Bordered Belonging

Wed – Sat, 12 – 5pm

Preview 2 February, 5 – 8pm

The NewBridge Project

Bordered Belonging explores the intersections of health, precarity, care and hostile environments.

Developed with writer, maker and social-tech activist Bhavani Esapathi, the project offers a platform for the voices and perspectives of those living in a system that does not always offer compassion, adequate care, or sanctuary.

Bordered Belonging offers a space to interrogate health inequalities, the role artists can play in creating solidarity, and mutual aid in (un)caring systems. It includes new work by Esapathi alongside Leah Clements‘ film Sick Bed, which uses virtual reality gaming to situate the viewer as someone who is stuck in bed with an unnamed illness, and Crip Quilt by Jamila Prowse, a large-scale patchwork quilt — showing alongside Prowse’s moving image work Spoons (After Carolyn Lazard). The film explores spoon theory, using spoons as a visualisation of the disparity in energy reserves between disabled and able-bodied people. Jamie Hale’s poem I wish to be held by a river, meanwhile, is painted directly on the gallery walls.

The exhibition includes an area for reading and reflecting, featuring texts from those who have inspired and contributed to the creation of this project, including the work of Jamie Hale, Nira Yuval Davis, Bob Williams Findlay, Alice Wong, and Shada Kafai.

The Shieldfield Centre 4 – 8 Clarence Walk (off Stoddart Street) Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1AL

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3 February—30 March 2024


  • Wed 12 – 5pm
  • Thu 12 – 5pm
  • Fri 12 – 5pm
  • Sat 12 – 5pm
  • Level access
  • Lifts to all areas
  • Large-format print
  • Accessible toilets
  • Baby changing facilities
  • 2 accessible parking spaces
  • Welcome trained and uniformed assistance dogs
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