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OPPORTUNITY: Practice makes Practice – Residency

Posted: 6 Sep 2019


Practice makes Practice – Residency

Bursary: £1300 (accommodation & travel provided separately)
Duration: 4-week period
(Feb or March 2020 – time can be split across both months)
Deadline: Wednesday 2 October 2019, Midday

We invite artists to apply for Practice makes Practice – Residency. This one-month residency opportunity will provide artists with time and space to reflect on their practice within an active and engaged community of artists at The NewBridge Project. The residency will instill a spirit of collaboration, collectivity and exchange to generate peer learning, critical conversation and social interaction.

Practice Makes Practice – Residency will provide artists with time to test out ideas, experiment, develop networks, research new works/projects and explore new aspects of their practice without any expectation to produce new work.

This residency forms part of Practice makes Practice, an artist development programme run by artists for artists based at The NewBridge Project. During the residency, we will invite the selected artist in residence to input into the wider Practice makes Practice programme through instigating events, workshops or talks informed by their practice, feeding into their professional development and that of our members. We will provide a small budget for travel and fees to support this.

Practice Makes Practice – Residency is open to artists practicing in any art form and will be based within NewBridge Studios – a community of over 100 artists in Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead. We welcome proposals from artists keen to get involved and engage with The NewBridge Project, its programme and its members.

Previous artists who have undertaken this annual residency are; Caitlin Merrett King (2019), Nathaniel Whitfield (2018) and Gordon Douglas (2016).
Please note this is a member’s opportunity and you must be an associate member of The NewBridge Project to apply. To join please visit


  • Bursary: £1300
  • We will provide accommodation for 4weeks
  • We will cover the costs of UK based travel
  • We will provide you with a studio space at The NewBridge Project
  • We will provide support from NewBridge Staff and the Programme Committee during the residency
  • The residency will be for the duration of 4 weeks, ideally to take place in either February 2020 or March 2020. Please state in your application when you would like to undertake the residency.
  • We are open to the 4-week residency being spread over the two months (mentioned above) to accommodate for work / family / personal commitments that applicants might have – please state in your application if you would like to do this.
  • This opportunity is open to NewBridge Associate Members only. To join please visit: (not open to Studio Members)
  • The artist in residence will input into the Practice makes Practice programme to support their own professional development and NewBridge members, supported by NewBridge Project staff
  • Individual artists and artist/studio collectives may apply (though fee and costs cannot be increased for more than one person)
  • The opportunity is for artists at any stage of their career and practicing in any artform

How to apply:
To apply please send the following to us at with Practice makes Practice – Residency as the subject

Deadline: Wednesday 2 October, midday

  • Proposal (max 1 A4 pages)

    • Why you would like to undertake this residency at NewBridge
    • How it would benefit your practice
    • How you would engage with NewBridge members
    • What you intend to focus on for the residency
    • How you intend / would like to input into Practice makes Practice
  • In the same PDF document please include:
    • Your proposed dates and timeframe
    • Up to 6 supporting images of recent work or weblinks
  • If you would prefer you can also submit your application as a video / alternative media
  • Please send the following as 2 separate documents:
    • Artist CV/Bio
    • Completed Diversity monitoring form

If you have any queries please contact us on with Practice makes Practice – Residency Query as the subject, or +44(0)191 232 8975 (Monday – Tuesday) / +44(0)191 477 1884 (Tuesday – Friday)

More information:

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.

NewBridge Studios are situated in a Carliol House, a Grade II listed building in Newcastle and on Gateshead High Street, and offer space to artists at any stage of their career, working primarily within the field of visual art, with a desire to be part of a diverse and critically engaged community of over 100 artists and practitioners. The shared workspace is a collaborative environment that allows artists to discuss and develop new ideas and projects.

Practice Makes Practice
is an artist development programme run by artists for artists, initiated by The NewBridge Project.

Practice makes Practice focuses on developing artistic talent and equipping artists with the necessary skills to manage their practice, bridging the gap between art school, studio practice, the gallery and beyond.

Practice makes Practice is a regular programme of events, workshops, opportunities, talks, field-trips, exchanges and mentoring, creating a forum for shared learning, critical conversation, space for networks to cultivate and alternative models of practice to develop.

Practice makes Practice is open to all through a membership scheme. Creating a supportive cohort of artists to shape the programme ensuring it develops in response to the needs and interests of its members.



Click here to download Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form (must be submitted with application).


Image: Unintimacy, 2019, Matthew Pickering
(curated by PMP Resident, Caitlin Merrett King, with Grace Denton)