Launch of Working Culture Residency (WCR)

Posted: 19 Feb 2014

Working Culture Residency (WCR) is a participatory project by artist Alexia Mellor in partnership with The NewBridge Project, exploring the current working climate of the UK culture sector.

Whether you are an artist, administrator, local officer, or freelancer, Working Culture Residency is excited to welcome you to our hot desk studio setting. WCR is designed to meet the current working needs of culture sector professionals by providing a much-needed space to work in a vibrant and creative environment. The project also aims to facilitate dialogue, collaboration and understanding amongst the various factors and aspects involved in the sector.

Based on the concept of the Artist Placement Group from the 1960s and 70s in which artists were placed as residents in government and business institutions, WCR has as its mission to bring members of the wider NorthEast culture sector and funders together through a hot-desking space in the heart of The NewBridge Project artist studios.

WCR reflects the common working model of hot-desking that many freelancers and sector workers use. Participants are invited to reserve a space at the hot-desks, providing time and space in Newcastle City Centre to base themselves during their workday.

The project provides opportunities for makers, funders and other cultural sector stakeholders to network and communicate in an informal, co-working situation, while gaining a better understanding of how the sector at large operates.

Spaces are completely free and available on a regular or one-time basis.

The project will run from March-May 2014. For more information and to reserve a space for any length of time, please email us at:


Alexia Mellor is an interdisciplinary artist using humour and performative strategies to investigate issues of security, displacement and identity in an increasingly mediated landscape. She transposes familiar institutions into unfamiliar contexts to initiate direct participation in deconstructing social norms, consumer culture and notions of place. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including the Woman as Photographer: Picturing Life as a Woman, Mpls Photo Center, Minneapolis, MN, Mash-ups, Lake Forest College, Illinois, New England Photography Biennial at the Danforth Museum of Art, and at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. In addition to her studio practice, Mellor organised and chaired MIND THE GAP, a multi-media and multi-platform art initiative and panel at ISEA2011 Istanbul. She recently relocated to Newcastle (UK) after co-teaching an art-science course in Saudi Arabia and serving as Artist-in-Residence in Pontypool, South Wales, where she investigated practice-led research models and regeneration. She believes in unicorns. Alexia is Participatory Programme Director at The NewBridge Project.