Be inspired by The Cultural Spring

Video by Andrew Hagan

The Cultural Spring is an exciting, ambitious project to get more people in Sunderland and South Tyneside to experience and be inspired by the arts.

We’ve been working with the best local, regional and national artists to ensure our programme really engages, enthuses, entertains and educates the 100,000 people living in our wards.

Arts Council England is funding the project for three years, but our aim is to leave a lasting legacy of communities with a genuine and abiding interest in the arts.

The project is driven by four partners – The University of Sunderland, The Customs House, the Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture Trust and Sangini– all of whom are passionate about igniting a Cultural Spring in our wards.

These wards are Hendon, Millfield, Pallion, Sandhill and St Anne’s in Sunderland, and Horsley Hill, Beacon and Bents, Simonside and Rekendyke, Monkton and Bede in South Tyneside.

Take a look below at all the projects, exhibitions and workshops we have commissioned over the last three years:




Cultural Spring is part of the Creative People and Places programme, initiated and funded by Arts Council England through the National Lottery. Creative People and Places is about more people taking the lead in choosing, creating and taking part in art experiences in the places where they live. There are 21 independent projects, each located in an area where people have traditionally had fewer opportunities to get involved with the arts. Creative People and Places projects have reached over 1.45 millionpeople, 91% of who do not regularly engage in the arts.

Take a look at what Creative People and Places projects are taking place around the country.