For several months, the Artists Food Bank Network has been working hard to keep foodbanks in the area fully stocked. Instigated by local artist and NewBridge Member Kat Bevan, the network includes drop-off points at artist hubs in the area, including The NewBridge Project, Breeze Creatives, 36 Lime Street, Cobalt Studios, B&D Studios and WORKPLACE.

Now, in the uncertain wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, foodbanks are experiencing unprecedented demand, and are running low on stock. To address this shortfall, the network have set up an online fundraiser. Their initial target was £500, but when this was quickly met they escalated it to £1000, and now they have decided to increase the target again to £10,000 to try and give the foodbanks the maximum stability possible.

They said: “In times of crisis it is important we work together to support vulnerable people in our community. The Covid-19 pandemic and UK Government advice regarding social distancing is restricting donations of food and non-food items at the supporting studios, galleries and venues. We are raising money in aid of The Trussell Trust food banks across Newcastle-Gateshead and every donation will help. Thank you in advance for your contribution.”


The campaign is receiving a lot of attention already, it was recently featured in The Chronicle, and we hope that it continues to be shared far and wide, and meets its target. Follow the Artists Food Bank Network on instagram and twitter to stay updated!

The Artist Food Bank Network is an artist-led, volunteer-run network of artists + studios making donations to food banks. Artists supporting food banks, helping local people in crisis.

The Trussell Trust, in conjunction with local communities, develops and runs sustainable projects in the UK tackling poverty and exclusion. Through the UK Foodbank Network and Community Enterprises they work with marginalised people in real need, providing practical care and support.

The Newbridge Project