Do We Want To Grow Up
2015, The NewBridge Project | Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

The exhibition co-curated with the NewBridge Programme Committee
A project exploring artist ecosystems; the models and systems by which we thrive or barely survive.

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.

This project forms part of The NewBridge Project’s 5th birthday – it will critically consider and celebrate the nature of artist-led communities and workspace. NewBridge Project Space will close for August, the exhibition will reopen in September with accompanying events. Artists: Minna Henriksson, Timothy Ivison and Julia Tcharfas, James Lomax, Agnieszka Polska Joseph Shaw.