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Laura Harrington geomorphing

Fieldworking Shieldfield

Monday 26 September 1pm - 4pm The Shieldfield Centre

Fieldworking Shieldfield is a workshop with artist Laura Harrington around Shieldfield exploring the local landscape, thinking and learning about local ecologies of nature and our relationship with other species.

Monday 26 September

1pm – 4pm

Meet at NewBridge Books

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This workshop will follow Laura’s methods of exploring remote peatlands, such as those in the North Pennines and Upper Teesdale. We will learn from the behaviour of life there and its broader impact on near and distant environments, thinking about chains of connection ‘upstream’ and ‘downstream’.

Participants will explore the contrasting urban environment of Shieldfield – NewBridge’s locale and consider the interactions of human and non-human bodies. A short video will be made over the course of this workshop, edited, and then screened the following day alongside Laura’s film Fieldworking.

About Habit, Ability!

This event is part of the exhibition Habit, Ability!

How might we continue to inhabit a damaged planet?

How can we learn collectively from nature’s methods of survival and transformation?

Habit, Ability! is an exhibition with events exploring ways to learn from and ‘be in’ nature. Come to The Newbridge Project, Shieldfield, Newcastle to see survival strategies found in landscapes that are considered uninhabitable by humans.

Seeing survival in these places through long and continuous engagement is a strategy against the common attitude to conquer and extract from nature.

Habit, Ability! begins by looking at Intertidal mud flats, peat bogs, the arctic circle, and the ocean. For humans, encountering these landscapes is challenging. Some of these places are protected by legislation – prohibiting or limiting human access for their preservation, or they are protected areas of scientific study.

The exhibition then turns to look at NewBridge and its new home in Shieldfield, Newcastle, having moved in 2021. Works in the exhibition assess NewBridge and its the environmental impact of the organisation on its surrounding spaces and at large.


Will take place off-site in Shieldfield, some mobility required, going between sites in Shieldfield.
Will try to provide access support/adjustments if notified in advance.

The NewBridge Project
Shieldfield Centre
4-8 Clarence Walk (off Stoddart Street)
Newcastle upon Tyne

The NewBridge Project is accessible. You can find out more here, or feel free to contact us prior to visiting if you require additional information regarding access and facilities.

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