What a fantastic week it was for Sunderland as The Tall Ships finally came to the city. There were an estimated 1.2 million people who visited over the five days as more than 50 ships took part.
Celebrations took place throughout the week and there were lots of things to get involved with from welcome parades, creative workshops, seeing local and international artists perform, the Summer Streets music festival and of course seeing the many different ships on the Wear.
We’ve had a brilliant time over the last few months working with community groups and schools on our Set the Sails projects. With funding from Arts Council England, HLF, Sunderland East Area Initiatives, and a local charitable trust, we have been able to engage lots of people in creative projects relating to The Tall Ships.
Some of the groups worked with artists and created their own boats and ships made out of glass, created their own Tall Ships themed fabrics and banner and the group from St Marks Church in Millfield even made their very own 15ft long Viking boat that featured in the welcome parade.
We’d also like to say thank you to The Bridges Shopping Centre, The Fire Station and Sunderland Minster who have hosted our Set the Sails exhibitions which gave the groups a chance to show their work off to the public.