10-month Development Programme

OCTOBER 2021 – AUGUST 2022

The Collective Studio is a development programme for early-career artists and/or recent graduates, and creative practitioners across a range of different practices.

The Collective Studio provides support, guidance and space to test out ideas and experiment within a nurturing and critically engaged community at The NewBridge Project.

The Collective Studio provides affordable studios and workspace, and a programme of training, events, mentoring, socials and opportunities to exhibit work, open to a diverse range of practices (see Who Is It For? below) tailored to each cohort.

The Collective Studio has a very broad definition of art and artistic practice. Perhaps you’ve just left university or finished a masters, you might not have been to university, but are searching for like-minded people, maybe you are returning to a creative endeavor after life got in the way for a while.

The Collective Studio has a flexible approach and evolves year on year. The structure and content of the programme is shaped by and for its members with support from The NewBridge Project’s Artist Development Programmer and other staff. It is set against the backdrop of our evolving public programme, which explores big topics like climate change and methods for collective solidarity that can help us imagine and live new futures.

It is run by The NewBridge Project in partnership with Newcastle University and its Institute for Creative Arts Practice.

10 month Membership Model

Individual Studio (Small – around 5m2) – £50p/m

Shared Studio (2 people in around 5m2) – £30p/m

Co-work/Hot-desk – £20p/m

Associate Membership
(Non North-East based practitioners only) £60p/y
(Virtual access to most activity)

How does it work?

The Collective Studio operates through a membership model providing different types of space membership including:

Individual studios (£50 per month – about 5m2); shared studios for up to 3 people (£30 per month – 2 people sharing a 5m2 space with own desk); co-working and hot desking (£20 per month); associate membership for non-regional practitioners (£60 per year / £5 per month – some activity accessible remotely).

Through this membership you also have access to a broader range of events and development opportunities through NewBridge’s ongoing artistic programme and Practice Makes Practice (our wider member-led development programme).

Along with studio and workspace, Collective Studio members will gain access to a regular and flexible curriculum of support, including events, socials and mentoring. The structure will be shaped around three 2-day workshops in October, January and April, monthly events with invited guest practitioners and regular socials and peer-led activity.

The Collective Studio will be based at The NewBridge Project in Shieldfield, Newcastle.

Who is it for?

The NewBridge Project is looking for any early-career practitioners and creative graduates to be part of The Collective Studio cohort from mid-October 2021 to August 2022.

The Collective Studio is open to all creative disciplines including (but not limited to):

  • Visual artists, curators, filmmakers, photographers, performers, writers, architects, sound artists, designers, creative producers/organisers, musicians, activists, ceramicists, sculptors, conceptual artists, socially engaged practitioners, poets, directors, actors and researchers. Get in touch if you aren’t sure as it’s highly likely your discipline is accepted!
  • Those who have not undertaken a formal education course but can demonstrate a fledgling creative practice.
  • Those who have completed an alternative or non-formal education programme in the last 3 years.
  • Those who have graduated from any university/art school/college in the last 3 years from an arts-based or related, creative course (BA and Master level welcome).
  • The Collective Studio 2020-21 is not open to those who have previously completed a graduate/Collective Studio programme at The NewBridge Project, or for people currently enrolled in higher education.


More info here

Deadline: 15/07/2021 12:00 am (Timezone: Etc/GMT+12)

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