The NewBridge Project was founded in 2010 by Will Marshall and Will Strong as an initiative to provide exhibition opportunities, affordable studio space, and a support network for recent graduates and early-career artists.
The organisation was originally based at Norham House on New Bridge Street West. Though initially conceived as a pop-up space for 1 – 2 years, the organisation remained there until March 2017. The 5-storey office block provided studio space for 80 artists, and temporary project spaces for hundreds of artists and creatives. The street-level, shop-front spaces housed the NewBridge Project Gallery Space and NewBridge Books. The final show at this location, Moving on Up, Moving on Out, presented work by over 80 artists who were past and present studio members at The NewBridge Project.
Between 2013 – 2018 The NewBridge Project was led by Charlie Gregory, during which time it established itself as an important part of the cultural landscape of Newcastle and Gateshead. During Charlie’s tenure the organisation achieved Arts Council National Portfolio status, developed a long-term partnership with Newcastle University to deliver bespoke graduate and early-career artist support through The Collective Studio, gained charitable status with a strong and supportive Board of Trustees, and relocated to 2 new sites in Newcastle and Gateshead.