Our Community Champions

The Cultural Spring’s Community Champions are a network of people passionate about the arts in their local community and who will work with us to help shape the project.

Everyone can get involved – whether it be by spreading the word about Cultural Spring projects in your neighbourhood; helping us to decide what art we programme; curate and commission; taking the lead in developing new activities; helping to advocate for more arts activity locally; taking part in cultural trips to theatres galleries and festivals across the North East, or getting involved in local training about managing arts projects.

Some of these opportunities will be paid and some will be on a voluntary basis.

Join our Community Champion Forum.

If you would like to find out more please email Michael Barrass or call 0191 427 8197.

Lucyanne Mackie, Cultural Spring Community Champion

CS-Lucyanne-siteLucyanne has been with the Cultural Spring since the very start as a Community Champion who has taken part in creative workshops, Go and See visits, attended larger scale commissions and assisted on decision making panels.

“Being involved with the Cultural Spring Project has been such a positive experience for me in many ways. Initially it was a pleasure to become absorbed in lots of different art and music taster sessions, it really reminded me how much I enjoyed both the creative input as well as getting together with like-minded people in the community.

I grew in confidence under the gentle and reassuring guidance of the artists leading the sessions. The emphasis really does seem to be upon enjoyment and self-discovery without pressure, and there have been many hilarious moments.

It was a completely unexpected pleasure to be invited on to the selection panel for meeting and interviewing potential artists for upcoming events. It was an opportunity to observe both the talent being sourced and their approach to involving the community. It was good to know that community input is important to The Cultural Spring and that there is continuing provision for representation”

Sandra Naglis, Cultural Spring Community Champion

Sandra has taken part in multiple Cultural Spring workshops, larger scale events, attended Go and See visits, assisted in panel discussions and decisions and attended a Creative People and Places conference. Her involvement with The Cultural Spring has given her a renewed confidence and sense of purpose – and a great deal of enjoyment.

“I can’t sing the Cultural Spring’s praises high enough. Every Cultural Spring opportunity has helped to broaden my outlook in terms of cultural events”

Elaine Richards, Cultural Spring Community Champion

Elaine is a keen advocate for championing her experiences with The Cultural Spring. She has attended several workshops and Go and See events, including trips to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Hull City of Culture and the Festival of Thrift. She has always had an interest in the arts and has volunteered with The Cultural Spring and at other organisations.

“It’s great to be involved with a project engaging so many people – it’s not just easing some people’s social isolation, it’s teaching people new skills and sparking new interests”