FREE Associate / Hot Desk Membership at The NewBridge Project

OPEN DAY: Tuesday 3 March, 3 – 7pm
DEADLINE: Monday 9 March, midday

We are offering 10 bursaries to artists & makers to become Associate / Hot Desk Members of The NewBridge Project for one year.

These bursaries are designed for artists who are from low-income households. We want to ensure that all our events and programmes are accessible and open to artists & makers from a range of backgrounds, supporting everyone to have the opportunity to develop a career in the arts.

APPLY NOW if you’d like to:

  • Be part of a friendly creative community of artists & makers
  • Learn new skills to help develop a career in the arts
  • Have access to lots of great events & workshops for free

Deadline: Rolling until Monday 9 March, 12 midday


We are having an OPEN DAY on Tuesday 3 March, 3 – 7pm at The NewBridge Project : Gateshead

This is an opportunity to pop in and ask any questions that you might have about how to apply for a membership, and the different things you can get involved in at NewBridge as a member.

Location: The NewBridge Project : Gateshead | 232-240 High Street, Gateshead, NE8 1AQ


How To Apply

To apply we would like to know a little bit about why you would like a membership, and what kind of art work you make or are interested in making.

These bursaries are specifically for artists & makers from low-income households, so we also need to ask you some questions in order to check you are eligible for the bursary – this information will be kept completely confidential.

We have a number of different ways to apply

  • Through this online google form
  • Through a video or sound file
  • Through a quick chat with a member of staff at NewBridge
  • Or if there is another way you wish to apply just let us know

If you have any questions please email or call us on 0191 232 8975 (Monday – Tuesday) or 0191 477 1884 (Tuesday – Friday)

Members of The NewBridge Project benefit from:

  • Free* access to our Practice makes Practice programme including training events, artist socials, workshops, talks and mentoring
  • Members-only opportunities, such as residencies, exhibitions, commissions, exchanges and field trips
  • Regular member-emails including, upcoming opportunities, exhibitions and art events happening in the North East
  • Opportunity to input and shape the Practice makes Practice programme and design your own events
  • An artist profile page on our website
  • Discounts on our bookable workspace within NewBridge Studios including, exhibition space, making space and our darkroom, plus one free hire of a project or production space

Hot desk members will also have access to our Gateshead Co-Work space Tuesday – Friday, 12 – 5pm

In your application, please let us know whether you would like to be considered for Associate or Hot Desk Membership.


What is our Practice makes Practice programme?

Practice makes Practice is an artist development programme run by artists for artists and the wider arts community, hosted by The NewBridge Project.

Practice makes Practice focuses on developing artistic talent and equipping individuals with the necessary skills they need to manage their artistic career, bridging the gap between art education, studio practice, the gallery, the community, the workplace and beyond.

We do this through a regular programme of:
events / workshops / opportunities / talks / field-trips / exchanges / mentoring

It is aimed at:
artists / curators / students / cultural industry professionals / those interested in the arts / aspiring artists & makers

What we offer varies each month, we programme events based on a simple model:

: Advice sessions and practical workshops exploring 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 environment for artists to talk about their work and get feedback.

: Artistic practice is influenced by a variety of elements; from the 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 – anything goes!

PEER-LED: Peer-to-peer sessions led and instigated by NewBridge members, creating a space for shared learning and discussion.

: It’s important to have a supportive peer group around you; we host get-togethers, socials and dinners, creating opportunities to meet and talk.

: We arrange visits, exchanges and field trips across cities and regions helping facilitate new networks and develop connections with artists, curators and galleries.

: Dedicated opportunities just for members including residencies, exhibitions, commissions and exchanges.

More about The NewBridge Project
The NewBridge Project is an active and vibrant artist-led community supporting the development of artists and curators through the provision of space for creative practice, curatorial opportunities and an ambitious artist-led programme of exhibitions, commissions, artist development and events.

SPACE: We provide artist studios, creative workspace, a co-work area and spaces to host projects and events in Newcastle and Gateshead.

PROGRAMME: We support artists to produce new commissions, exhibitions, events, performances and screenings, generating an exciting programme of contemporary art that engages with the world around us.

ARTIST DEVELOPMENT: We host a regular programme of workshops, talks, opportunities, mentoring, field-trips and exchanges to support artists to develop their practice.

COMMUNITY: We are an artist-led community and we believe in working collaboratively to shape what we do, generating a programme that is responsive to and shaped by need.

*Some larger events/field trips may incur a small additional charge, but we are open to discussing a payment plan or bursaries to cover any additional costs.

The Newbridge Project