Our Phase 2 was from 2017 to 2020 when the focus of our activity turned to new wards in Sunderland and South Tyneside. Our new wards were 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.

We continued with our seasonal programme of community art workshops, classes and sessions, as well as delivering large-scale performances and projects such as:


FIREFLIGHT – a co-commission with the Sunderland MAC Trust, this was a spectacular outdoor performance which opened The Fire Station;

SUMMER STREETS – a day of live music held at Thompson Park, Sunderland


SET THE SAILS – A project that engaged local communities with the visit to Sunderland of the Tall Ships Race. Groups worked with artists to produce fabrics, banners, artwork and even a replica viking boat!

BITE-SIZE THEATRE – four new pieces of theatre were delivered at community venues in South Tyneside, including a pub and a football ground.

SOUTH TYNESIDE PICTURE BOOKS – We worked with five local artists and five local primary schools, we produced seven picture books based on stories and drawings from pupils.


HEART OF THE HOUSE – a joint commission with The Customs House, to mark their 25th anniversary as an arts venue.

We also delivered several research and development projects and our Your Art support for local organisations wanting to start or explore delivering arts activities. We also continued to organise our popular Go and See visits, enabling local residents to explore events, festivals and arts activities further afield.

Our Phase 2 brochure sums up our second three years…