Local Identifier(s)

OC/8/1/B (local reference number)


Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (1989-) (is accumulator of)


2003 onwards ()

Access status

Accessible online


Scope and Content

Records relating to the application and selection process for the residency programme at the Centre. 


This set includes physical and born-digital records which have been brought together physically or intellectually to show the processes by which the Centre selected resident artists. Many born-digital records can be found elsewhere in the collection within the order they were originally transferred to the Archive. 

From 2003-2006, the Centre's main residency scheme, 'Breathe' selected artists on a yearly basis for 3 month residencies. Open calls were published in the Spring of each each and a selection panel would make the final selection in the summer. Each round of residencies would usually start in November of each year. 

From November 2006-November 2008, the Centre's 3 month residencies were either externally funded or were collaborations with other arts organisations. Often artists were pre-selected or each residency had its own selection process.  The Centre returned to the annual call for applications in Spring 2008 for its residencies between November 2008-November 2009. 

The Centre also had shorter 'Whisper' residencies which were open to emerging UK-based artists and were closely linked to the Centre's artist development schemes. The artists selected between 2004-2006 were all based in north west England as part of the Creative Diversity: Greater Manchester (CD:GM)  project. Artists who took part in Whisper residencies between 2006-2008 were part of the Centre's Personal Artist Development (PAD) scheme. From 2008, the Whisper residencies were open to any emerging UK-based artist and were selected on a rolling basis. 


Management and Use

Conditions of Access

Unless restricted under UK legislation, accessible surrogates of the records within this set are accessible for private non-commercial research use online or in the CFCCA Library by appointment.

Conditions of Use

Records which are the copyright of the Centre are available for private non-commercial use. For other uses please contact the copyright holders. See individual records for more information.

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This record set was created in 2021 as part of the 'Multicultural Heritage at the Crossroad: Organisational Resilience, Institutional Archive and Multicultural Voices' project with support from London Metropolitan University.

Rules or conventions

Our archival collections have been catalogued following the International Standard of Archival Description (ISAD(G)) and principles of Records in Context (RiC). The library collection has been documented following the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) standard and the International Standard for Bibliographic Description (ISBD).

Subject terms for the collections have been taken from the Resource Description Access (RDA) values which are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License; the National Archives’ PRONOM online registry of technical information; IANA media types. MIME types; Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)® and Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN)® which are made available under the ODC Attribution License.