Practice makes Practice is an artist development programme run by artists for artists, initiated by The NewBridge Project.

Practice makes Practice focuses on developing artistic talent and equipping artists with the necessary skills to manage their practice, bridging the gap between art school, studio practice, the gallery and beyond.

Practice makes Practice is a regular programme of events, workshops, opportunities, talks, field-trips, exchanges and mentoring, creating a forum for shared learning, critical conversation, space for networks to cultivate and alternative models of practice to develop.

Practice makes Practice is open to all through a membership scheme. Creating a supportive cohort of artists to shape the programme ensuring it develops in response to the needs and interests of its members.

The programme is open to our Studio Members, and to the wider arts community through an associate Artist Membership, see below for details on how to join.

We know different artists need different things so what we do varies each month. Here is the model:

Nuts and bolts
Advice sessions and practical workshops on how to survive as an artist; from grant writing, self-employment, promoting and selling artwork, publication making and more.

Talk about art
Through crits, discussions, studio visits and one-to-one sessions with artists and cultural professionals, creating a supportive environments for artists to talk about their work and get feedback, helping develop conceptual and making processes.

How it all fits together
Artistic practice is influenced by a variety of elements; from social, political, technological and scientific – we host discussions with people from lots of different fields to connect artists with different sectors and current societal concerns.

It’s important to have a supportive peer group around you; we host get-togethers, socials and pot-luck dinners creating opportunities to meet and talk.

Field Trips
We want to connect artists, curators and galleries across cities and regions, we arrange visits and exchanges to help facilitate new networks and collaborations.

Members will have access to dedicated opportunities, from residencies, exhibitions and exchanges.

Workshop space
We all need space to make, work and think – as part of Practice makes Practice you will receive access to our wood workshop, darkroom and print facilities and a co-working space within NewBridge studios.

***We are open to any ideas, events, people, methods, opinions you would like to put forward for the Practice makes Practice programme. We can provide bursaries to invite artists, organisations and industry specialists to NewBridge. Just get in touch.

Become a NewBridge Artist Member:

Join The NewBridge Project as an Artist Member. This membership will enable you to become part of a community of supportive peers and gives you access to Practice Makes Practice events and opportunities.

Annual Artist Membership: £30

Click here to complete an online application form.

What you get:
– Free* access to Practice Makes Practice events
– Members only opportunities, such as residencies, exhibitions, exchanges and field trips
– Opportunity to input and shape the Practice Makes Practice programme
– An artist profile page on our website
– Access to shared workspace within NewBridge Studios, which is open 10.30-5.30, and has free wifi, tea and coffee
– Access to our woodwork shop and darkroom
– 10% off in NewBridge Bookshop

* Some larger scale events may have an additional cost, members will receive a subsidised rate.

The Newbridge Project