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Practice Makes Practice X MOTHEROTHER Residency 2023

Posted: 1 December 2022

We often announce the new Practice Makes Practice Residency late in the year, and this time is no exception.

However, we are offering something a little different with the next residency. We are joining forces with the MOTHEROTHER project initiated by NewBridge member Sue Loughlin, and will be having a gentler application process so we can tailor the situation to the requirements of the resident.

MOTHEROTHER is an inclusive and supportive collective for artists who are also caregivers. The term caregiver applies to the broad spectrum of parents, guardians and carers across our community. For more information about MOTHEROTHER please follow:


Who is the PMP X MO residency for?

This residency if for any artist who has a significant caring role which has impacted their ability to engage with residencies in the past, or who may face barriers in developing their practice because of their caring role, or who maybe struggling to navigate within the current art infrastructure due to the lack of support for artists with caring responsibilities.

This residency is for artists of any age or stage in their career, though we are particularly interested in working with early career artists, from currently underrepresented groups, who may be facing multiple barriers to the development of their practice.

The residency will be adapted to take special consideration of your personal needs as a caregiver.

The residency will take place in autumn 2023, rather than spring.

As such, we are asking for a one-sentence expression of interest to gauge initial uptake.

The residency will be similar in approach to past residencies, in that we will offer space, time and support to practice in whatever artform you want, and not expect an outcome. As such, the residency prioritises research, thinking, making and doing.

To apply for the residency you must be a member of The NewBridge Project, but we offer bursary places for Associate membership if you face barriers to involvement and the next round of bursary places is currently open for application.

You can find out more about the bursaries and the Associate membership of NewBridge (that gives you access to Practice Makes Practice events and opportunities) here.

Deadline for initial expressions of interest: Monday 16th January

Please send an email with the heading PMPxMO  to simply saying “I am interested in the residency”. You don’t need to send a CV, covering letter or any examples of work. We will be devising an appropriate application process after gauging the requirements of those who register interest.

The selection of the resident will take place via a written, recorded or conversational application process to select an artist by the end of July ‘23.

If you don’t log your interest by January 16th, don’t worry – there will be another opportunity to do so later next year. However, you will have more input on the process if you get involved sooner.

Residency period: between 11/9/23 and 30/11/23

With this residency being a collaboration between NewBridge and MOTHEROTHER, you are invited to get involved in the broader MOTHEROTHER programme. This also includes artist meet-ups, community events and an exhibition. You might like to put the following MOTHEROTHER dates in your diary now:

Artist Meet-up One – Launch: 31 January, 12.30–3pm. NewBridge Project

Artist Meet-up Two – 18th April 2023, 12.30–3pm. Sunderland Culture

Artist Meet-up Three – 18th July 2023, 12.30–3pm. NewBridge Project

Artist Meet-up Four – 12th October 2023, 12.30–3pm. Pineapple Black

Artist Meet-up Five – 23rd Jan 2024, 12.30-3pm. NewBridge Project

Artist Meet-up Six –  12th April 2024, 12.30-3pm. The Auxiliary Project Space

Artist Meet-up Seven – 16th July 2024, 12.30-3pm. NewBridge Project

Artist Meet-up Eight – Reflection Event – 9th October 2024, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

To register for the first meet-up on 31st January, you can book here:

If you have any questions about the residency, application process, MOTHEROTHER or NewBridge, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Dan Russell for an email exchange or online/real life meet up.


Frequently Asked Questions

Sue Loughlin has been supported by NewBridge to develop MOTHEROTHER as an independent project. Often with our programme (including residencies) we try and work in new ways to learn how best to inform future practice, and to share what we learn with others. The subject of MOTHEROTHER’s interest: supporting artists with all manner of caring responsibilities, resonates with work we are doing on accessibility and it was decided to combine efforts instead of duplicating activity.

No, you can have any caring responsibilities: for children, adults, other dependents etc that have impacted your ability to practice as an artist.

On this occasion you can’t apply. In future PMP Residencies will have different remits again.


Yes. Although it’s unlikely our travel budgets extend to international residents.

That’s one way of thinking about it. Another would be that we are going to be using the learning from this project, to advocate (with our extensive network of partner organisations) for making more opportunities and work more accessible for artists with caring responsibilities.


This residency is supported by North of Tyne Combined Authority and as such must benefit people in this area (NewcastleUpon Tyne, North Tyneside, Northumberland). The artist will either: live in the North of Tyne area; connect with residents of North of Tyne through being in residence at the NewBridge studios in the Shieldfield neighbourhood; strengthen links to other North of Tyne artists, organisations and initiatives.

This residency is part of Practice Makes Practice, an artist development programme run by artists for artists, initiated by The NewBridge Project and supported by Newcastle Culture Investment Fund and North of Tyne Combined Authority. This residency is supported by North of Tyne Combined Authority and a National Lottery Project Grant from Arts Council England for the Mother/Other project.