Rebecca Huggan

Rebecca has been with The NewBridge Project for the last 4 years as Programme Director, and Studio and Programme Coordinator before that. Her role involves overseeing the artistic programme, fundraising and managing NewBridge studios and exhibition spaces. Rebecca’s role includes strategic development of the organisation and managing partnerships. She has recently worked on independent projects with Bait and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, and has previously worked at AV Festival, Northern Film and Media, Vane and Project Space Leeds.

Niomi Fairweather
Programme Director

Niomi’s role includes managing the production of the artistic programme and our artist development programme, Practice Makes Practice. Niomi works closely with NewBridge studio and associate members to develop our programme via committee. She also manages the finances and assists with the management of the artists’ studios. Niomi previously worked at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

Clare Gomez
Studio & Programme Coordinator

Clare supports the management of the artist studios and oversees membership applications. Clare is the main point of contact for internal hires, studio members and public enquiries. Clare assists with the artistic programme and marketing. Clare also works at the Hatton Gallery, and has previously worked for AV Festival, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northern Film & Media.

Dan Russell
Artist Development Coordinator

Dan helps oversee the Collective Studio and Practice Makes Practice. He is an artist who usually works with other people across visual art, music, design and socially-engaged projects. He has been involved in running several artist-led collectives, project spaces and studios in Manchester and is most interested in longer-term, process-led ways of working.

Kuba Ryniewicz
Bookshop Producer

Kuba is our creative bookshop producer; he works with artists and other creatives to provide unique publications from all over the world. Part of his role is to bring new exciting talks, workshops and other events related to print culture to our bookshop. Kuba’s interest lies in artist publications, self-publishing, zines and independent magazines.

Programme Committee

Current Members

Lucas Ferguson-Sharpe / Lesley Guy / Sarah Stamp

Previous Committee Members

Michael Davies / Jen Douglas / Aaron Guy / Lauren Healey / Julia Heslop / Toby Lloyd / Peter Ashley Jackson / Cath Keay / Luke McCreadie / Oliver Perry / Sabina Sallis / Cecilia Stenbom / Thomas Whittle / Andrew Wilson

Practice Makes Practice Steering Group

Current Steering Group

Jenny Alderson / Andrea Allan / Keano Anton / Jon Cornbill / Lucas Ferguson-Sharpe / Juliet Fleming / Laura Stutter Garcia / Lesley Guy / Dave Lisser / Matt Pickering / Theresa Poulton / Sarah Stamp / Hope Stebbing / Clare Townley / Mal Welford / Zara Worth

Previous Steering Group Members

Paula Adams / Peter Ashley Jackson / Hannah Marsden / Rosie McLachlan / Luke Mullen / Louie Pegna / Janina Sabaliauskaites / Andrew Wilson

Julia Bell
Trustee (Chair)

Julia Bell, was Head of Partnerships (Visual Arts) based at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art from 2009-2016. She was Curator at Middlesbrough Art Gallery 2000-2003 and Acting Collections Curator at the Crafts Council 1998. Julia has a Masters in Museum & Gallery Studies from the University of Newcastle, a BA (Hons) in Three Dimensional Design from the University of Northumbria and is a Board Trustee of York Museum Trust, AV Festival and The NewBridge Project. Julia now works as a freelance consultant within the cultural sector and as a Director of Parapluie.

Julia Heslop

Julia is an artist and studio member at The NewBridge Project. She has a PhD in Human Geography from Durham University. The potentials for participation in recreating the urban environment are central to her art practice which spans large scale architectural installation and video. She also teaches Architecture and Planning at Newcastle University and likes to spend time in Albania.

Ray Mills

Ray recently retired from PwC where he was a partner in Corporate Finance specialising in regeneration and infrastructure and real estate development. In his career with the firm he also set up and led the Social Investment and Enterprise advisory team providing support to governments, agencies, social enterprises and corporates seeking to increase their social and economic impact through investment in socially responsible ventures. He is currently a non-executive director in a number of start-up businesses and charities covering the media, arts and real estate sectors.

Ilana Mitchell

Ilana is a practising artist, curator and project facilitator living in Newcastle since 1998. She is very proud of her recent British Academy “Rising Star” Award for her collaboration with philosopher Dr Rachael Wiseman. She is equally proud of her other work, whether it gets awards or not.
She is Artistic Director of Wunderbar, a producer and creator of “playfully disruptive and seriously curious” projects since 2009 and was a founding member of Star and Shadow Cinema. She is also a 2002 graduate of Newcastle University’s Fine Art degree course.

Paul Richter

Paul Richter is a Lecturer in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Newcastle University, where he obtained a PhD in the area of public services innovation. He has performed teaching and research roles in higher education for many years. One of Paul’s current roles is the Director of a postgraduate programme – MA Arts, Business & Creativity – designed for creative graduates seeking to apply their artistic and creative talents to a viable career or business start-up. Paul’s research interests include the shape and sustainability of organizational models for cultural and creative practitioners and the significance of such activities in terms of a region’s creative economy.

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