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OPPORTUNITY – The NewBridge Project – Programme Committee

Posted: 24 Apr 2018


The NewBridge Project – Programme Committee

Deadline: Monday 21 May, 5pm

We are looking for NewBridge Members to be part of our Programme Committee for 2018 -19. 

Members of the committee will work alongside The NewBridge Project staff to research and develop their own curatorial ideas as part of our commissions & exhibition programme.

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.

The committee is conceived as a hands-on, curatorial learning & development experience –  as well as supporting the production of a project, you will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience through a programme of tailored professional development and peer-to-peer learning with other committee members.

The current formation of the Programme Committee has evolved from various iterations of NewBridge committees, continuing our commitment to artist-led programming.

This opportunity is for NewBridge Members who are interested in gaining experience in curation and programming or have a particular research enquiry they would like to pursue. NewBridge Studio, Graduate (Collective Studio), Associate Artist and Co-work Members are eligible to apply. For details on how to become a member please visit our website.


Opportunity Outline

The NewBridge Project will deliver three projects supported by the Programme Committee. There are two opportunities to curate an exhibition or project in the NewBridge Gallery Space in Gateshead, and one opportunity to develop an off-site commission in Newcastle that focuses on social engagement.

Two opportunities to help curate an exhibition / or develop a commission with The NewBridge Project for NewBridge Gallery Space, Gateshead. Committee members can propose artists and/or an area of research to help shape an exhibition of new and experimental work.

  • To take place in The NewBridge Project : Gateshead Gallery Space
  • Budget per exhibition – £4,500
  • Exhibitions will take place between January-March 2019
  • Committee research stipend per exhibition – £500

Off-site commission
One opportunity to help develop an off-site project with The NewBridge Project in response to the social and civic landscape of the Northeast. The commission will embed community participation and co-production, with selected artist/s working with various community groups across Newcastle upon Tyne. The final outcomes will be presented in the public realm, ensuring that the work is accessible to different communities and the wider public.

  • To take place in/or across Newcastle
  • Commission budget – £4,500
  • To take place anytime up until March 2019
  • Committee research stipend – £500


About: The NewBridge Project 

NewBridge Gallery Space supports the production and presentation of new artwork through an artist-led programme of commissions, exhibitions, screenings, performances and events. We encourage artists to make-work on their own terms, supporting ambitious and pioneering work at a grassroots level.

We provide opportunities for regional and national early-career artists at key points in their artistic development. We work with regional, national and international established and mid-career artists to enable them to experiment outside an institutional framework and create platforms where artists at any stage of their career can exhibit alongside one another, cultivating an environment of experimentation, exchange and collaboration.

Our artist-led programme is delivered in consultation with our members, we work with a rolling committee of NewBridge artists and curators to produce a critically engaged and diverse programme responsive to the socio, political and civic environment within which it exists.

Role of a committee member

  • Build relationships with artists and organisations to help realise project/exhibition
  • Carry out research & development 
  • Be supported by NewBridge staff on development and production
  • Initiate projects that will challenge audiences with a focus on experimentation and critique
  • Develop a programme that is responsive to the social, political and civic climate within which it exists
  • Attend monthly meetings with other Committee members, NewBridge staff and artists (amount of time/meetings may increase in the run up to project delivery).
  • Attend professional development events and opportunities devised alongside NewBridge staff and other committee members.

Please note that this is a professional development opportunity. This is a voluntary role, and you will be supported by and work closely with NewBridge staff to develop and deliver an artist-led programme. The Programme Committee aims to be flexible and fit around other commitments, if you have any questions about time commitment get in touch with Rebecca at

Benefits of being a Programme Committee Member

As a member of the committee you will gain:

  • Access to a programme of Professional development opportunities, such as one-to-ones with renowned curators or practitioners (these will be programmed in dialogue with the selected committee)
  • Peer-led development and conversation with other committee members
  • The opportunity to expand your curatorial experience 
  • Support from The NewBridge Project staff eg. to apply for additional funds, to support you to make new partnerships where appropriate etc.
  • A research stipend of £500 per project to cover travel and research costs (£1500 in total for committee)

How to apply

Please send a proposal outlining your interest in being a member of the Committee to Rebecca Huggan at 

  • Outline your interest/reasons for wanting to be part of the Programme Committee (& which opportunity you are particularly interested in i.e. Gallery exhibition or off-site commission) 
  • Any initial ideas for a project/exhibition you’d be interested in pursuing eg. artist/s that you would like to work with, or a specific research area or theme that you want to explore (these do not have to be fixed, confirmed or resolved, but will enable us to have a good understanding of your interests)
  • Background to your work and any previous experience and/or CV

Deadline: Monday 21 May, 5pm

Further notes

  • This opportunity is specifically for NewBridge members (Studio / Graduate / Associate / Co-work)
  • We are interested in working with artists and curators at the beginning of their careers, there is no requirement for previous curatorial, research or production experience. 
  • This is not an opportunity for an artist wishing to exhibit their own work, although a programme committee member may show their work as part of a group exhibition if appropriate. 
  • You can apply as an individual, duo, collective or group (please note that the research stipend and project budget will remain the same)
  • Please get in touch with Rebecca or on 0191 232 8975 if you have any questions.

Key Dates

Deadline for applications: Monday 21 May, 5pm

Development / delivery period: June 2018 – March 2019