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A to Z Unit at Artsadmin 2 Degrees Festival, London, 8-11 June 2017



What is the future of food in the face of climate change?


The A to Z Unit has been delegated by the 2 Degrees Festival to jump 50 years into the future to explore the new, renewable and modifiable economic commodity of micro_organisms (bacteria & yeasts). Micro_organisms are worth more than gold, and the key ingredient to the future of our food, economic and social systems. We have identified these resources and future sustainable food sources within the local craft food and beer micro_economic system of East London.


Join the A to Z UnitWe are recruiting a select team of micro_prospectors to join the A to Z Unit for our East London mission. Using a specialised toolkit we will harvest, map and sample local items such as bread, beer, cheese and other indicators of micro_organism transformed food and beverages before transporting them into the year 2067.

To sign up for this event and for further information please see-
2 Degrees Festival- 2 degrees Festival


Placement with Making Sense at Fab Lab Barcelona

I’m very excited to be starting my Northern Bridge/AHRC funded placement working with the Making Sense project at Fab Lab Barcelona!

Making Sense ( is a Horizon 2020 project aimed at exploring how open source software, open source hardware, digital maker practices and open design can be effectively used by local communities to fabricate their own sensing tools, make sense of their environments and address pressing environmental problems in air, water, soil and sound pollution.

I will be working with project lead, Mara Balestrini and Creative Director, Gui Seiz, to develop participatory and community strategies for engaging people in the Barcelona pilots.

Stay tuned for more details!

What does participation mean?

Credit and Copyright ©: Colin Davison +44 (0)7850 609 340
Credit and Copyright ©: Colin Davison
+44 (0)7850 609 340



I was recently invited to present by the Newcastle University Institute for Social Renewal at the university’s Insights Public Lecture Series. Here, I presented my work and research into how participatory art might interrogate the ways we experience global issues at the local level. In response, I have written a brief blog post that questions what we mean by participation – an important question to address when working within participatory art.

The post can be found here:





Breaking The 404th Wall

I’m delighted to announce a new project and exhibition I am working on with artists, Dominic Smith and Anthony Schrag: The 404th Wall and DIY-wania. The multi-phase project has been selected as part of ISEA2014 in Dubai and aims to investigate notions of place-making and the role of the artist in increasingly mediated landscapes. The project will take place between The NewBridge Project in Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)  and in Dubai, 30 October-8 November 2014, and will be viewable online.

The 404th Wall invites submissions to our open call for interpretations of the dreaded 404 error code. For more information and to apply, please visit our project website: Deadline: 10 September!


“What brings us closer potentially tears us apart. This is the underlying theme of The 404-th Wall, an experimental springboard of new platforms for participatory and new media practices. Hosted by The NewBridge Project and spearheaded by artists Alexia Mellor, Anthony Schrag and Dominic Smith, The 404-th Wall is a satellite project of the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), taking place in Dubai, 30 October-8 November, 2014. Referencing both Denis Diderot’s term “breaking the fourth wall” in which the boundary between audience and performer is removed, and the dreaded 404 Internet Error Code, The 404-th Wall presents a series of daily live-streamed events between Newcastle and Dubai, and new media interventions in the NewBridge Project Space exploring the connections and tensions created by our ubiquitous screen-based experiences. From Google Hangout Tea Parties, to commissioned new media pieces made visible only when the Internet connection drops, The 404-th Wall investigates our changing modes of communication as our interdependence with our screens increases.”




Working Culture Residency begins at The NewBridge Project, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

WCR logo



Working Culture Residency (WCR) is a participatory project by artist Alexia Mellor in partnership with The NewBridge Project, exploring the current working climate of the UK culture sector.

Whether you are an artist, administrator, local officer, or freelancer, Working Culture Residency is excited to welcome you to our hot desk studio setting. WCR is designed to meet the current working needs of culture sector professionals by providing a much-needed space to work in a vibrant and creative environment. The project also aims to facilitate dialogue, collaboration and understanding amongst the various factors and aspects involved in the sector.

Based on the concept of the Artist Placement Group from the 1960s and 70s in which artists were placed as residents in government and business institutions,WCR has as its mission to bring members of the wider NorthEast culture sector and funders together through a hot-desking space in the heart of The NewBridge Project artist studios.

 WCR reflects the common working model of hot-desking that many freelancers and sector workers use. Participants are invited to reserve a space at the hot-desks, providing time and space in Newcastle City Centre to base themselves during their workday.

The project provides opportunities for makers, funders and other cultural sector stakeholders to network and communicate in an informal, co-working situation, while gaining a better understanding of how the sector at large operates.

Spaces are completely free and available on a regular or one-time basis Tuesdays-Fridays, 10am-6pm from March 1-April 30, 2014. In addition to the regular hot-desking schedule, special events will be held throughout the residency period.

 For more information and to reserve a space for any length of time, please email us at:

The NewBridge Project supports artists to investigate and challenge the boundaries of contemporary art practice.

The NewBridge Project, 12 New Bridge Street West, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AW

Quilting Code at University of Sunderland, 20-21 January 2014

Quilting Code

Informed by the local tradition of Durham quilts and influenced by the underlying codes and motifs that make up the Internet and needlecraft practices, you are invited to participate in a new kind of quilting bee by developing a code through stitches to represent the way we use and contribute to Internet culture.

Join me 20-21 January from 10am-6pm in the Project Space, Priestman Building at University of Sunderland!