3 – 5pm
NewBridge Project Space, 16 New Bridge St West, NE1 8AW
We invited you to the launch an exciting piece of research by Dr Martyn Hudson for Newcastle University, exploring the social and economic impact of The NewBridge Project as part of his research into arts and social change in the region.
We were joined by guests such as Hans Moller, former Chief Executive of Sweden’s Ideon Science Park & Director of Innovation at North East LEP; Julie Sanders, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Newcastle University; Sarah Munro, Director of Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art and John Tomaney, Professor at University College London (UCL). They shared insights into the impact of arts and culture and creative hubs on cities and responded directly to some of the conclusions of the research.
It was followed by a drinks reception and an exclusive viewing of the Moving on up, Moving on Out exhibition in the project space which features work by over 80 artist members and specially curated for the launch of the report.
The NewBridge Project was established in 2010, as part of a meanwhile project based from Norham House, a 27,000 ft2 office block, within the East Pilgrim Street area of Newcastle, marked for redevelopment and eventual demolition. For nearly 7 years it has been home to a vibrant community of artists, supporting hundreds of artists through; provision of studio & workspace, artist training & development programmes and a pioneering artist-led programme of exhibitions, commissions and events. In April, we bid farewell to our current building after 7 years, and are moving on to pastures new.
Moving on up, Moving on out, is a month long exhibition and programme of events, celebrating The NewBridge Project and the people who make it what it is.
Research Overview: Dr Martyn Hudson has been researching the social and economic benefits of The NewBridge Project. The retention of artists within the creative economy of the North East and looking at measures of value that accrue to the City of Newcastle specifically, have been part of the research. Particularly exciting have been the ways in which the artists have responded to themes of social justice and inclusion within the city and measurable ways in which the transformative power of arts and design work can be perceived. We will be offering a set of themes and case studies as The NewBridge Project moves into its new location and emerges as an even stronger voice for arts within the region and nationally.
Image by Keano Anton