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Posted: 31 May 2016



DEADLINE: Tuesday 21 June 9am

The NewBridge Project is offering Newcastle University Fine Art graduates (due to graduate in Summer 2016) the opportunity to become a member of The NewBridge Project, bridging the gap between art school and professional studio practice.

The NewBridge Project has always been committed to supporting recent graduates and early career artists; set up 6 years ago by two Newcastle University Fine Art graduates to create affordable workspace, develop artistic talent, provide professional development and exhibition opportunities and create a supportive network of visual artists.

From July 2016 we are offering Newcastle University Fine Art graduates the opportunity to become part of this vibrant and supportive artist community through:

– 10 Associate Artist Memberships (FREE for 1year)
– 2 Graduate Studios (FREE for 6months)

Associate Artist Membership:
Become an Associate Artist Member of The NewBridge Project, through our graduate programme we are offering 10 graduates one years free membership to The NewBridge Project and our Practice makes Practice – artist development programme.

–  An Artist mentor for 12months
–  Free access to Practice Makes Practice events
–  Members only opportunities, such as residencies, exhibitions, exchanges and field trips
–  Opportunity to input and shape the Practice Makes Practice programme
–  An artist profile page on our website
–  Access to our co-workspace in NewBridge Studios
–  Access to our woodwork shop and darkroom in NewBridge Studios
–  10% off in NewBridge Bookshop

Each graduate member will receive an artist mentor for 12 months, to work with on a one-to-one basis, helping equip them with the skills, advice and access to networks to survive and thrive in the cultural sector, and to ease the transition from institutional education to self-led development.

Graduate members will also have the opportunity to design their own workshop or talk every month, to create a bespoke programme that responds directly to their needs. There is a budget to invite selected speakers and artists to lead these sessions.

Graduate Studios:
Become a Graduate Studio Member of The NewBridge Project, through our graduate programme we are offering 2 graduates a free studio space for 6months.

This opportunity is aimed at artists that require individual production space, rather than using our co-working and shared workshop space.

Our studios are in high demand and we operate a waiting list, this initiative will enable new graduates a studio space straight out of university, bypassing the waiting list.


Practice makes Practice – Associate Artist Membership:
Practice makes Practice is an artist development programme run by artists for artists, initiated by The NewBridge Project.

Practice makes Practice focuses on developing artistic talent and equipping artists with the necessary skills to manage their practice, bridging the gap between art school, studio practice, the gallery and beyond.

Practice makes Practice is a regular programme of events, workshops, opportunities, talks, field- trips, exchanges and mentoring, creating a forum for shared learning, critical conversation, space for networks to cultivate and alternative models of practice to develop.

Practice makes Practice is open to all through a membership scheme. Creating a supportive cohort of artists to shape the programme ensuring it develops in response to the needs and interests of its members.

Nuts and bolts –
Advice sessions and practical workshops on how to survive as an artist; from grant writing, self-employment, promoting and selling artwork, publication making and more.
Talk about art – Through crits, discussions, studio visits and one-to-one sessions with artists and cultural professionals, creating a supportive environments for artists to talk about their work and get feedback, helping develop conceptual and making processes.
How it all fits together – Artistic practice is influenced by a variety of elements; from social, political, technological and scientific – we host discussions with people from lots of different fields to connect artists with different sectors and current societal concerns.
Get-togethers – It’s important to have a supportive peer group around you; we host get-togethers, socials and pot-luck dinners creating opportunities to meet and talk.
Field Trips – We want to connect artists, curators and galleries across cities and regions, we arrange visits and exchanges to help facilitate new networks and collaborations.
Opportunities – Members will have access to dedicated opportunities, from residencies, exhibitions and exchanges.
Workshop space – We all need space to make, work and think – as part of Practice makes Practice you will receive access to our wood workshop, darkroom and print facilities and a co- working space within NewBridge studios.

NewBridge Studios:
Currently situated in a 29,000sqft former office block in Newcastle city centre, NewBridge Studios promotes exchange and support in an engaged and discursive community of over 80 artists over 5 floors. The shared workspace is a critical and collaborative environment that allows artists to discuss and develop new ideas and projects. NewBridge Studios offers space to artists at any stage of their career, working primarily within the field of visual art, with a desire to be part of a diverse and critically engaged community of creative practitioners. NewBridge Studios continues to develop in response to the needs and interests of its members providing valuable resources and support to encourage an experimental and critical approach to contemporary art practice.

Studio members will benefit from:
–  Low-cost and spacious 24 hour access studio space in the city centre
–  A new support network from which to cultivate further opportunities and develop work. We are committed to NewBridge Studios remaining a discursive and productive working environment
–  The opportunity to be a part of an exciting and vibrant community of visual artists
–  The opportunity to join the NewBridge programme committee
–  Access to professional development opportunities and mentoring support
–  The range of facilities at The NewBridge Project: among others, our bookable project spaces The Annex and PH Space, darkroom, social spaces and bookshop (free to NewBridge Studio members)
–  Free Wifi

To apply for our graduate programme, please email with:
–  Up to six images of recent work
–  Artist Bio (short paragraph explaining the type of work you make)
–  Artist CV (detailing any relevant experience)
– Brief statement summarising why you would like to become a member of The NewBridge Project

Please state whether you would like to be considered for the ‘Associate Artist Membership’ or ‘Graduate Studio Membership’ or both.

The selection panel with be made up of NewBridge Staff and NewBridge Studio Member, Left Leg Gallery.

Please include ‘Newcastle Uni – graduate programme application’ in the email subject.

DEADLINE: Tuesday 21 June 9am

The NewBridge Project Graduate Programme is supported by Newcastle University Institute for Creative Arts Practice and the Business Engagement Fund.


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