The NewBridge Project Gallery is closed throughout March. NewBridge Books will be open as usual.


Habit, Ability! Opening event

Saturday 9 July 2022 12 pm - 5 pm NewBridge Gallery

Join us at The NewBridge Project for a special opening day event for our new summer exhibition, Habit, Ability! exploring how we might continue to inhabit a damaged planet and the ways we learn collectively from nature’s methods of survival and transformation.

Saturday 9 July 2022

12 pm – 5 pm 

The NewBridge Project Gallery Space 

1pm – ‘til it runs out. Free & Informal Community Meal

Gallery, Floor 1, The Shieldfield Centre

12pm – 3pm. BioDwelling Sign-Up and Drop-in Activities.

Gallery, floor 1, The Shieldfield Centre

Join the BioDwelling community and contribute to art projects that ask how we feel about bringing living biotechnology into our everyday spaces.

‘Birthing the Mother’ Drop-in

Help to birth our mother SCOBY* and receive your own baby SCOBY to look after and then re-unite as part of an extended family later in the year.

*Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast

OME Brew – Swallow Your Words’ Drop-in

Turn bad vibes into good in a cathartic beer making activity. Join Louise, John and Greg from Newcastle and Northumbria University’s Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment in a cleansing ritual where we will shred future fears and hi-tech over-promises, which will be fed to bacteria that – over the course of the exhibition – will transform paper into beer.

2pm – 3pm. Environmental Protest-Badge Making Workshop – Drop-in

The Print Workshop, Floor 2, The Shieldfield Centre

Learn about Risograph a mechanical printing process which uses vegetable-based inks. Making environmental protest badges using left-over/recycled printed matter and Risograph.

Overlay Press is an experimental print studio based at The NewBridge Project, specialising in Risograph workshops, bespoke printing services, and DIY support for communities.

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.

For the full programme and more information on the exhibition, visit the exhibition page.


Angharad Davies & Éliane Radigue

Carrie Ayagaduk Ojanen

Dani Admiss & Luiza Prado de O Martins

Dwellbeing & Sarah Cooper

For Solidarity

Rob Smith

Iris Priest & Katy Cole

Katie Pollard

Laura Harrington

Louise Mackenzie

Michele Allen

Michelle Williams Gamaker


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.