Day 1: Tuesday 13 August, 10am – 4pm
Day 2: Thursday 15 August, 10am – 4pm
Day 3: Thursday 22 August, 10am – 2pm
The NewBridge Project : Gateshead
This is a FREE drop in session, but please let us know if you are attending through this LINK.
The Newbridge Project, alongside artists Ross H Frew and Oliver Perry, are inviting participants to take part in a two-day workshop. Through collective action, the group will discuss, design and build a seating arrangement using waste materials gathered from various sources. The resulting seating will be used for the upcoming For Solidarity exhibition at The Newbridge gallery space, Gateshead.
Day One –
Participants are invited to think about and discuss, ideas around solidarity, collective making, adhocism, resourcefulness and the necessity of design. We will then examine the collected materials and devise a plan of action for day two.
Day Two & Three-
A day of building where the group ensure the appropriate, sensible and cunning use of the available materials and adhere to the principles set out in day one.
The NewBridge Project and the Solidarity Economy Association have been collaborating to create a useful tool that can make visible and strengthen all of the organisations, projects, initiatives and individuals in the region who are offering an alternative to the extractive and oppressive mainstream economic system.
In short, we’re creating a map of everything that is helping people to meet their material and social needs in ways that don’t harm people or the planet, and in ways that are contributing to building a more just and sustainable world. Around the world, this type of activity is known as the solidarity economy.
We believe that the first step to strengthening our solidarity economy is to help people understand it better and to help those working within it to support each other. We’re collecting information (data) from grassroots organisations, informal meetings, neighbourhood projects, local community groups, co-ops, and associations that share the values of the solidarity economy and using it to create a digital map and directory.
The map will be launched in September as part of For Solidarity, an exhibition presenting new collaborative artist commissions and a series of events that explore the map and respond to themes of Solidarity.
For now, please be sure to save the date and Get on the Map!
Please spread the word about the work we are doing, and in particular, invite any initiatives you feel should be represented on the map. It’s very easy to get involved, and you can get on the map by completing this short Survey (it will take 5-10 minutes to complete!) telling us some information about what you do.
Or if you would like to have a chat, please call us on +44 (0)191 477 1884 or email Niomi Fairweather.
Location: The NewBridge Project : Gateshead | 232-240 High Street, Gateshead, NE8 1AQ
Open: Wednesday – Friday, 12-6pm