learning from habit ability

Habit, Ability!

Weds-Fri (Sat open times below) 12 pm - 5pm NewBridge Gallery

How might we continue to inhabit a damaged planet?

Habit, Ability! is a two-part exhibition with events exploring ways to learn from and ‘be in’ nature. Come to The Newbridge Project to learn about survival strategies found in landscapes considered uninhabitable by humans.

Part One: Habit, Ability! (9 July – 23 September 2022)

Part Two: Learning from Habit, Ability! (5 October – 19 November 2022)

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The NewBridge Project Gallery Space

12pm – 5pm Wednesday – Friday

+ Saturdays 15 October, 29 October, 12 November


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

PART ONE: Habit, Ability!  (9 July – 23 September) begins by looking at Intertidal Mud Flats, Peat Bogs, the Arctic Tundra, 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.

PART TWO: Learning from Habit, Ability! (5 October – 19 November) will slow down production. The NewBridge Project’s gallery programme pauses to reflect on learning from the exhibition and to develop this learning with others.

Through workshops, discussions and reading groups, Learning from Habit, Ability! will take time and slow down to consider our environmental impact, working practices and relationships within broader systems of power. We will  be working in the gallery space with community groups to view through their eyes the exhibition, the area of Shieldfield, the landscape and communities therein.

Habit Ability - The NewBridge Project


Angharad Davies & Éliane Radigue

Carrie Ayagaduk Ojanen

Dani Admiss & Luiza Prado de O Martins

Dwellbeing & Sara Cooper

For Solidarity & Katie Pollard

Iris Priest & Katy Cole

Laura Harrington

Louise Mackenzie

Michele Allen

Michelle Williams Gamaker

Paul Stewart & Christo Wallers

Rob Smith



Wheelchair Accessible
Accessible Toilets
Currently no Baby Changing Table, Private room available on request

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.