Rebecca Huggan

Rebecca’s oversees 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 and was regional editor at Corridor 8.

Dan Russell
Artist Development Programmer

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.

Grace Denton
Admin & Marketing Coordinator

Grace works to support and promote all activity across The NewBridge Project. She was part of the 2017-18 Collective Studio cohort, and has also previously been a studio member at Carliol House. In her art practice she uses video, performance, text and installation. She has worked in arts admin and marketing since 2010 at organisations including Tyneside Cinema, Watershed and The Architecture Centre Bristol.

Ruby Glover
Studio & Member Coordinator

Ruby provides organisational and administrative support across NewBridge membership and volunteer programmes. She also coordinates the day-to-day management of the studios and buildings. She has worked in a number of people-focused and facility management positions, her previous role was at Toffee Factory. Ruby is a soon to be graduate in Photography and has a developing narrative style inspired by cinema.

Hannah Kirkham
For Solidarity Project Coordinator

Hannah works to support the network of initiatives and organisations who are part of our ongoing For Solidarity project. Together with Niomi she runs regular events and promotes the community work done locally that exists outside of restrictive economic models. She has been a member of NewBridge for 7 years and, amongst other creative projects, hand-crafts clothing using organic and recycled fabrics under the name Scout & Rae.

Niamh Cunningham
Freelance Bookkeeper

Niamh is a self-employed bookkeeper, working principally for charities in Newcastle, including Creativity Culture & Education, Fertile Ground Dance Ltd and Ballet Lorent. She also acts as trustee and treasurer for two other charities. She works with us one day a week to keep our finances in order.

Programme Committee

Current Members: Andrew Wilson / Calum Bayne / Ciara Lenin / Evelyn Cromwell / obscure / Jessica Bennett / Jenny McNamara / Lydia Bailey / Matt Pickering

Previous Members: Lucas Ferguson-Sharpe / Lesley Guy / Sarah Stamp / Michael Davies / Jen Douglas / Taryn Edmonds / Aaron Guy / Lauren Healey / Julia Heslop / Toby Lloyd / Alex Lockwood / Peter Ashley Jackson / Cath Keay / Hannah Kirkham / Hannah Marsden / Luke McCreadie / Lydia Catterall / Oliver Perry / Sabina Sallis / Cecilia Stenbom / Thomas Whittle / Andrew Wilson

Practice Makes Practice Steering Group

Previous Steering Group Members

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

Ilana Mitchell
Trustee (Chair)

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.

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.

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.


Jonathan Combe

Jonathan is a real estate lawyer and heads up Muckle LLP’s award winning real estate team. Jonathan has over 30 years’ experience in handling complex real estate development, investment and funding transactions and is the client relationship partner for many of Muckle’s major real estate clients. He has previously held non-executive positions at Wunderbar and various other not for profit organisations spanning the arts and sports’ sectors.

Sally Dixon

Sally is passionate about developing arts and culture in the North East of England, and has held various roles in the sector over the past two decades. She is currently Assistant Director – Partnerships and Communications at Beamish, the UK’s largest open air museum, leading on external affairs, partnerships, communications and all fundraising activity. Previously, Sally was the Arts Manager at Durham County Council and was instrumental in driving the vibrant arts festivals culture the county enjoys today. She is a non-exec director of a number of other cultural organisations and a consortium member of the ACE-funded arts engagement project, East Durham Creates.

Melanie Shee

With over 23 years experience in skills, careers, education, business start up and training in the north east, Melanie has always been driven by her desire to support the many to achieve their full potential. She worked in higher and further education securing external funding and developing new provision and with the creative industries sector bodies to develop new qualifications and apprenticeship frameworks. Melanie has always had a passion for the arts and film completing her Masters in cultural studies way back in the 90s. She currently works with Creative & Cultural Skills as North East Partnership Manager as well as running her own freelance business. She is passionate about diversity, social inclusion and fair access and entry for all in the creative industries.

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