Artist residency: Newcastle Bridges School and Glow, Newcastle

Newcastle Bridges School and Glow, Newcastle are inviting applications from multi-disciplinary artists for an exciting and innovative residency at the school’s main Kenton site.

Deadline: Sunday 24th March 2024

Call for applications: Glow, Newcastle Cultural Education Partnership and Newcastle Bridges School artist’s residency 

Deadline: Sunday 24th March 2024

Glow, Newcastle’s Cultural Education Partnership and Newcastle Bridges School are seeking artists or cultural practitioners working in Newcastle upon Tyne’s creative industries for a school-based residency.

Glow, Newcastle supports children and young people to participate in high-quality cultural experiences in school and beyond.  We forge cross-sector partnerships to meet the creative needs and interests of young people in each setting, and broaden the range of cultural experiences and opportunities available to them.

This residency will support one artist or organisation to lead a co-creation project with Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 learners and their teaching teams at Newcastle Bridges School.  Newcastle Bridges is an Alternative Provision Academy within the Prosper Learning Trust, supporting young people who are not able to fully access mainstream education to continue to learn, thrive and develop their potential in a safe, nurturing environment.


Fee and timescales:

20 half days @ £3000 to be scheduled in agreement with the resident artist, Newcastle Bridges School and Glow, Newcastle.  This includes a wider staff CPD session growing out of the themes and approaches which emerge from the residency.  The fee includes travel to and from the venue at their main school site in Kenton.


Themes: Spark, Mix, Connect: Our Art, Our Way

Glow, Newcastle and Newcastle Bridges School have created this residency to explore the ways in which making art and engaging in co-creative practice can seed and nourish positive mental health and creative innovation for KS3 and KS4 pupils.  

We are seeking a multi-disciplinary artist who can work responsively across mediums and guide pupils with a range of learning and engagement needs in a peer-led, participatory art project.  Critical outcomes for pupils include:

  • Developing personal agency
  • Building self-acceptance, self-esteem and resilience
  • Forming healthy social connections and relationships through creative risk-taking, planning, making and sharing of outputs
  • Empowerment through decision-making
  • Taking ownership of aspects of the work, chosen by themselves
  • Feeling proud of their work as individuals and as a team
  • Having fun, enjoy experimenting, play with creative purpose

It is essential that the artist has experience of working with young people aged 11 – 16 with complex mental health presentations including SEND and SEMH diagnoses.  Applicants must be prepared to demonstrate this experience and their sensitivity to the needs of young people facing these challenges.  

The residency will actively engage with ideas of exclusion and marginalisation, owning your identity, making informed choices and safe, inclusive social connections.

Newcastle Bridges School is  committed to providing a safe, nurturing learning environment for young people who are unable to cope with mainstream settings due to medical or mental health reasons.  The resident artist will work alongside the young people’s regular teaching teams to co-deliver and co-create input sessions.  They will be supported at all times by staff who know the young people best and can advise on their needs and approaches.


We’d love to hear from artists and cultural organisations who:

  • Have worked with young people with complex mental health, SEND or SEMH presentations or diagnoses.
  • Can demonstrate an understanding of and range of approaches to:
    • supporting young people who experience barriers to learning and social engagement
    • helping them to build their creative risk-taking skills, and their ability to work individually and / or collaboratively
    • adapting these appropriate to each young person’s needs in a changeable classroom dynamic
  • Can facilitate safe, stimulating co-creative environments where young people can learn to express themselves in positive, constructive, individually appropriate ways


The resident artist or organisation will deliver a CPD session to the wider staff body, based on themes and approaches emerging in the sessions which could be usefully adapted to engage learners across the curriculum.  

The work created will also feature in Glow, Newcastle’s city-wide celebration of our creative partnership outputs in the summer.  

Current DBS for child workforce and Limited Liability Insurance are essential for all applicants.  



Stage 1 

  • Planning briefing with the KS3 and KS4 teaching teams and Glow producer, Ann Winter
  • Schedule agreed 
  • Co-creation project begins (whole project to take 20 half days – timeline to be confirmed)

Stage 2

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) session for the wider staff body, demonstrating your work and facilitation methods and sharing learning through your practice.
  • Co-creation project continues, focusing more on outputs and media

Stage 3

  • Celebration event sharing project outputs with parents and carers, the wider school community, Glow, Newcastle staff and Trustees and other stakeholders.


Application and Interview Process

  • Submit an expression of interest highlighting your interest in this opportunity, your CV and two professional references to Glow, Newcastle Producer Ann Winter by Sunday, 24th March 2024 
  • Include a portfolio of previous work and relevant links and / or social media handles where relevant.  Please ensure any portfolios are sent as pdfs and under 5MB to Ann 
  • Candidates will be shortlisted and invited to interview week beginning 25th March 2024.  



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