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The Collective Studio

1 September 2017 - 30 September 2018

The Collective Studio is a graduate development programme, supporting 20 creative graduates from September 2017 – September 2018. The Collective Studio is a collaboration between Newcastle University’s Institute for Creative Arts Practice (NICAP) and The NewBridge Project.

The Collective Studio supports the development of creative talent in the North East region and equip practitioners with the necessary skills to manage their creative practice, bridging the gap between University, studio-based practice, the gallery and the workplace.

The Collective Studio provides early-career artists and creatives with the chance to be part of a vibrant and supportive community, shape their own programme of training and development events and opportunities for exhibiting and showcasing their work.

The Collective Studio follows an educational philosophy that advocates learner-chosen activities as a primary means for learning, preparing individuals for an uncertain and rapidly changing future.

The year-long, cross-disciplinary programme offers graduates subsidised shared studio and workspace, helping generate a supportive and dedicated community of visual artists, performers, makers, writers, architects, filmmakers, photographers, musicians and curators. Graduates have access to professional practice workshops led by leaders in their respective fields, and peer-led events, such as workshops, talks, field-trips, performances, exchanges, one-to-one sessions and discussion groups will take place.

In addition, those on the programme have access to a mentor and are be able to draw on expertise within Newcastle University and the region’s wider cultural sector. The scheme will culminate with a showcase of work by The Collective Studio in September 2018.

2017~2018 Graduates
Jenny Alderson
Charlotte Arnhold
Lois Batty
Julie Bemment
Ashley Bowes
Daniel Bradwel
Julianne Chauhan
Sophie Cobley
Grace Denton
Laura Stutter Garcia
Roberta Harrison
Jade Mallabone
Sophie McNulty
Amy Owens
Ares Rabe
Alys Rainbird
Girinandini Singh
Clare Townley
Thomas Tyler

2017~2018 Mentors
Peter J Evans
Lesley Guy
Nicola Singh

The Collective Studio is made up of 2017 graduates from a range of BA and Masters level arts-based degree courses from across the UK.


The Collective Studio is funded by Newcastle University Institute for Creative Arts Practice.

The Collective Studio forms an integral strand in The NewBridge Project’s wider Practice Makes Practice, artist development programme, supported by Arts Council England and Newcastle Culture Investment Fund at Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

The Collective Studio is based at The NewBridge Project : Gateshead, 232-240 High Street, Gateshead, NE8 1AQ.

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