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 three partners – the University of Sunderland, the Customs House and the Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture Trust – all of whom are passionate about igniting a Cultural Spring in our wards.

These wards are Castletown, Red House, Southwick, Fulwell and Roker/St Peter’s wards in Sunderland, and Biddick Hall and All Saints, Boldon Colliery, Cleadon and East Boldon, Whitburn and Marsden and Whiteleas in South Shields.

We’ve recently been awarded three years further funding and will be expanding into ten new wards in Sunderland and South Tyneside in 2017. 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 commissioned in our first and second year:




We are one of 21 Creative People and Places projects, funded by Arts Council England.

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