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

Photograph of 4 ceramic pots in earthy brown tones. Text above in calligraphic font reads Sculpting Sight

Blazing New Worlds: Sculpting Sight Workshop by Bethany Stead

Fri 25th February 2022 NewBridge Gallery Space

As part of Blazing New Worlds, Bethany Stead will be hosting ‘Sculpting Sight’, a clay workshop for visually impaired people exploring accessibility within arts and creative spaces, and how our new world can be improved by sighted and sight impaired individuals to be more inclusive and accessible.

Friday 25 February 2022, 1.30 – 3.30 pm

Please note: We will meet at The NewBridge Project bookshop and take participants to a well lit studio where the workshop will take place. NewBridge Books is located on the ground floor of The Shieldfield Centre.


The NewBridge Project

4 – 8 Clarence Walk (off Stoddart Street)

Shieldfield Centre

Newcastle upon Tyne 


To book: email

If you have any enquiries or questions, email Dawn on or call  07811343688

Artist Bethany Stead will lead ‘Sculpting Sight’, a clay workshop for visually impaired people. This will be a closed workshop for visually impaired people only, if you would like to take part please email Dawn on

Using clay, the workshop will respond to the themes of the NewBridge Project’s last exhibition Blazing New Worlds. Participants will sculpt and fire a ceramic ‘object of survival’ and then participants will exchange between themselves the objects they have made in the session.

During the workshop, Bethany will be assisted by artist Matilda Sutton to facilitate an informal discussion of the issues of accessibility experienced by visually impaired people, particularly in relation to accessing the arts and creative activities.

This workshop will feed into The NewBridge Project’s ongoing evaluation of what communities it engages with and how.

Access Information

  • The NewBridge Project is situated in The Shieldfield Centre on Clarence Walk (off Stoddart Street) opposite Subway. The main entrance is in between Thornfield GP’s and Castle Nurseries.
  • NewBridge Books is located in the main entrance of The NewBridge Project. This is where workshop participants will be met by Bethany and Dawn.
  • There is a car park at the front of The Shieldfield Centre and the main entrance on Clarence Walk is wheelchair accessible.
  • The NewBridge Project has 2 public lifts travelling between Ground Floor and the 2nd Floor.
  • We welcome trained and uniformed assistance dogs and water bowls for dogs are available on request.
  • The room that will be used for the workshop is located on the Upper Ground Floor. It is well lit with both natural light and light fittings.
  • There is an accessible toilet next door and The NewBridge Project has both gendered and gender neutral toilets.

Images by Sadaf Chezari

About Bethany Stead

Bethany Stead is an artist and works as Activities Coordinator for the charity Newcastle Vision Support.

Their work explores materials and techniques associated with traditional craft and folk art, which are assigned to humans of a particular class, gender and sex. Working between clay, wood, textile and paper, they are intrigued in using these materials to incite conversations about the societal barriers they, and others face, due to these classifications.

Drawing inspiration from surrealism, their drawings and imagery become animistic characters residing within imagined, disturbing, domestic spaces, whilst hand-sculpted vessels and objects dissect the awkwardness of inhabiting a body, hinting towards aspects of folk dress and haute couture. Symbolism, semiotics and folklore are themes which thread throughout their work, alluding to the influence of intergenerational storytelling and writing as a form of therapy. An ongoing facet of their practice is social engagement and mutual aid, contributing towards opportunities, voices and space for underrepresented individuals, regularly facilitating various community projects and workshops.

About Blazing New Worlds

Blazing New Worlds is a programme of commissions, events and workshops in celebration of The NewBridge Project’s 11th Birthday. Throughout the programme a series of open calls and funding opportunities were released and supported projects were hosted in the gallery and online. Commissions by the artists Graeme Hopper (Grassi Art) and Cassie Thornton have been publicly displayed in the gallery throughout the programme, since October.

We commissioned Slack’s founder Jon Cornbill, to construct a radio booth that has been on display in the NewBridge gallery throughout the Slack’s Radio residency. The first round of the residency saw Slack’s Radio take over the gallery with a programme of music, performance, spoken word and conversation.


The NewBridge Project : Gateshead, 232-240 High Street, Gateshead, NE1 8AQ

T: +44 (0)191 477 1884