‘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.
Featured artists: Minna L Henriksson, Julia Tcharfas & Tim Ivison, Agnieszka Polska, James Lomax and Joseph Shaw
The 2-day Conversation will take place on Thursday 10 September & Friday 11 September at The NewBridge Project, BALTIC 39 & Tyneside Cinema
To celebrate the end of the ‘Do we need to grow up?’ and our 5th Birthday, there will also be a Party in NewBridge Project Space on Saturday 19th September, 6pm until 1am.