Thursday, 30 March 2017

Welcome to my new studio at Carliol House

In October 2016, The NewBridge Project were given the upsetting news that Norham House, the birthplace and home of The NewBridge Project for the past 7 years, is going to be demolished and were given 6 months notice. The NewBridge staff worked incredibly hard to secure replacement premises to house the artists studios and programme.

A deal was made with our current Landlord, Motcombe Estates, to use one of their other premises, Carliol House. Located round the corner from our existing premises, Carliol House was the headquarters offices of the North Eastern Electricity Supply Company. It was built in 1924-8. The company was established as the Newcastle upon Tyne Electric Supply Company in 1889. The North Eastern Electric Supply Company was responsible for the supply of electricity to a large amount of North East England until the nationalisation of the British electricity industry with the Electricity Act 1947. A two year lease was signed to occupy the basement and first floor of the building, providing around 1,400 m2 of studio space, making and workshops facilities, and exhibition space to artists.

Over the past month studio holders have been moving out of Norham House and Dean and Joe from TILT have been building the new studios. They have made remarkable progress.


I have the van booked to move my stuff in on Saturday, but before then I want to give the walls a few coats of paint.

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