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OME Brew – Swallow Your Words, Part 2

Friday 26 August 4pm - 6pm NewBridge Gallery

Join Louise Mackenzie, John Allan and Greg Young making beer from bacteria that live on wastepaper, to then work together to make a collective ritual, and make designs for the labels of our biotech hype OME Brew!

Friday 26 August

4pm – 6pm

The NewBridge Project Gallery space

Ritual Transformations for Bio-Tech Fears and Over-Promises 

This is a free event and has limited capacity. Booking essential. Strictly 18+.

In Scottish folklore, to forspeak is to extravagantly commend a good property (e.g., “what a clever bairn”), which is considered peculiarly unlucky. To cure the forespoken individual, they are washed in water to great ceremony.

Ritual, bacteria and beer combine in this workshop, where the ceremony is adapted to ritually cleanse microbes by making beer out of biotech hype and over-promises. Join Louise Mackenzie with scientists John Allan from the Department of Engineering Science at Oxford University and Greg Young from Newcastle and Northumbria University’s Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment, home of the OME experimental home, to collectively question the rites and rights of brewing concoctions with biotechnological bodies.

We will share the process of making beer from bacteria that live on wastepaper, then work together on making a collective ritual from our biotech hopes and fears and make designs for the labels of our biotech hype OME Brew. We might even find out if it’s drinkable!

About Habit, Ability!

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.


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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