***JOB OPPORTUNITY: Artist Development Coordinator – Come and work with us


TITLE: Artist Development Coordinator
SALARY: £18,000 pro rata (2 days per week)
CONTRACT: September 2017 – April 2018 (7months – with potential to be extended, funding dependent)
OFFICE HOURS: 10am-6pm (expected to work some evenings and weekends)

DEADLINE: Wednesday 30th August, 9am

The NewBridge Project is appointing an Artist Development Coordinator to support the successful delivery of our exciting Practice makes Practice artist development programme and The Collective Studio – graduate development programme in partnership with Newcastle University (there is additional information on these programmes at the bottom of the page).

You will be responsible for making sure that our artist development programmes are relevant to contemporary artistic practice, working closely with artists to shape the various development strands ensuring they are led by artists.

The role will involve providing excellent support to artists and practitioners at different stages of their careers, with a key focus on the development of artistic talent in the North East of England.

You will be responsible for the coordination of our artist development programmes, working closely with NewBridge members, our Programme Director and key partners.

You will coordinate a programme of events, field trips, workshops and mentoring as well as feed into the delivery of our exhibitions & commissions and residency programmes where relevant. Creating opportunities for shared learning, critical conversation, space for networks to cultivate and alternative models of practice to develop.

You should be enthusiastic, reliable and self-motivated and be able to work well both independently and as part of a creative team. Strong organisational and communication skills are vital, as well as the ability to think on your feet and multi-task.

This is an opportunity for a motivated individual to join a vibrant, creative and inclusive community of artists.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate artist development programmes, Practice makes Practice and The Collective Studio
  • Support the development of new artist development strands
  • Alongside artist members, key stakeholders and our Programme Director, research, develop and plan artist development activities such as events, opportunities, workshops and field trips
  • Provide support to studio members, artists members and graduate members
  • Provide support to mentors/tutors
  • Support recruitment for artist development opportunities and membership, support the application and selection process
  • Support and work with our artist committees to develop programme (specifically the Practice makes Practice steering group), supporting artists to develop, curate and produce programme
  • Liaise with and coordinate programme contributors/facilitators such as speakers, tutors, artists, arts professionals, academics etc.
  • Support the development of partnerships with other artists, arts organisations, educational institutions and civic society organisations to feed into the artist development programme
  • Coordinate logistics, administration and marketing relating to the artist development programme
  • Deliver all activities on time, within agreed budgets and to a high standard
  • Involvement in funding bids and fundraising where appropriate
  • Assist with writing copy/e-newsletters/press releases for the artist development programme
  • Support with running events both within The NewBridge Project project spaces, studios and co-work spaces and outside
  • Support the delivery of our audience development strategy, supporting us to identify and reach target groups that fall outside of traditional artistic communities

Personal Specification:

  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Good knowledge of visual art, regionally and nationally
  • Ability to work well as part of a small and creative team
  • Experience of working in both an office and a gallery/events/studio environment
  • Demonstrable level of skills and experience working in a similar role
  • Strong communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Receptive to change with the ability to think on your feet, with a good sense of initiative
  • Experience of working with and supporting artists
  • Ability to manage own workload and meet deadlines efficiently under pressure
  • Willingness to get stuck in
  • Experience of using Microsoft office (inc. spreadsheets)
  • Skilled in basic administration
  • Ability to write copy and communicate effectively to different audiences
  • Flexible with working hours, able to work occasional evenings and weekends
  • Knowledge, passionate and enthusiasm for contemporary visual art and artist-led initiatives
  • Experience of coordinating events with strong attention to detail
  • Friendly, motivated, enthusiastic person


  • Experience of fundraising
  • Experience of facilitating workshops
  • Experience of coordinating exhibitions
  • Experience of mailchimp, website management and social media


  • This is a freelance contract, initially for 7 months (Sept 2017 – April 2018) with potential to be extended (funding dependent).
  • The contract is for 2 days per week during this period, days are flexible and negotiable.
  • The fee is equivalent to £18,000 pro rata per annum.
  • Please note is an opportunity for a self-employed individual, you would be responsible for your own income tax, national insurance and public liability insurance.
  • The role will be based between Newcastle and Gateshead.

