The NewBridge Project

Co-Act is a new Artist Development Programme for socially engaged artists hosted by The NewBridge Project.


Co-Act will bring together four early-career artists to develop collaborative and socially engaged ways of working. They’ll learn new skills and approaches and be able to explore their own values and ethics with support from each other, specially invited mentors, and NewBridge.

Each artist will be commissioned to develop an ambitious new artwork which they will be invited to share at the end of the programme. They will be supported to experiment, to be bold, and to meaningfully use the skills they have developed through the Co-Act programme.

Tailored to the needs and interests of the participants, the programme will include workshops, peer-led sharing, and opportunities to shadow experienced artists, alongside wrap-around support from an artist mentor and NewBridge staff, and the nurturing, creative community of artists based at NewBridge.

We’re so excited to be able to offer this new and exciting opportunity for artists, which will support them to develop new skills and authentic ways of working collaboratively. We look forward to going on this journey with the four artists, and to experiencing the imaginative art work they’ll be making that builds on their learning.

Co-Act brings together NewBridge’s commitment to artist development, our passion for socially engaged and collaborative practices, and in supporting the creation of new work that is produced alongside communities or embedded within a locality.

Having been invaluably supported through the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme 2020-2022, which embedded deep learning within our team, we are thrilled to be supported by Jerwood Arts on this programme. Their approach to supporting early career artists, seeking out distinctive development pathways and their commitment to learning aligns so well with our own values and ways of working. – Rebecca Huggan, Director, The NewBridge Project.


We are delighted to be supporting the Co-Act programme, creating an exceptional opportunity for artists keen to develop their experience in socially engaged practices. It is such a skilled and high impactful field of the arts, which has the power to touch people’s lives in small and big ways, and make extraordinary new work. NewBridge’s deep-rooted community connections in Shieldfield and local and national networks of artists mean the artists will be surrounded by the necessary knowledge and learning to grow into their practice and thrive. – Jon Opie, Deputy Director, Jerwood Arts

The programme will run from September 2023 – March 2025. Applications will open in Summer 2023.

Photograph of Lady Kitt in residence as part of Home-rearing at The NewBridge Project by Matt Denham. Image courtesy of The Newbridge Project. Photo by Matt Denham.