Programme Committee 19/20
The NewBridge Programme Committee is a vital part of our artist-led approach to programming, ensuring that many voices, interests and practices are represented through NewBridge’s exhibitions, commissions and events.
We believe in many voices being represented through NewBridge’s programme; we work with a Programme Committee to enable new narratives, methodologies and approaches to emerge across our programme helping to diversify the curatorial voice. We aim to produce a programme that is based around collaboration, responsive to our social, political, civic and environmental context that reflects the diversity of contemporary artistic practice.
Throughout the next year members of the committee will work alongside The NewBridge Project staff to research and develop their curatorial ideas as part of our commissions & exhibition programme.
Members of the 19/20 Programme Committee –
Andrew Wilson (b.1982) is an artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He is a studio holder at The NewBridge Project, an initiator of We Are Our Media – an independent / do-it-ourselves approach to journalism, and he often collaborates with artist Toby Lloyd as Lloyd-Wilson.
Calum’s involvement with The Newbridge Project began with his time on the Collective Studio programme (2018-19). As part of the Programming Committee, he hopes to contribute to the growth and inclusivity of artistic communities in the North East and help to produce projects that represent queer voices.
Ciara Lenihan is an artist and activist based in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Their practice explores decolonisation of the body and the self through performance, bilingual writing and moving image. As an activist they are an active member of ACORN community union, working together with the people of Newcastle to improve living conditions for all.
Evelyn Cromwell is an artist from Yorkshire and based in Newcastle. Eve is interested in fictioning utopias and contemplates the labour that may be overlooked or deemed insignificant when creating perfect worlds. Eve is also one half of the Spaghetti Factory, a curatorial duo that started in a flat in central Newcastle. The Spaghetti Factory now has no permanent location and curates satellite shows in existing spaces. They’re currently collaborating with Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens to programme three shows.
dao (disability arts online): ‘artist immersed in a wide variety of art-forms, whose work continues to defy pigeon-holing crossing visual, performance, literary and digital art forms with ease and uncomforting elegance. An abiding concern within his work is the disconnect between hierarchy and human rights. he is also capable of writing and producing arresting theatre that cuts to the quick.
Jessica Bennett is an Independent Art Curator originally from Liverpool. Jessica first came to Newcastle in 2013 and has since gained an MA in Creative and Cultural Industries Management at Northumbria University. She has curated numerous exhibitions, including assisting the Liverpool Biennial for their 2018 Edition ‘Beautiful World, Where are you?’ Jessica’s main interests are sculpture, installation and the use of space, in particular, going against the white cube aesthetic. Jessica also leads the Curatorial Collective at Newbridge, which provides events, workshops and support for curators and artists outside of a university campus.
Jenny Mc Namara
Jenny Mc Namara is a sculptor whose practice and research focuses on visual perception, pattern and the interpretation of depth. She is a recent Newcastle Fine Art MFA graduate and is also one half of The Spaghetti Factory, which began a series of monthly art exhibitions in her house and has now expanded to include guest curation and workshops in other art spaces.
Lydia Bailey’s practice is interdisciplinary, thinking about drawing in the expanded field, with an embodied approach to making and exploring spaces: real, digital and imagined. Graduating Goldsmiths University in 2018, she is now living and working in Newcastle- Upon- Tyne and studying her MFA at Newcastle University.
Matt Pickering is a visual artist based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Working across video, installation and photography, his work explores the nature of being between states: from the line between perception and reality understood by persons living with Alzheimer’s disease to experiences of transitional spaces in institutional and domestic settings. His interests extend across disciplines outside the arts and the work he produces is based on collaboration, inclusiveness and exchange.
His work has been exhibited regionally and across the UK; including ICA, London; 36 Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and HOME, Manchester. Recent work includes Martha [Alzheimer’s Machine III] for Arts Council England, Lapse for D6: Culture in Transit, Mapping Space for the NewBridge Project and In a State of [Movement against Resistance] for Channel 4’s Random Acts.