To Apply:
If you wish to apply please send the following to admin@thenewbridgeproject.com

  1. CV
  2. Covering letter indicating why you wish to apply for the post and any previous relevant experience (Maximum 1 A4 page)

Deadline: Wednesday 30th August, 9am
Interviews will be held on: Wednesday 6th September
Start date: ASAP

If you have any questions about the role or application process please contact admin@thenewbridgeproject.com and call 0191 232 8975.

The NewBridge Project is committed to equality of opportunity in recruitment. We value a diverse team and welcome applications from all sectors of the community, including practicing artists.



The NewBridge Project / Practice makes Practice / The Collective Studio

Creating space for the development, production and presentation of contemporary art practice

Our Mission
The NewBridge Project is a vibrant hub supporting the creation of new and pioneering contemporary art practice through an ambitious programme of exhibitions, commissions, events and artist development.

We create platforms for audiences to engage with the creative process, while nurturing artistic and curatorial practice in an engaged and discursive creative community.

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.

The NewBridge Project was established in 2010 to provide exchange and support in an engaged and discursive community of artists. We develop artistic talent through artist development programmes, curatorial opportunities and provision of space. The shared workspace is a critical and collaborative environment that allows artists to discuss and develop new ideas and projects.

We aim to deliver an outstanding programme of exhibitions, performances, screenings, educational talks and workshops in consultation with artist members, creating a programme responsive to the socio, political and civic environment within which it exists and seeks to be a genuine community resource.

The NewBridge Project is an ambitious organisation and relies on the dedication of a small committed team of staff, freelancers and volunteers with support from studio and artist members. The NewBridge Project is a registered charity and is supported by a board of trustees.

The NewBridge Project is currently supported by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts programme, Newcastle University and Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and the Newcastle Culture Investment Fund. We have recently been awarded Arts Council England National Portfolio status, from April 2018 to March 2022.

Our Values
– Experimental in our approach: We provide artists with the flexibility to test out ideas, experiment and be radical, allowing groundbreaking work and alternative approaches to practice to develop.
– Artist-Led: We ensure an artist-led ethos is embedded in all elements of our organisation; generating a programme and vision that is responsive to and shaped by artists’ needs and interests. Promoting a culture of self-organisation, ownership and autonomy across our artist community.
– Aware and responsive to the socio, political and civic landscape that we exist in: We champion the production and presentation of artwork that is responsive to the social, political and civic landscape in which we exist; reactive to the location, situation and time from which it emerges. We believe art has the power to introduce new ideas, alternative thinking and challenge convention, and can be used as a tool to deliver incremental change.
– Development of artists at it’s heart: We position artist development at the core of everything we do. Creating informal and formal opportunities for artistic practice and talent to develop, supporting artists to progress to the next stage of their career.
– Focused on collaboration and community: We believe a supportive network is a key instigator to continued creativity. We instill a spirit of collaboration, collectivity and community in our activity to generate peer learning, critical conversation and social interaction.

Practice makes Practice
Practice makes Practice is an artist development programme run by artists for artists and the wider arts community.

Practice makes Practice focuses on developing artistic talent and equipping individuals with the necessary skills to manage their artistic career, bridging the gap between art school, studio practice, the gallery and beyond. We do this through a regular programme of events, workshops, opportunities, talks, field-trips, exchanges and mentoring.

Practice makes Practice
is programmed by a steering group of our studio and associate members, ensuring what we do is artist-led and develops in response to the needs and interests of our members.

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.

: 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-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 faciliate new networks and develop connections with artists, curators and galleries.

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

The Collective Studio
The Collective Studio, is a new yearlong Graduate Development Programme in partnership with Newcastle University, supporting the development of creative talent in the North East region and equip practitioners with the necessary skills to manage their creative practice.

The Collective Studio will provide early-career artists and creatives with the chance to be part of a vibrant and supportive community, shape their own programme of training and development events and opportunities for exhibiting and showcasing their work.

The Collective Studio is open to 15-20 graduates per year from any arts-based or related, creative course from any UK based University to participant in a yearlong programme. A particular focus is given to graduates from Newcastle University and the North East region.

The programme includes a shared studio space and access to co-work space for 1year, an experienced mentor, peer-led development events and facilitators across the year and a final exhibition/showcase.

The Collective Studio will follow an educational philosophy that advocates learner-chosen activities as a primary means for learning, preparing individuals for an uncertain and rapidly changing future.


The Newbridge Project