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Practice Makes Practice

Practice Makes Practice membership (NewBridge Associates) and bursaries

Posted: 1 December 2022

Practice Makes Practice has a large programme of member-led and NewBridge-programmed workshops, talks, film-screenings, crits, socials, trips, and opportunities – at least one thing a month and usually much more! We tend to cover the pragmatic side of things as well as creative activity. We also offer mentoring and 1-1 support.

You’d be joining a vibrant, connected community of artists, makers and creative practitioners. At the moment we have around 100 studio members, 10 hot-desk members, 80 associates and 40 on other artist development programmes (not even counting the youth programme!) so you’d be joining a vibrant and varied group of artists and creative practitioners.

The main reason to be a member and come to events is to meet people, make friends and become one another’s mutual support structures.

The other reason is that the content of the activities is designed to give you a broad and well-rounded set of experiences to help you develop your practices.

Some of the recent and upcoming activity includes: Neighbourhood Watch, a monthly moving image sharing event where people show up to 10 minutes of whatever film/video/animation work they like, from daft sketches on a smartphone to snippets of feature-length movies; Critical Writing workshop with Lauren Velvick (Corridor 8, ArtMonthly etc); Tax and Self Assessment workshop; Peer Review community crits where you can share work in progress ideas and get valuable feedback; trips to things like Manchester International Festival and Glasgow International; and socials.

Membership of NewBridge also opens up other possibilities. We share elements of our programme with members of other national organisations. The Kaleidoscope Network sees us, Primary (Nottingham); Eastside Projects (Birmingham) and Spike Island (Bristol) opening one event a month to each other’s membership (with hybrid events in real life where they take place and online for everyone else) and are a great opportunity to expand your horizons.

These four organisations, with the addition of CAMP (Plymouth), Castlefield Gallery (Manchester) and Turf (Croydon) also run The Exchange, a 1-1 peer buddy system for artists to develop ideas with like minds from across the country. A programme of events accompanies this.

Events are free to members, and usually have a small charge (£3) for non-members.

Opportunities such as the Exchange and PMP Residency are only open to members.

If you are on another programme, such as Create/Disrupt or the Collective Studio, you are already a member!

We are offering ten bursary Associate memberships of NewBridge to people who might face barriers to getting involved. 

We don’t ask for onerous supporting evidence and a simple “I am applying for a bursary Associate membership on the grounds of class/race/income/disability/etc” will suffice.

Please email Dan on to find out more.

If you are applying for a bursary email Dan and he will send you the information you need to register.