ANNOUNCEMENT – The Collective Studio 2020-21

ANNOUNCEMENT – The Collective Studio 2020-21

The Collective Studio is a development programme for early-career and/or recent graduate artists and creative practitioners run by The NewBridge Project (Newcastle and Gateshead) in partnership with Newcastle University and its Institute for Creative Arts Practice.

The Collective Studio usually begins in September and opens to applicants in May. However, we are aware that this is an uncertain time for many and as such we are delaying the call out until later this Summer.

The NewBridge Project are in the process of working out how we deliver a programme of events that follows social distancing guidelines and reopen our studios in a way that ensures the health and safety of all our members. These will inform our plans for The Collective Studio 2020-21 and will be communicated as part of the call out so applicants understand the type of activities and interaction it will involve.

The programme will still be going ahead and will likely begin in October and run until Summer 2021. If you want to receive updates about the programme and how to apply please email or sign up to our mailing list here:

(remember that if you are graduating this year your university email may expire so please sign up with a non-university email).

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More information about The Collective Studio

The Collective Studio provides practitioners with affordable studios & workspace, access to peer-led training and development events, mentoring and a series of professional creative opportunities to develop and challenge practice outside of an institutional framework and generate resilient and imaginative approaches to creative practice.

The Collective Studio provides space to test out ideas and experiment within a supportive and critically engaged community.

The Collective Studio purposefully takes a flexible approach to its programme, providing a range of different opportunities to suit a diverse range of practices, with a regular programme shaped by and for its members.

The Collective Studio is open to all creative disciplines including: visual artists, curators, filmmakers, photographers, performers, writers, architects, sound artists, designers and creative producers/organisers.

The Collective Studio evolves year on year, shaped by its cohort of members. The structure for 2019-20 has evolved from previous graduate and artist development programmes and continues our commitment to artist-led programming. The Collective Studio is run by The NewBridge Project in partnership with Newcastle University & Newcastle Institute for Creative Arts Practice.


How does it work?

The Collective Studio operates through a membership model providing different types of space membership including: individual studios (£65-£75 per month), shared studios for 3 (£45-£55 per month), co-working & hot desking space (£20-£25 per month) and associate membership for non-regional practitioners (£60 per year) to suit the different requirements of creative practice.

Each of the 4 membership types gives you access to the curriculum of support and bonus opportunities. You can apply for the type of membership and space that suits you best.

Through this membership you also have access to a broader range of events and development opportunities through NewBridge’s wider artistic programme and Practice makes Practice.

Along with studio and workspace, Collective Studio members will gain access to a regular and flexible programme of support, including events, socials and mentoring. The structure will be shaped around three 2-day workshops throughout the year, monthly events and regular socials and peer-led activity.

A series of professional creative opportunities throughout the programme will be available for all Collective Studio members to apply for – each opportunity will be developed alongside members and will be responsive to the group’s needs and interests.


Who is it for?

The Collective Studio is open to:

  • All creative disciplines including but not limited to: visual artists, curators, filmmakers, photographers, performers, writers, architects, sound artists, designers, creative producers/organisers, musicians, activists, ceramicists, sculptors, conceptual artists, socially engaged practitioners, poets, directors, actors, researchers. (get in touch if you aren’t sure)
  • Those who have graduated from any university/art school/college in the last 3 years from an arts- based or related, creative course (BA, Master, PhD level welcome).
  • Those who have completed an alternative or non-formal education programme in the last 3 years.
  • Those who have not undertaken a formal education course but can demonstrate a developing creative practice.
  • Not eligible to those who have previously completed a graduate programme at The NewBridge Project.



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