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*OPEN CALL OPPORTUNITY* The Collective Studio – Graduate Development Programme

Posted: 6 Jun 2017


The Collective Studio | Graduate Development Programme

Open Call for Creative Graduates
Deadline for Applications: Thursday 20th July 2017

The NewBridge Project is looking for creative graduates to be part of The Collective Studio, a one-year Graduate Development Programme from September 2017 – September 2018 in partnership with Newcastle University.

The Collective Studio will support the development of creative talent in the North East region and equip practitioners with the necessary skills to manage their creative practice, bridging the gap between University, studio-based practice, the gallery and the workplace.

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.

We are looking for graduates interested in a career in the arts and culture sector; we would particularly like to hear from visual artists, curators, filmmakers, photographers, performers, writers, architects, designers and creative producers/organisers.

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.

What we provide:

Subsidised Studio/Workspace
The Collective Studio will provide subsidized shared studio and workspace for the year, helping generate a supportive and dedicated community of artists, makers, writers, architects, filmmakers and designers. Creating a forum for shared learning, collaboration, critical conversation, space for networks to cultivate and alternative models of practice to develop.

Peer-Led Events
The Collective Studio will support the development of a dynamic programme of peer-led events, such as workshops, talks, field-trips, performances, exchanges, one-to-one sessions and discussion groups. The programme of events will be shaped by the participants to create a bespoke programme that responds directly to their needs. There is a budget to invite selected speakers and practitioners to lead these sessions.

Each participant will receive an experienced mentor for the year, to work with on a one-to-one basis, helping provide new 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. The mentors will be selected to suit the interests and specialisms of the participants.

The one year programme will culminate in an exhibition/showcase of new work by the group developed during the programme.

Who Is Eligible
We are looking for 20 graduates to participate in the yearlong programme from September 2017-September 2018. This opportunity is open to BA and Masters level graduates who graduated in 2017 from any UK based University in any arts-based or related, creative course. A particular focus will be given to graduates from Newcastle University and the North East region but the programme is open to all.

We are looking for graduates interested in a career in the arts and culture sector; we would particularly like to hear from visual artists, curators, filmmakers, photographers, performers, writers, architects, designers and creative producers/organisers.

The programme is £60 per month per participant.
This price is highly subsidized, the cost 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.

We will provide:

  • Access to a subsided shared studio space
  • Access to shared workspaces (inc. co-work space) and social spaces
  • Opportunity to shape own professional development and events programme
  • Free access to Practice Makes Practice –NewBridge’s artist development programme
  • Members only opportunities, such as residencies, exhibitions, exchanges and field trips
  • Use of Project Spaces to test out ideas, exhibit and run events
  • The opportunity to be a part of an exciting and vibrant community of artists and creatives
  • A new support network from which to cultivate further opportunities and develop work. We are committed to The NewBridge Project remaining a discursive and productive working environment
  • A dedicated mentor
  • A final exhibition/showcase


To Apply

To apply for The Collective Studio, please email with:

  • Up to six images/examples of recent work
  • Bio (short paragraph explaining the type of work you do and any notable/relevant experience)
  • CV (detailing any relevant experience)
  • Details of University and degree programme
  • Brief statement summarising why you would like to be part of the The Collective Studio programme and The NewBridge Project and how it would benefit your development

Please include ‘The Collective Studio APPLICATION’ in the email subject.

If you have any questions about the programme or application please email or call 0191 232 8975.

DEADLINE: Thursday 20th July 2017

About The NewBridge Project:
The NewBridge Project is an award winning 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 and events.

The NewBridge Project was established in 2010 to provide exchange and support in an engaged and discursive community of over 70 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 has always been committed to supporting recent graduates and early career artists; set up 7 years ago and run by Newcastle University Fine Art graduates to create affordable workspace, develop artistic talent, provide professional development and exhibition opportunities and create a supportive network of artists.

The Collective Studio is supported by Newcastle University and Newcastle University Institute for Creative Arts Practice.

The NewBridge Project and Practice makes Practice is also supported by Arts Council England and Newcastle Culture Investment Fund at Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.