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The NewBridge Project | 5th Birthday: Do we need to grow up? 2-Day Conversation

Image: Timothy Ivison & Julia Tcharfas, Metropotamia, 2011 (Hilary Crisp Gallery)

Image: Timothy Ivison & Julia Tcharfas, Metropotamia, 2011 (Hilary Crisp Gallery)

Do we need to grow up? – a project exploring artist ecosystems; the models and systems by which we thrive or barely survive.

Do we need to grow up? forms part of The NewBridge Project’s 5th Birthday, it encompasses an exhibition, 2-day conversation and birthday party – the programme will critically consider and celebrate the nature of artist-led communities and workspace.

What are the rules, interactions and conditions that form and cultivate artist-led communities and workspaces? Do these delicate artist ecosystems have a lifespan, how long before we become the institution we react against – do we need to grow up?  

The eruption of artist clusters and DIY culture is often counterbalanced with economic stability and redevelopment strategy; forming a complex set of relationships between the people who live in a place, artists, arts organisations and the cultural policy that determines how we produce and consume.  Do we need to grow up? examines these connections and how particular ecologies evolve beyond a singular movement.


Thursday 10 September & Friday 11 September
Venues: The NewBridge Project, BALTIC 39, Tyneside Cinema
Tickets: FREE, booking and deposit required

We are having a 2-day conversation in aid of The NewBridge Project’s 5th Birthday; there has been a boom in repurposing empty buildings for creative ‘meanwhile’ use – we’ll be exploring the various models; the vibrant artist ecology that grows from these creative hubs; the necessary social, cultural and political conditions and what comes next…..

2-day conversation will bring together; artists, arts organisations, artist-led initiatives, local authorities, funding bodies, developers, Universities, researchers and architects to explore:

-      the various models and approaches from; artist studios, project spaces and galleries, live/work space, creative hubs and so on

-      how these initiatives have survived and can hope to be sustained

-      the social, political and cultural factors that influence artists and spaces

-      the institutional and civic role in artist-led activity

-      what are the necessary conditions for artist clusters and creative hubs

-      What comes next…..

2-day conversation will culminate in a screening on Friday evening of ‘72-82’ at Tyneside Cinema about the extraordinary history of Acme Studios (London) accompanied by a Q&A with Jonathan Harvey (Co-founder and Chief Executive of Acme Studios).  

Contributions from: East Street Arts (Leeds), Grand Union (Birmingham), Castlefield Gallery (Manchester), Star & Shadow Cinema (Newcastle), Acme Studios (London), BALTIC Centre of Contemporary Art (Gateshead), Tom Warburton (Director of Investment & Development, Newcastle City Council), Jane Tarr (Director Organisational Resilience and Environmental Sustainability and North, Arts Council England), Alex Niven (writer and Assistant Editor of New Left Review) and more TBC.

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