RG, Northern Ireland
During exhibitions the gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 12–6pm
T: +44 (0) 28 7137 3538
Wheelchair users – The gallery space is fully accessible for wheelchair users and there is a wheelchair accessible toilet in our venue.
Exhibition guide – CCA is happy to accommodate groups and offers guided gallery tours free of charge. These tours can be tailored to meet the needs of different groups, e.g. various age groups; people with a learning disability. Please contact the gallery at least one week in advance if you wish to make a booking. Staff are also available to answer your questions during visits.
Audio description – We offer audio descriptive tours of our exhibitions. Please book at least one week in advance by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Large print version – exhibition handouts are available in large print version; please ask a member of staff.
Visitors using Hearing Aids – CCA has a Rogers pen and MyLink receiver for visitors to borrow during their visit to CCA. Ask at the CCA Office.
Family Friendly Venue – We welcome visitors of all ages. Ask at the CCA Office if you require a Breastfeeding space. Some exhibitions may require parental discretion.
Visitors with Autism – We have produced an information pack for anyone planning to visit with Autism. You can download the information pack using this link.
CCA is an Autism NI Impact Award Champion.
Sensory map – CCA produces a sensory map for each exhibition. Click this link for the current exhibition’s sensory map.
Relaxed performances – Every exhibition programmes a Relaxed Performance day. Check the Exhibitions pages to find out that date of the next Relaxed Performance.
Assistance dogs – Assistance dogs and their owners are welcome to CCA.
To make your visit a safe experience CCA has introduced a range of measures including:
We will be continually monitoring how to best work safely for our staff and visitors, watch this page for updates.
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