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NewBridge Social and Skills Mapping with Ailie Rutherford

Wed 5th December 2018

The NewBridge Project, Carliol House Co-Work Space


Join us at the Carliol House Co-Work Space for a Social to welcome Artist and activist Ailie Rutherford to Newcastle. Drinks and snacks will be provided, and Ailie will give a short introduction to the project she is working on with NewBridge and Dwellbeing. 

Over the next three months Ailie will be working with the residents of Shieldfield to create a local skills map, and to set up a Shieldfield Folk University; an alternative education system of skills and knowledge sharing and peer-to-peer learning for social action. Lectures, talks and demos will be taking place in unlikely venues around Shieldfield between December and February.

Ailie was selected through open-call for the co-commission between NewBridge and Dwellbeing, a group of co-researchers based in Shieldfield. The commission will respond to NewBridge’s interest in community-led, grassroots approaches to use and design of urban space, and Dwellbeing’s interest in planning policy and development issues, and the relationship between Local Authorities, developers, artists and local communities.

The commission aims to creatively explore this context and bring together artistic and community voices that are currently underrepresented in conversations about regeneration and culture within the city, and look at how things might be done differently in the future.


Ailie Rutherford is a visual artist with an interest in alternative and feminist economies. Her collaborative practice is grounded in the places she works inviting people to become co-producers of works that activate public space and collectively imagine alternatives to the way we live now. Ailie’s recent work includes The People’s Bank of Govanhill a long-term collaboration with Govanhill residents exploring the potentials of community currency and In Kind with Janie Nicoll looking at the below the water line economy of the arts during Glasgow International 2018.

Dwellbeing, is an on-going arts-based Participatory Action Research project in Shieldfield that is responding to the impacts of rapid urban development in the neighbourhood in recent years. The project has been initiated by artists and art producers Julia Heslop, Hannah Marsden and Alison Merritt Smith, in collaboration with Shieldfield arts organisation Holy Biscuit and a group 15-20 community members of mixed ages, living or working in Shielfield.



Accessibility: NewBridge Newcastle has limited accessibility, this event will take place in the Co-Work space of NewBridge Newcastle. We regret, due to the age of our building and its change of use we do not have a functioning lift. Please contact us prior to visiting if you require additional information regarding access and facilities.